On Wednesday December 12, 2018 the team of LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete project participated in the 2nd Networking Meeting with the social partners of the European Program "IMPRECO" (INTERREG ADRION) that was organized by the Region of Crete (Directorate of Environment & Spatial Planning - Department of the Environment).
The meeting took place at the premises of the Regional Council and among the participants besides the two project teams (IMPRECO and LIFE Natura2000 Value Crete) were also representatives of agencies and public authorities whose activities are related to the protection and valorization of the Ecosystem Services in Crete.
On the 10th to the 12th of May 2017, the EU LIFE Programme, together with LIFE Viva Grass project held an Ecosystem Services Platform meeting entitled “COSTING THE EARTH? - translating the ecosystem services concept into practical decision making”. The project LIFE Natura2000Value Crete participated in the meeting and the Project Coordinator, Dr. Michalis Probonas presented the completed and the forthcoming actions of the communication strategy.
Information on the meeting
Ecosystems provide countless and essential benefits for humanity, such as food, clean water and clean air. Assigning financial values to ecosystem services - and incorporating them into land management and decision-making process concerning conservation issues - can complement traditional approaches to the prevention of biodiversity loss.
The European Commission’s LIFE Programme unit and the Baltic Environmental Forum, with the support of the Neemo EEIG External Team, are organising a LIFE platform meeting on ecosystem services in Tallinn (Estonia) on 10-12 May 2017 that will showcase a variety of restoration techniques, innovative approaches to the improvement of our knowledge and understanding of ecosystem services, new initiatives in environmental management and governance challenges.
In the context of its networking activities, LIFE Natura2000Value Crete has already been in contact and networked with LIFE Natura Themis.
LIFE Natura Themis (LIFE14/GIE/GR/000026: “Promoting awareness of wildlife crime prosecution and liability for biodiversity damage in NATURA 2000 areas in Crete”) is a five years’ project, aiming to promote environmental crime prosecution within NATURA 2000 areas in Crete, Greece. The project is addressed to Judges, State Prosecutors, Lawyers, NGOs, administrative authorities with interrogative competencies and the lay public.
In the context of its networking activities, LIFE Natura2000Value Crete has already been in contact with two LIFE projects, LIFE ForestLife (LIFE14 GIE/GR/000304), “Building cooperation, developing skills and sharing knowledge for Natura 2000 forests in Greece” & LIFE Nature project “Conservation measures to assist the adaptation of Falco eleonorae to climate change” (LIFE13 NAT/GR/000909).
The project “3xEnvironment – Three campaigns integrating the SMEs sector and their surroundings in the efforts to protect the environment”, with which cooperates the "LIFE Natura2000Value Crete" project, was completed on 30 April 2016.