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Activities

letöltésThe priorities for the activities of the Working Group are specified in the annual work programme of CEEweb adopted by the Annual Meeting.

2016 and ongoing activities

  • CEEweb is actively advocating for not opening the Nature Directives as a result of their Fitness Check
  • CEEweb continues to support the Natura 2000 management biogeographical process

2015 activities

  • CEEweb together with ECNC and other consortium partners provided support to the European Commission in the Natura 2000 biogeographical process on management. For project information please click here. We organised two Natura 2000 management networking events for the Continental, Pannonian, Steppic and Black Sea Regions.
  • CEEweb coordinated an ecological restoration project.

2014 activities

  • CEEweb and ECNC organised a Natura 2000 Management Workshop to follow up on the Alpine committments and get ready for the Continental/Pannonian/Steppic and Black Sea kick-off seminar
  • CEEweb organised a Biodiversity Day
  • For our Green Infrastructure activities please click here.

2013 activities

2012 activities

  • CEEweb celebrated the 20th anniversary of Habitats Directive and LIFE programme with a photo competition and short film contest to raise public awareness on Natura 2000 
  • Compile a report based on Natura 2000 and other biodiversity financing
  • Channel positions and recommendations into the new LIFE and EU Budget processes and follow and participate in PAF and Partnership Agreement related discussions
  • Carry out further work in terms of the Natura 2000 management pilot process (including organizing a workshop and an extended report on experience)
  • Further evolve the relationship between land use, Green Infrastructure and Natura 2000
  • Continue participating and providing input to the biogeographical seminars
  • With support of the EHF, coordinate NGO input to the designation of Emerald sites in West Balkans by providing expert advise to NGOs and coordinating NGO strategy building and collection of additional data
  • Organize Natura 2000 Working Group meeting

2011 activities

  • Continuously channel NGO input to EU processes including the Biodiversity Strategy and the new EU Budget
  • Provide recommendations and press releases on the forming Green Infrastructure and IAS Strategy
  • Write fact sheets on the new EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • Collect Natura 2000 financing cases from CEE countries
  • Publish leaflets and positions on the importance of the upcoming IAS Strategy and Green Infrastructure/land use
  • Organize a pilot process on Natura 2000 management
  • Compile Guidance on Natura 2000 management planning in electronic form
  • Compile a desktop analysis on national connectivity measures in CEE and the connectivity status of Natura 2000 and based on it, recommendations for national governments
  • Organize an NGO preparation meeting in cooperation with the EHF and NGO input channelled into the boreal seminar
  • Organize a Natura 2000 WG meeting with the European Commission

2010 activities

  • We organised a CEE NGO meeting to discuss specific issues related to the achievement of the post 2010 Vision and Target together with the Natura 2000 Working Group Meeting in Bled, Slovenia 30 June-2 July and used the results for our position on the 2020 Biodiversity Strategy.
  • We prepared recommendations using the results of the CEE NGO discussions for the new EU Biodiversity Strategy and disseminated among EU decision makers.
  • We joined the European Wilderness Working Group and took part in their meeting working on wilderness definition and criteria. Based on the results of this meeting, we organized a meeting for CEE NGOs for identifying their role in the process and collecting further recommendations, with special regard to the socio-economic opportunities and biogeographic characteristics of CEE countries.
  • We compiled a database of 15 best practice examples and 30 infringement cases from various CEE countries on the implementation of Art. 6. of the Habitats Directive.
  • We translated and collected three national reference documents (compensation, EC rules and FSC in Bulgaria) to aid the national implementation of Natura 2000
  • We elaborated with the EU and national experts the methodology of the biogeographic-style seminar on N2000 management and was discussed by stakeholders.
  • We compiled six national Fact Sheets on Natura 2000 and the Emerald Network were filled out

Previous activities

Representing CEE views on biodiversity

CEEweb works to protect biodiversity in CEE countries and to promote sustainable development in the region. We represent our interest towards EU institutions in regular meetings with European decision makers. In 2008 we organised two lobby meetings between the European Commission and CEEweb:

  • On 17 January CEEweb NGO representatives met DG Environment Infringement Unit to discuss ongoing and planned Natura 2000 infringement issues.
  • On 16 September CEEweb NGOs from 10 countries met the Nature Director of DG Environment. We discussed possibilities of better Natura 2000 implementation in various aspects and enhanced cooperation with the Commission. See the topics discussed>>

CEE NGO positions were also represented within the European Habitats Forum (EHF) and theEuropean Environmental Bureau Biodiversity and Agriculture Working Groups, as well as the Slovenian and French Nature Directors Meetings. CEEweb also participated on behalf of EHF in the second Biodiversity and Nature Coordination Group meeting in June.
CEEweb made a presentation on Natura 2000 designation and implementation in the World Conservation Congress, Barcelona, October 2008.

Natura 2000 site designation

CEEweb is co-ordinating technical input into the Biogeographic Seminars from relevant NGOs within the new EU Member States on behalf of the European Habitats Forum (EHF), in liaison with the EHF Secretariat. Read more>>

CEEweb organized NGO preparatory meetings and coordinated NGO participation for the Biogeographic Seminars in the CEE region, notably the Pannonian (2005), the Boreal (2005) and the Continental seminar (2006) as well as the Biogeographic Seminar for Romania and Bulgaria (2008). CEEweb successfully lobbied the European Commission to allow more NGO representatives to participate in the Seminar, as well.

To learn more about NGOs’ role in Natura 2000 designation and related CEEweb activities, check out:

Natura 2000 Site Designation Process with special focus on the Biogeographic seminars

Natura 2000 from an NGO point of view – Lessons learnt in EU 10

Presentation: An overview on Biogeographic Seminars in the countries of EU 10, the Pannonian region and Hungary

Natura 2000 implementation

CEEweb continously monitors and collects information on the implementation of Natura 2000 in the new Member States. The information collected is used to lobby national and European decision makers and can be used by CEEweb member organisations for communication, awareness raising and other reasons. We collect general national information through Natura 2000 Implementation Fact Sheets. We have also created a database with best practice examples of Natura 2000 implementation from CEE countries. Check out the database>>

Military Trainig Areas Programme

The value of military lands for nature conservation is generally well understood by conservationists. Because of a number of factors (size, absence of settlement and economic development, restrictions on access etc) training areas used by the armed forces have tended to keep landscape and wildlife features which have become rare in the more intensely used parts of their countries. The Programme started in 2006 to preserve outstanding natural values in military managed areas in the CEE/SEE countries Read more>>

Accession countries

CEEweb aims to transfer experiences between EU MSs and (potential) candidate countries. We share our knowledge in the fields of sustainability and EU biodiversity, rural development and tourism policies. NGOs from candidate and potential candidate countries actively participate in the work of the CEEweb Natura 2000 Working Group. Moreover, CEEweb has organised special events in the SEE region. Read more about the Seminar to SEE NGOs on 12 October 2007 Belgarde, Serbia. as well as the Seminar for Accession countries in the Western Balkans, 1-4 September 2008, Split, Croatia.

Capacity building

We organised a training on the European Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) on 17 September 2008 in Brussels for CEE NGOs with input from the EC, independent and NGO experts which served the better understanding of the provisions of the LD, as well as the differences between the provisions of the LD and Birds and Habitats Directive. Download the presentations>>

Awareness raising and communication on Natura 2000 – The publication “Services of nature – How Natura 2000 contributes to the provision of ecosystem services for human wellbeing” was prepared and distibuted among local municipalities. The pdf is avaiable in 9 CEE languages+English under publications.

The integration of biodiversity and Natura 2000 was assessed in the national strategic reference frameworks of seven CEE countries. Read the report>>

The third seminar in the series of the CEEweb Academy focused on the management of protected areas and Natura 2000Read more>>

Capacity building for NGOs in Romania.Short version of the training report: Train the Trainers(PDF, 72 kb)
Hungarian Capacity Building Project (PDF)
The Natura 2000 network and the role of Hungarian civic organizations (doc)

The activities of the Natura 2000 Working Group are realised with the financial support of the European Commission, the Visegrad Fund and David Foundation/DBU.