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  • Natura People workshop – Increasing engagement of people and local economies with Natura 2000

    Background

    Through the Interreg IVa project ‘Natura People’ four Natura 2000 sites – Minsmere, UK (RSPB); Zwin Nature Reserve, BE (Province of West-Flanders); Waterdunen, NL (Province of Zeeland et al.); Grevelingen, NL (Natuur en Recreatieschap de Grevelingen)) – are working together to share knowledge about people engagement techniques. This workshop will enable us to share our project results and to compile an overview of best practices for and by Natura 2000 managers.

    The workshop will focus on ways to build understanding about the interplay and co-dependencies between nature and economics, nature and people and the importance of developing meaningful ways to communicate why these relationships are important.

    These priority themes will be discussed from environmental, economic and societal perspectives: together, participants will be able to share information, compare experiences and gain knowledge about why nature matters and how to improve site visitor experiences, reach out to the wider community and raise awareness of the importance and trans-nationality of the Natura 2000 sites within the partnership and the Natura 2000 network.

    Target audience

    This workshop will be of high interest to all who care about nature and the importance of communicating it effectively – in particular, organisations and individuals involved in the following fields will benefit from participating:

    • Public nature conservation agencies & NGOs operating at European, national, regional & local levels;
    • Local Government & local governance groups;
    • Conservation partnerships;
    • Site managers & other site-based staff, especially Visitor Centre Managers;
    • National & Regional Park Authorities, including staff working in local parks & on nature reserves;
    • Outreach, education & interpretation professionals;
    • Individuals working with volunteers & volunteer development programmes, and volunteers themselves;
    • Communication experts;
    • Private landowners and private enterprises;
    • Community groups involved with caring for nature.
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