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26 November 2018

Reconciling flood protection and Natura 2000

Natura 2000 and flood protection: are the two aspects in conflict? Is there a shared approach that would represent the interests and needs of all the stakeholders? In the region of considerable tourist potential that covers Nature 2000 areas, has plans for ensuring safety of the inhabitants and prospective large investments responsible water management is aramount. At the roundtable organised on 21 November in Szczecin, Poland, the various stakeholders aimed to work out recommendations for the Międzyodrze region lying between the Odra rivers (East and West Odra) taking into account the provisions and objectives of the Water Framework Directive. The roundtable discussion took place in a constructive and friendly atmosphere swirling between the topics flood protection, nature conservation and tourism. Common moderation by both sides set the tone of discussion, ensuring an atmosphere of joint commitment to achieve the goal. See the agenda (in English and Polish) and an article on the event.     

26 November 2018

Time to vote!

Voting time!

Deadline to cast your votes for the “People’s choice” and “Public vote” categories: 3 December 2018.

Help us pick the winners of the “Go Wild! Stay cultured” Photo Contest!


15 November 2018

Financing Green Infrastructure after 2020

The concept of Green Infrastructure (GI) is importantly also about prevention: conserving ecologically active areas to provide ecosystem services for the people. Our ability to conserve them very much depends on the various investments in rural and urban areas, and sustainability and biodiversity proofing can  provide useful tools to prevent harmful investments with the use of EU (or other type of) funds and to encourage investments in GI projects.  Klára Hajdu from CEEweb provided this insight at the conference organised by the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary within the framework of an EU funded project on GI, Natura 2000, landscape and ecosystem services. In her presentation (see in Hungarian) she pointed out to the various available sustainability and biodiversity proofing tools,  calling for the ministry and other stakeholders to integrate the GI  into the programming of the EU funds, and the Hungarian strategic plan under the Common Agricultural Policy for 2021-27. Integrating GI in the objective setting of the Operational Programmes, requiring bidders to consider GI and nature based solutions in providing public services, including GI into the project selection criteria, integrating GI indicators into the programme and project monitoring, involving also biodiversity experts in the evaluation committees are just a few tools to avoid investments that are harmful to GI in the future cohesion spending.   Photo: Archive of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hungary    

10 November 2018

Water, water, everywhere!

The Natura 2000 Plitvice Lakes National Park is the place to hydrate eyes and soul, and to take outstanding pictures for our photo contest.


8 November 2018

The EU Council should better integrate sustainability in the future EU budget

We call on the General Affairs Council to better integrate sustainability safeguards in the future EU budget. (more…)

7 November 2018

When art meets wilderness

Looking for inspiration for our “Go Wild! Stay Cultured” photo contest? Check out what the European Wilderness Society recently accomplished.


6 November 2018

European election 2019

The next European election will take place between 23-26 May 2019. The results will decide the composition of the European Parliament for the term of 2019-2024 and will also determine, who will become the next President of the European Commission. Their political priorities and approaches will also influence how successfully environmental and biodiversity issues, as well as sustainable development can be represented on European level in the coming years.  European NGOs have thus drafted a common manifesto for the EP election, which was signed by 173 organisations, including CEEweb.  The 12 demands reflecting on all dimensions of sustainable development have been presented and debated with various political groups in the EP. National organisations are also encouraged to disseminate the manifesto widely so that the various national candidates and voters can reflect on these topics in the upcoming campaign.   

6 November 2018

Soul-Stirringly Beautiful

The italian term sassi literally means ‘stones’ (Photo credit: Loris Silvio Zecchinato)

Become acquainted with and photograph the sassi within the Gravine di Matera Natura 2000 site.



29 October 2018

Greening knowledge

CEEweb Academy 2018.

CEEweb Academy 2018 took place on 25-27 September.

CEEweb for Biodiversity held its Academy 2018 dealing with land conservation, Natura 2000 and many other critical topics. (more…)

19 October 2018

Gold Rush!

The mountains of Las Médulas are a witness of Roman mining activities paired with exceptional natural conditions. 

Get a camera ready for our photo contest and dig in Europe’s largest and oldest open-air mine: the Natura 2000 site of Las Médulas, in Spain.