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CEEweb Academy on Green Infrastructure

6 October 2014 - 7 October 2014

academy logoCEEweb for Biodiversity  organized the event CEEweb Academy on Green Infrastructure – Preserving our Natural Capital: Policy and Practice on 6-7 October 2014 in Ráckeve, Hungary.

The Academy aimed to bring together public officers, policy makers, non-governmental organizations and personalities from the academic world to share and discuss experience and inspire new ways of thinking for a more efficient preservation of our natural capital in Central and Eastern Europe in light of the most recent EU initiatives.

The conference consisted of two blocks of presentations on key topics (GI spatial integration and GI sectorial integration) followed by both group and panel discussion.

illustration2Green Infrastructure is a holistic tool to tackle biodiversity loss while contributing to smart and sustainable socio-economic growth. It provides us with solutions for a better quality environment, a healthier society and a more   prosperous economy.

Green Infrastructure is especially important to the European Union due to its potential to help us preserve and   enhance ecosystem services and adapt to climate change in a multi-stakeholder setting.

Under Target 2 of the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, the EU committed itself to deploy green infrastructure and restore a minimum of 15% of Europe’s degraded ecosystems. With this year’s CEEweb Academy we would like to draw attention to GI policy, its implementation and the possibilities for cross-sectorial cooperation.


Background Document

Participant List

Conference report

NGO involvement in CEEweb’s 20 years


Green Infrastructure – Enhancing Europe’s natural capital by Marco Fritz, European Commission, DG Environment

Implementing Green Infrastructure at the national level – the Hungarian perspective by Ors Marczin, Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture

Implementation of Estonian Green Network Plan in Estonia:assessing delivery of ecosystem services by Mart Kylvik, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

The Green and Blue Infrastructure – French policy and Aten’s Resource Centre Naik Faucan and Aurelien Daloz, Atelier Technique des Espaces Naturels

Green Infrastructure in the Czech Republic by Julia Tobikova, Department of General Landscape and Nature Protection of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

The Landscape Approach to Green Infrastructure: the example of Vestec town by Klara Salzmann, Czech Chamber of Landscape Architecture

Green Infrastructure: the urban dimension by Chantal van Ham, IUCN

Sharing our houses with swifts and bats by Lubomira Vavrova, BROZ Slovakia

Green Infrastructure in Urban Spatial Planning in Miskolc by Zsolt Somorjai, Green City Hungary

The QUESSA project: Quantification of Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Agriculture by Mark Szalai, Szent Istvan University, Hungary

Integrating Green Infrastructure into the Common Agricultural Policy by Nat Page, Fundatia ADEPT Transilvania

The Network of Municipal Conservation Areas by Sylvia Mittermayer and Thomas Ellmauer, Environment Agency, Austria

Regional and Rural Development by Green Infrastructure in England by Jacqui Stearn, Natural England

Green Infrastructure and its Potential for Business by Rupert Haines, ICF International

Valuing and Accounting for Natural Capital in the EU: its Engagement with Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy by Alberto Arroyo Schnell, WWF European Policy Office

Building Bue Infrastructure with the Water Sector: Natural Water Retention Measures by Chris Baker, Wetlands International

Green Roof as a profitable investment by Sandor Horvath, Association of Green Roof and Green Wall Builders

Green Infrastructure in Road Construction by Andras Sziranyi, National Infrastructure Development Hungary

Green Infrastructure and Natura 2000 by Stefan Leiner, European Commission, DG Environment

Further reading

CEEweb’s Green Infrastructure Knowlegde Hub

Enriching our Society through Natural Solutions – Green infrastructure brochure by CEEweb for Biodiversity

Nature works for regions – brochure by ECNC

European Green Infrastructure Practitioners’ Network

Practical information

How to reach the Kék Duna Wellness Hotel and Hotel Infomation

Travel reimbursement form

Register here: (The registration is open until the 15th September, 2014, 18:00 CET/UTF+2)

This event is generously supported by the European Commission.



6 October 2014
7 October 2014


Kék Duna Wellness Hotel
Dömsödi út 1-3., Ráckeve, 2300 Hungary
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CEEweb for Biodiversity
+36 1 398 0135