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22 August 2017

Educate 4 sustainable resources

Educating for sustainable resource use and raising awareness of related global justice is a challenge, which should start in primary school, if not earlier. As focused educational materials are scarce, especially in Central and Eastern Europe, we developed an educational toolkit within our Stop mad mining campaign, which will be presented to teachers from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic at national workshops. For the educational toolkit we took the car industry with its extensive supply chain as an example, which has high economic importance in all four countries, and presented the various global, regional, national and local aspects from economic, social and environmental points of view. The first teacher workshop will take place in Hungary on 29 August.

These activities are co-financed by the International Visegrad Fund and the European Union and implemented together with SCCD from Slovakia, IGO fom Poland and Glopolis from the Czech Republic.

26 July 2013

Natura 2000 management workshop in Bulgaria

CEEweb for Biodiversity jointly with Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation and the European Environmental Bureau are organizing a workshop on Natura 2000 management with special focus on the Alpine Biogeographical Process, forest habitats and threats identification. The meeting will take place in Blagoevgrad, near the Rila mountain in Bulgaria on 12-14 September, 2013.
Participants of the workshop will represent several CEE counties (Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania) and some Western European countries too (Austria, Germany). The aim of the event is to discuss recent Natura 2000 isssues at policy level (e.g. designation, management regulation, the Priority Action Framework and the Art. 17 reporting process) as well as in practical terms. For the latter, main threats in management and different management options will be discussed focusing of some highlighted Alpine and forest habitats, building on practical experiences of the participants. Based on the discussion, a list of identified threats and management recommendations will be compiled and channeled into the Alpine Biogeographical Seminar as well as the EU discussion about the Natura 2000 forestry guidance.
Please find here the draft agenda of the meeting. For further information in terms of the event, please contact Ildikó Arany, project coordinator.

24 July 2013

IPBES Pan-European stakeholder meeting in Leipzig

On July 16-18, CEEweb participated in the IPBES Pan-European stakeholder meeting in Leipzig to provide input to the forming draft work programme and stakeholder engagement strategy.

IPBES – the ‘Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) – was created in April 2012, as an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations. The members are committed to building IPBES as the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet’s biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society. This particular meeting in Leipzig, Germany aimed to involve stakeholders to formulate the main documents of the still forming platform, such as the draft work programme and the stakeholder engagement strategy.
The public review process is still open and if you are interested to provide comments to the documents, please do so based on the following’s link’s instruction by July 28:
Also please note that, there is going to be the second plenary of IPBES in December in Antalya, where stakeholders are also invited to take part:

20 April 2012

Running business in a resource constrained world

Running business in a resource constrained world – Workshop on possible solutions and cooperation between businesses and NGOs for Achieving EU targets on Resource Efficiency and Biodiversity

The EU Biodiversity Strategy foresees an increased mainstreaming of biodiversity in the business sector. This calls for innovative solutions and approaches, where it is possible to find common interests and goals for NGOs and businesses. The goal of the workshop that took place on 28 March in Brussels was to highlight these new approaches and discuss their pros and cons.

The first part focused strongly on the issue of resources and possible tools on how to reach
sustainable resource management and thus support the efforts to stop the loss of biodiversity.
Klára Hajdu (CEEweb for Biodiversity) pointed out the complex relationships between resource use and biodiversity loss, as well as the possible strategies of businesses to reduce the environmental impact of resource use. She stressed the need for systemic solutions for reducing resource use based
on the findings of the UNEP’s International Resource Panel’s Decoupling Report. See the presentation here.

Next Stefan Hörmann (GNF) underlined the importance of the relationship between business and biodiversity. Companies can play a significant role in biodiversity protection and can develop new business opportunities around ecosystem services. The presentation highlighted two emerging trends that are likely to become increasingly important: The „no net loss” initiative and corporate ecosystem valuation.

Lastly, Chris Boyd from the European Commission’s DG Environment, put the relation of resource use and biodiversity in a widerperspectiveand made special reference to the EU’s Strategy for Biodiversity to 2020.

In the ensuing discussion possible tools to promote resource efficiency were examined. First, (integrated) reporting is seen as crucial as it forces the companies to measure their impacts while at the same time they are held accountable. This also led to the second discussed topic, which was the integration of environmental aspects into financial accounting that can also be used by the financial industry to evaluate a company’s environmental performance. The energy quota scheme to limit non-renewable energy use in Europe was also presented, which could stimulate green investments and sustainable production and consumption through a revolving fund and a secondary market. Even though many different facets could be considered to create the perfecttoola conclusion of the workshop is that one should not wait for the perfecttooland start with what is available and improve them along the way while using the instruments in practice.


18 April 2012

Biodiversity training for NGOs

CEEweb organized a training on behalf of National Society of Conservationsists – Friends of the Earth Hungary and the Swiss Pro Natura on biodiversity with the support of the Swiss contribution. The training aimed to inform the Hungarian NGOs about international and national biodiversity policies through providing Swiss experience. The two-day training took place between 19-20 April in Gömörszőlős, Northern Hungary.

Photo: greenfo.hu

28 February 2012

Possibilities of land management integration into relevant EU policies

CEEweb for Biodiversity’s event, ‘Possibilities of land management integration into the Green Infrastructure Strategy and the 7th EAP – the Visegrad experience‘ took place on 27 March 2012, Brussels, at the Balassi Institute (1000 Brussels, Treurenberg 10.).

Green Infrastructure, land use and the assessment of ecosystem services are high on the biodiversity agenda now acknowledging the fact that unsustainable land- use practices are one of the number one causes for habitat fragmentation and destruction. The Visegrad Countries’ project titled as ‘Conservation of Natural Heritage of Visegrad Countries Through Saving Biodiversity In The Landscape’ aimed to focus on these issues and assessed the national green infrastructure elements in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. Our main objective was to provide information on the recent status of these elements and to offer recommendations for the development of Green Infrastructure and other relevant policies at national and EU level.

With the conference, our purpose was to introduce the outcomes of our Visegrad experience with its relevancy for the Green Infrastructure Strategy and the 7th EAP, to give up-to-date information on related strategies and policies, and to bound and discuss these topics under the egis of sustainable land use and land management.

The event brought together public officers, policy makers, non- governmental organizations, players from the academic world and Visegrad countries’ representatives – active in the field of land use – to share and discuss experience and inspire new ways of thinking for a more sustainable land management in light of various EU initiatives. Find the invitation and the Agenda here.

We also like to kindly draw your attention to the ‘Mirror to the world’ exhibition, which can be visited at the Balassi institute in Brussels until 23rd April and largely reflects on our actual topic and further questions on sustainability, and where we are all invited to take part within the frame of the opening celebration.

To find out more about the project visit also the website of the project.

This event was supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the Balassi Institute.

Photo source: freedigitalphotos.net

13 February 2012

Planet Under Pressure – Financial Instruments for Local Biodiversity Action

The Planet Under Pressure Conference will take place in March 26-29 in London. The research community has a responsibility to provide the knowledge needed to move society towards effective stewardship of the planet. Scientists have a duty to communicate the urgency of this challenge to society. But science alone is not enough. The 2012 Planet Under Pressure conference is intended to be a major opportunity to link global-change science in a two-way engagement with the wide range of other stakeholders working towards global sustainability.

One of the sessions will focus on  Financial Instruments for Local Biodiversity Action, namely on how we can mobilize new financial resources for implementing biodiversity targets. We present the status quo and debate options for ecological fiscal transfers across the globe. We involve and address researchers, NGOs, policy makers and administrators that are in search of innovative fiscal instruments to provide regional governments and local communities with the needed financial resources to address conservation challenges.

The session will be chaired by András Krolopp, CEEweb for Biofdiversity’s colleague.

Further information: www.planetunderpressure2012.net

1 February 2012

Mirror to the world goes to Brussels

Hungarian environmental culture will be introduced in Brussels!

Sustainable Development and human nature are the themes of the “Mirror to the World” exhibition, that thanks to the invitation of the Balassi Institute in Brussels is going to travel abroad now for the first time. The cultural section of the Belgian Embassy in Hungary has repeatedly organised environmental exhibitions and programmes. The worthy continuation of this is a one month interactive exhibition, that will be held on the occasion of Earth Day. The exhibition – which was created by ZOFI Hungarian Green Roots and Cellux Group – has been touring all of Hungary for over three years and will now for the first time emerge on the international stage.

Exhibition dates: March 27 – April 23, 2012
Overpopulation, climate change, food miles, water footprint… more than ten thousand Hungarians have come to know these terms by way of the exhibition. People have even rallied in their communities, in order to do something together for a more liveable future. Others changed their shopping habits. Still others have started to live in a more independent way, producing their own food and using smart methods of decreasing their ecological footprint (such as rain water collection and composting).

The “MIRROR TO THE WORLD” exhibition is an interactive adventure tour along the path of sustainability. This will now be presented in Brussels, showing the types of educational devices that can be found in Hungary and how drama pedagogy can be used in environmental education and in shaping beliefs and outlooks. Beyond this the organisers are planning to provide a taste of Hungarian culture, through presentations, wine tastings and distinctive Hungarian flavours.

How many kilometres does our breakfast travel? How big is our ecological footprint? What will we do for the sake of our future?
Hosting this exhibition is the Balassi Institute in Brussels.
The main supporter of the exhibition is:
The exhibition can be viewed free of charge.
This little exhibition purports to show how meeting the current needs of humanity is possible while at the same time preserving environmental and natural resources. The rooms were developed thematically according to four subject areas and show how we search for happiness in many ways, yet all of these have an effect on nature and on the lives of our fellow humans too! During the course of exploring the exhibition from beginning to end, visitors will encounter plenty ideas and practical advice – certainly enough for everyone to find something to their liking. What might stick in your mind afterwards? Will you compost your kitchen and garden remains? Or will you shop with greater awareness? Perhaps you will switch to a more environmentally-friendly mode of transport? Maybe lower your meat consumption!?

The “Mirror to the world” exhibition’s festive opening time and place:
March 27, 2012 – Balassi Institute auditorium
1000 Brussels, Treurenberg 10.

The “Mirror to the World” exhibition’s opening date will be accompanied by several interesting programmes. An Eco-design workshop will be brought to a youthful audience by Cellux Group, while in the afternoon an open discussion with the title “Searching for the Future” will be held, where Hungarian and Belgian presenters will discuss the responsibilities facing humanity, as seen through the lenses of sustainability and systemic approach. The programmes may be attended free of charge, but registration is required:
Kriszta Kovács, info@nullbmki.be, tel: +32 2209 0750

In order to successfully develop the programme as described above, a prime example of joined forces occurred. For this we would like to thank all those involved! Here we can  show that for a good cause, Hungarian society is highly capable of collaboration:

    Balassi Institute
    National Council for Sustainable Development
    CEEWeb for Biodiversity
    Greenpeace
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs permanent representative
    Hungarian Development Bank
    City of Budapest Brussels representative
    Magyar Turizmus Zrt.

The organisers hope that the “Mirror to the World” exhibition and conference will bring to the attention of both specialists and the general public the fact of Hungary’s desire to do something for our future, for sustainable development and for our environment!

Further information:
www.tukorbenavilag.hu  in English: http://www.tukorbenavilag.hu/introduction

27 January 2012

CEEweb at the boreal biogeographical seminar

In Helsinki, 25-26 January 2012, CEEweb has participated in the Boreal Preparatory Workshop on the management of Natura 2000.

Further information can be found here.

27 January 2012

Green-Go Short Film Contest and Festival

CEEweb co-organized with two other NGOs (Greenpeace Hungary and Diverziti Association) the first Green-Go International Short Film Festival, which screened the short movies on three environmental topics. The more than 50 interesting pieces came from more about ten countries from all over the world and creatively showed the today world’s largest challenges.

For further information on the contest and the festival, please visit Green-Go’s homepage on: