EU Level

Nature conservation in EU Member States is largely determined by EU biodiversity policies, notably the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the Birds and Habitats Directives, the latter ones providing for the establishment of the Natura 2000 network.  CEEweb follows up the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, paying special attention to issues, such as green infrastructure and the ‘no net loss’ initiative. Besides the Natura 2000 Working Group of CEEweb aims for a smooth establishment and management of the system that benefits both rural inhabitants and nature.

As the designation of Natura 2000 sites is close to finalisation across EU-27, now the main focus has been shifted to the management of the network. The European Commission has initiated a new biogeographic process, which is a series of biogeographic level seminars on management of Natura 2000.

Agricultural activities largely impact natural landscape in Europe, and thus require due attention of nature conservation NGOs. The Rural Development Working Group of CEEweb advocates for the agri-environmental schemes and agricultural policies that respect the principles of sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity.

In order to tackle the root causes of environmental problems, such as biodiversity loss, climate change or pollution, humanity must change its current pattern of unsustainable resource use. In line with the EU Resource Efficiency Flagship Initiative, the newly established Resource Cap Coalition advocates for the limitation of natural resource us.

CEEweb is advocating for effective and holistic biodiversity policies, organizing events, compiling position papers on ad-hoc issues and involving interested stakeholders into the process  also for influencing the work of the EU Presidencies.