Insights from the 'Understanding OECMs to Achieve the 30 by 30 Target' networking event
At the first networking event hosted by the European Bureau for Conservation and Development (EBCD) on 29 September 2023, key stakeholders gathered in Brussels to deliberate upon 'Understanding Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs) to achieve the 30 by 30 target.'
This event aimed to accelerate progress within the EU Biodiversity Strategy and inform Member States in their pursuit of legally safeguarding a minimum of 30% of the EU's sea area by 2030, with 10% under strict protection. It was organised together with the host in the framework of the biogeographical process by the CEEweb for Biodiversity and NatureBureau.
Attended by approximately 40 participants, including representatives from the European Commission DG ENVI and DG MARE, as well as delegates from Member States, prominent international NGOs, and leading research centres, the event provided a platform for a multifaceted exchange of insights and experiences.
The discussion started with an introductory presentation about the Natura 2000 Biogeographical process by NatureBureau. This was followed by a comprehensive overview of the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the 30% protection target by DG ENV, and a presentation by Serge Garcia, an expert from the IUCN Fisheries Expert Group, whose insights added depth to the discussions.
The main focus of the event was three case studies showcasing potential OECMs in the United Kingdom, France, and the Mediterranean basin. These studies gave a practical perspective to the theoretical discussions, aiding in a shared understanding among participants.
Based on the discussions, the event report will include recommendations for Member States. These suggestions aim to provide practical guidance for the identification of potential OECMs, offering insights for their consideration and use. It is anticipated that this resource will serve as a tool to assist Member States in achieving the 30 by 30 target.