The 2015 edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, takes place from 3 to 5 June at The Egg Conference Centre, in Brussels. The theme is nature and biodiversity.
M. Wyart made a presentation in the Session 6.2 Reconciling nature and economic activities on 4 June 2015 – The success of the Natura 2000 – the European network of protected areas - depends on its sound management. The aim of the Birds and Habitats Directives, that underpin the network, is not to exclude economic activities from Natura 2000 sites but rather to find ways for infrastructure and other developments to operate in a way that also safeguards and supports the valuable species and habitats present and maintains the overall health of natural ecosystems for the benefit of society as a whole.
The aim of the session was to explore experiences of successful integration of nature conservation objectives with economic activities, challenges faced, results achieved and lessons learnt. Aspects to be addressed include: strategic planning, environmental assessments and their possible streamlining, consultations, partnerships and communication, monitoring and accounting.
Antonella Battaglini, Executive Director, Renewables-Grid Initiative
Dr Michelle Wyart-Remy, Secretary General, IMA-Europe AISBL
Trevor Sandwith, Director of Global Protected Areas Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Moderator: Ir. Irene Bouwma, Alterra