This ENRD workshop explored how to make an effective use of support possibilities for Natura 2000 under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). It was jointly organised by the ENRD Contact Point and the European Commission’s Directorate-Generals for agriculture (DG AGRI) and environment (DG ENV), following up on the European Commission’s Action Plan for nature, people and the economy.
The event enabled lively debate and cooperation among national and regional authorities in charge of agriculture and the environment, and environmental organisations, with the aim of increasing synergies between Natura 2000 and the Rural Development Programmes (RDPs). It concluded that existing rural development tools can be effectively used for nature conservation purposes. Further adjustments to the RDPs are possible to better address the needs of Natura 2000 sites, especially in relation to forestry.
Good practice examples presented at the event highlighted the potential of Results-based Agri-environment Schemes to deliver nature conservation objectives while acknowledging that farmers’ engagement is key to their success. Other examples demonstrated that effective nature-related projects piloted under the LIFE Programme could be scaled up with EAFRD support.
The event gathered over 70 participants from 22 EU Member States, including representatives of national and regional RDP Managing Authorities, environmental organisations, the European Commission and the ENRD Contact Point.
- The Birds and Habitats Directive and the Nature Action Plan, Jérémie Crespin, DG ENV
- Rural development toolbox for Natura 2000, Krzysztof Sulima, DG AGRI
- RDP-Support and Natura 2000: the Bavarian approach, Wolfram Güthler, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
- Natura 2000 under RDP 2014-2020 in Poland, Anna Jobda, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
- Hamster’s protection in Alsace: Use of Agri-environmental measures in a collective approach, Anne Gautier, Departmental Direction of Territory, Bas-Rhin (DDT 67)
- Farming for biodiversity: Available know-how on results-based agri-environment payment schemes (RBAPS), Vujadin Kovacevic, DG ENV
- Result-based Nature Conservation Plan (RNP) in Austria, Isabella Grandl, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
- LIFE GESTIRE 2020 Nature Integrated Management to 2020, Mattia Bertocchi, ERSAF Lombardy, Italy
- Agri-environmental scheme for the Red-breasted Goose in Bulgaria, Nikolai Petkov,Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
- Financing coexistence – opportunities through the Rural Development Fund, Katrina Marsden, EU LC Platform Secretariat
- Wolf and RDP in Emilia-Romagna Region,Italy, Zanni Maria Luisa & Duccio Berzi, Emilia Romagna Region
- Organic farming and wildlife conservation. Experience of Riet Vell, Juan Carlos Cirera, CEO Riet vell
- Natura 2000 effective use of support possibilities under Rural Development policy, Dr. Brendan Dunford, Burren Programme & Burrenbeo Trust