Special edition Eurosite eNewsletter

Setting the scene

Natural Climate Buffers in the Netherlands - Dutch Natural Climate Buffers Study Tour 2018
Natural Climate Buffers in the Netherlands: Study Tour 2018
From 18-20 April, 38 participants from 11 different European countries participated in the Natural Climate Buffer Study Tour through the north of the Netherlands, during which they learned about five Dutch pioneering natural climate buffer projects and nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation in the Netherlands.

Photo: Geurt Besselink
Announcing the 2019 Natural Climate Buffers Study Tour
After last year's success, we are more than excited to announce that the 2019 Natural Climate Buffers Study Tour will take place in Scotland in October and will be co-organised by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). We look forward to putting together an exciting tour for you along many interesting sites to make this year's study tour as successful as the previous one!

Photo: Scottish highlands © Eurosite
World Wetlands Day 2019
It is absolutely necessary to include a smart use of wetlands in strategies addressing climate change. According to RAMSAR, 35% of wetlands have already been lost since 1970: "Individuals, communities and governments must work together to protect these ecosystems, which help prepare for, cope with and bounce back from the impacts of climate change." Therefore, as each year World Wetlands Day will be celebrated on 2 February, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands. 
Wetlands disappear three times faster than forests, study finds
The first-ever Global Wetland Outlook published by the Ramsar Convention in 2018 found that the steep rate of loss of wetlands globally, and the critical ecosystem services they provide, is three times faster than our forests. The loss is driven by trends such as climate change, urbanisation of coastal zones and river deltas, population increase, etc. The remaining wetlands are under threat due to water drainage, pollution, unsustainable use, disrupted flows from dams and other impacting causes. 

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Implementation of Nature Based Solutions to tackle climate change
There is growing recognition and awareness that nature can help provide viable solutions that use and deploy the properties of natural ecosystems and the services that they provide in a smart, ‘engineered’ way. Eurosite member Tour du Valat, in collaboration with others, organises a workshop on the benefits and challenges related to Nature Based Solutions implementation, bringing together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers of the Mediterranean region and European Union in Marseille, France from 22-24 January 2019.

Photo: © Tour du Valat - Institute de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the most comprehensive instrument of EU water policy, and its main objective is to protect and enhance EU water resources to achieve good status. Currently, the WFD is being reviewed. Through this review, some EU Member States are trying to weaken the WFD’s high standards. Without those standards, Member States would not have the obligation to preserve and improve their water sources. This would be a dangerous development, not in the least in relation to Europe's already vulnerable wetlands. A public consultation has been launched by the European Commission. Because it is of extreme importance to prevent the weakening of the WFD, as many responses as possible should be delivered to the consultation. 

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I want to protect water
Factsheet: Etangs et marais des salins de Camargue
The protected area Étangs et Marais des salins de Camargue located in the south of France is a coastal wetland. Wetland restoration has focused on hydraulic works aimed at improving the balance between salt and fresh water and restoring hydrological and biological connections between the former saltworks and surrounding subwatersheds, including the coastal lagoons of the nearby Réserve naturelle de Camargue. 

Photo: Étangs et marais des salins de Camargue © Marc Thibault
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