November Newletter - LandLife Congress, nature conservation campaigns, IPCC climate change report, events
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November Newsletter

The days are getting shorter and the tempuratures are dropping here in the Netherlands. As this newsletter comes winging its way to you, the sky outside is already growing dark. Winter is a time of hibernation for nature and here at Eurosite HQ we find ourselves dreaming of warm slippers and hot chocolate. But don't fear, the Eurosite Secretariat is still working as hard as ever! In Early November we attended the First European Land Stewardship Congress and Eurosite's President, Henkjan Kievit, was present to sign the Barcelona Declaration. On the first day of the Congress, the Eurosite Board also met to discuss the 'Eurosite Strategy 2015-2020' and some very fruitful discussions we're had.

Read on to find out more about the Congress, as well as updates from the network and the wider nature conservation community!

LandLife Congress a huge success!

For the last three years, Eurosite has been a partner in the LandLife project, along with Eurosite member Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori (XCT). This month the project culminated in the First European Land Stewardship Congress, Land: Quality of Life, which took place in Barcelona from 5-8 November. Eurosite's Network Project Manager, Jaume Tormo, and Secretary, David Parker, attended the Congress, as well as helping to deliver two workshops. You can read their report from the four-day event over on the Eurosite website.

You can also see some of Jaume's photos from the Congress on our Facebook Page.

Sign the Barcelona Declaration and raise your voice for nature!

The Barcelona Declaration signatories

"It is necessary and urgent to find a balance and compatibility between economic development and the environment which guarantees ecosystem services and contributes to reduce biodiversity loss and protect the natural and cultural heritage of our land."

The Barcelona Declaration was officially presented at the LandLife Congress on 7 November and was signed by representatives from a range of organisations, including Eurosite's President, Henkjan Kievit. The Barcelona Declaration outlines the necessity for organisations and individuals across Europe to work together and to utilise land stewardship for the benefit of nature. The Barcelona Declaration will also act as a roadmap for the establishment of a European Land Stewardship Network, which will carry on the work of the LandLife project, and will actively promote land stewardship at regional, national and European level.

The Barcelona Declaration is now available to download in English, Catalan, Spanish, French, and Italy from the LandLife website. On the website you can also find information about how to sign the Declaration.

Eurosite Individual Membership - special offer

Eurosite is now accepting applications for individual membership. Individual membership costs just €50 per year and provides access to a range of services:
  • An established platform for members to promote their activities
  • Attendance at the Eurosite Annual General Meeting and input into the direction of the network
  • 20% discount on workshop and training fees
  • Help and advice from the Eurosite Secretariat and members
  • Representation at European level meetings
  • Representation in important nature and biodiversity related projects, such as the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process
All of these services aim to benefit our members and the nature sites they work for. To become an individual member, simply complete the short online form. If you join in 2014, your membership will run until the end of 2015 and you will get the remaining weeks of 2015 for free!

Natuurmonument campaigns to protect six key species in the Netherlands

Natuurmonument has launched a campaign to raise money for the purchase of land that will connect up important habitats in the Netherlands. The campaign focuses on six key species, with otters as the figure head species for the campaign. Otters became extinct in the Netherlands in the 1980s due to pollution, habitat fragmentation and road traffic deaths. In 2002 new otters were released into the Weerribben-Wieden National Park and they have slowly started to establish themselves once again. However, the same problems that once killed-off the otters are still present and many otters are killed every year as they cross roads in search of potential mates and new habitats. Around 80% of young male otters in the Netherlands are killed by road traffic.

Natuurmonumenten aims to turn this around by connecting up important habitats. You can find out more about this campaign on the Natuurmonumenten website. Or click below to watch a short video about otters in the Netherlands (website and video in Dutch).

The Wildlife Trust and RSPB join forces to campaign for a Nature and Wellbeing Act

The Wildlife Trust and the RSPB are calling for Members of Parliament in the UK to include a Nature and Wellbeing Act in the party manifestos, ahead of the 2015 UK elections. A Nature and Wellbeing Act would put nature at the heart of government decision-making, especially where it concern human health. The Wildlife Trust is calling on people to 'Act for Nature' and sign their petition. You can find out more about the campaign and how to get involved, and download the Nature and Wellbeing Act Green Paper, from the Wildlife Trust website.

Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process November Newsletter

The November issue of the bi-monthly Nature 2000 Biogeographical Process Newsletter is now out. The newsletter is packed full of useful information, updates, resources and events related to the Biogeographical Process and Natura 2000 protected areas in general. If you would like to publicise your Natura 2000 activities via the newsletter, please email Read the November issue online and sign up for future issues!

2015 Natura 2000 Award

Following on from the success of the 2014 Natura 2000 Award, a 2015 edition has now been announced! The Natura 2000 Award aims to promote best practice nature conservation in Europe by rewarding excellence in the management and promotion of the Natura 2000 network. The Award also help to promote the network and its successes to a public audience.

More information will be released soon about the award categories and how to apply. As ever, we'll keep you updated! You can also read about the 2014 Natura 2000 Award on the Award website.

IPCC Climate Change Report - "Human influence on the climate system is clear"

Image by UNISDR, Flickr

On Sunday 2 November, the IPCC published its Synthesis Report, which distills the Fifth Assessment Report and is intended as a guidance document for policymakers. Summarising the report, R.K. Pachauri, Chair of the IPCC, said, “We have the means to limit climate change. The solutions are many and allow for continued economic and human development. All we need is the will to change, which we trust will be motivated by knowledge and an understanding of the science of climate change.”

The IPCC Synthesis Report comes ahead of several key climate change talks, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Lima in December 2014 and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. Pachauri said, “I hope this report will serve the needs of the world’s governments and provide the scientific basis to negotiators as they work towards a new global climate agreement.”

You can read a summary of the report over on the Eurosite website, or download the full Synthesis Report from the IPPC website.


Regions and Biodiversity Conference registration deadline extended

The Third Annual Conference of the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity will take place in Barcelona, Spain on 10-11 December 2014. Key note speakers will include: Stefan Leiner, DG Environment; Kadri Tilleman, Member of the Committee of the Regions, Estonia; and Iva Obretonova, Council of Europe / Berne Convention Secretariat. The conference is free to attend. There are still a few places left so register quickly as the deadline for registration is Friday 21 November 2014 (extended deadline). To register, complete the online registration form. You can also find more information about the workshop on the Regions and Biodiversity website

Events calendar

To find more great nature conservation events happening across Europe, take a look at our events calendar. If you are organising an event and would like us to promote it, please contact Eurosite at:
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