Download the Eurosite Annual Meeting 2016 Draft Programme (version 27 September 2016).
WELCOME – Monday 7 November
Arrival of participants
LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER – Tuesday 8 November
Seminar “Ecosystems at your service: how to incorporate ecosystem services into practical site management”
Chaired by Dr Artemis Yiordamli, Executive Director of Terra Cypria, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation
08.30 – 09.00 Registration of late arrivals
09.00 – 09.30 Welcome and opening by the Eurosite President, the General Secretary of the Regional Government of Macedonia & Thrace, and the Hunting Federation of Macedonia & Thrace
09.30 – 10.30 Keynote speeches about the ‘Operationalisation of Ecosystem Services in Europe’ (OpenESS, Oppla) and the ‘European Natura Outlook 2050 – Ecosystem Services based scenario’, followed by an interactive discussion
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee and tea break / Knowledge Market
11.00 – 12.00 Sharing of practical examples: presentations from the Axios Loudias Aliakmonas Management Authority (Greece), The North Pennines AONB Partnership (UK), the Hunting Federation of Macedonia and Thrace (Greece) and Natuurpunt (Belgium).
12.00 – 13.15 Parallel thematic workshops (to be run twice, 75 minutes, participants can attend two workshops)
Workshop 1: Towards a market system for nature credits?
This workshop will address the possibilities of establishing a market system for (protected) nature area’s in Europe, considering the existing context, the motivations and possible objectives and organisational structure involved. Deriving from existing examples as the Woodland Carbon Code and the Peatland Code in the UK and the MoorFutures in Germany, the criteria involved in such a system are presented and the challenges of balancing between complexity and simplicity will be discussed, as well as the questions for (further) investigation. The organizers hope to determine if there is enough support for putting forward an EU-project on this topic.
Workshop 2: Ecosystem services – how to trace and involve the relevant stakeholders
Nature areas deliver many goods and services. These ecosystem services are important for the life and economic activities in our societies. This holds for many people, organisations and enterprises inside and outside the areas involved. This workshop will explore the questions of how to trace relevant stakeholders, and how to increase their involvement in and commitment towards ecosystem services.
Workshop 3: Tools and assessments of ecosystem services
In this interactive workshop, experiences on the use of models and tools for the assessment of ecosystem services will be shared. An important aim of this workshop is to discuss and review the considerations you need to make before choosing a model or tool for your analysis. After a short introduction in which one of the Eurosite Members will share their experiences in this field, you will be guided through the maze of models and tools and assessments currently available for ecosystem services. At the end of the workshop, several available models and assessments that might suit the purposes of site managers will be presented.
13.15 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.15 Parallel thematic workshops – repeated session
15.15 – 15.45 Coffee and tea break / Knowledge market
15.45 – 17.00 Plenary of the key outcomes and seminar conclusions
17.30 – 19.00 Side event: Eurosite Wetlands and Climate Change Working Group meeting (all welcome)
20.00 Official dinner
NETWORKING FOR EUROPE’S NATURE – Wednesday 9 November
09.00 – 17.00 Full day tour to Kerkini Lake, hosted by the Management Body of Kerkini Lake National Park (including lunch)
18.00 – 19.30 Joint Eurosite Board and Council Meeting (members only)
21.00 Traditional EuroCocktail – participants are invited to bring a small sample of local produce – something to eat or drink that typifies your part of Europe – to share with the other participants.
CATCHING UP AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE – Thursday 10 November
08.30 – 11.00 Eurosite Annual General Meeting (members only)
08.30 – 09.00 Formal matters
09.00 – 10.00 How have organisations been involved in Eurosite activities?
10.00 – 11.00 How can your organisation become involved in future projects?
11.15 Transfer to Thessaloniki Airport