Biodiversity as a Priority Area of the EU Strategy ... - DANUBEPARKS

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Biodiversity as a Priority Area of the EU Strategy ... - DANUBEPARKS

DANUBEPARKS 3rd Steering Committee MeetingSchloss Orth, 2.-4. September 2011Biodiversity as a Priority Area of theEU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR)The potential role of DANUBEPARKS as flagship projectFlorian BallnusBavarian State Ministry of the Environmentand Public HealthGermanyPriority Area Coordinator


The story so far…and beyondVery short Background of the EUSDRThe Danube Region covers 8 EU countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic,Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) and 6 non-EU countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova).The Region faces several challenges:• environmental threats (water pollution, floods, climate change)• untapped shipping potential and lack of road and rail transport connections• insufficient energy connections• uneven socio-economic development• uncoordinated education, research and innovation systems• shortcomings in safety and securityBetter coordination and cooperation between the countries and regions is needed to address these challenges.The EUSDR sets targets and actions in 11 Priority Areas to reach this aim.Cooperation and coordination is the clue!


The story of EUSDR and PA6 so far…Past activities: getting things started• February 2011: designation of Priority Area Coordinators by DG Regio, Com. Hahn.• Clarification of roles and organization as basis for further activities (e.g. PAC, SG, LabGroup, NC, Interact,DGs, …), several meetings, seminars, conferences…• First contacts established to NGOs, stakeholders, networks as potential project holders (ICPDR; WWFDanube Carpathian, Danube Parks, BN Bayern). Some concrete projects are already in the(ir) pipeline.• Deepening contacts with PAC 4 & 5, close cooperation foreseen by everybody.• Drafts for project labelling procedure• Steering Group Kick off and end of scoping in June 2011, time to get into concrete action!


The Danube RegionThe Danube Region:14 Countries.100 Mio. Inhabitants.• Home for pelicans, wolves, lynxand bears, in some of their lastremaining territories in the EU.• Almost 7.000 species live on thebanks of the Danube.• Wetlands, meadows and forestsare featured in the landscape alongthe Danube. These vulnerableareas are rich in biodiversity.• Biodiversity is a precious naturalheritage and a source of wellbeingand prosperity.• Strong need to restore andreconnect habitats and developprotected areas, e.g. Natura 2000sites.Map reference: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/cooperation/danube/images/danube_topog.png


The four Pillars of the EU Strategy for the Danube RegionPillar 1: Connecting the Danube RegionPAC 1 MobilityPillar 2: Protecting the Environment in the Danube RegionPAC 4 Water QualityPAC 5 Environmental RisksPAC 6 Biodiversity• Close cooperation concerning projects, actors, events, PR• Cooperative approach concerning project labeling, findingappropriate funding programmes• Meetings of PACs according to needsPillar 3: Building Prosperity in the Danube RegionPAC 7 Knowledge SocietyPAC 2 EnergyPAC 8 CompetivenessPAC 3 Culture and TourismPAC 9 People and SkillsEach Priority Areais coordinated bytwo PAC.Overallcooperation toensure synergies,long-termcommitment andownership.Pillar 4: Strengthening the Danube RegionPAC 10 Institutional CapacityPAC 11 Security


Organisation Chart of PA6Pillar EnvironmentPAC 4 Water QualityPAC 5 Environmental RisksPAC 6 Biodiversity• Close cooperation concerning projects, actors, events, PR• Cooperative approach concerning project labeling, findingappropriate funding programmes• Meetings of PACs according to needsInteract Lab GroupFundingProgrammesDG ENVDG REGIOPAC BavariaICPDRPA6 Steering Group:Members from all participating countriesPA6 operativeimplementation.Carpathian Conv.PAC CroatiaProjectLevelActorActorActorActor


Overall Organisation ChartPolicy CoordinationCouncilEuropean CommissionReference: Working Paper „Governance structure – Danube strategy“ providedby the Hungarian EU Presidency at the Joint meeting of the National ContactPoints and Priority Area Coordinators of the EUSDR; Gödöllö, 8.-10 May 2011High Level GroupNational Contact PointsImplementationFundingProgramme FundingProgrammeFundingProgrammeFundingProgrammeInteract Lab GroupPAC2 PAC+ 14 members ofSteering Group+ ECWorking GroupsThematic SeminarsProject Project ProjectAnnual ForumAll relevant StakeholdersProjectProject


Tasks of the PACsPRIORITY AREA 6Preserving biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soilsTASKS OF THE PACs• Agree on deadlines for actions and projects• Set up of an informal operational working structure (Steering Group)• Facilitate agreement on (revised) targets (realistic and feasible)• Track on-going projects• Ensure policy discussions and policy development• Identify Project Leaders and assist them in order to facilitate the implementation of projects• Seek for available funding opportunities and make full use of already existing sources ofinformation• Ensure communication and visibility of results, promote public awareness• Identify new project ideas• Monitor and report to the Commission on the progress


Targets of PA6PRIORITY AREA 6Preserving biodiversity, landscapes and the quality of air and soilsTargets proposed by the Steering Group of PA6;• To halt the deterioration in the status of all species and habitats covered by EU nature legislationand achieve a significant and measurable improvement, adapted to the special needs of the DanubeRegion.• By 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing greeninfrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems.• By 2020, Invasive Alien Species and their pathways are identified and prioritised, priority species arecontrolled or eradicated, and pathways are managed to prevent the introduction and establishmentof new IAS.• Secure viable populations of Danube sturgeon species and other indigenous fish species by 2020.Targets to be endorsed by High Level Group in October 2011


Action Plan for PA6ACTION PLAN of EUSDR for PA6Preservation of biodiversity and landscapes:• To contribute to the 2050 EU vision and 2020 EU target for biodiversity• To manage Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas effectively• To protect and restore most valuable ecosystems and endangered animal species• To explore together the appropriateness of reviewing the Convention Concerning Fishing in the Waters of the Danube• To develop green infrastructure in order to connect different bio-geographic regions and habitats• To reduce the spread of invasive alien species (IAS)• To decrease the input of pesticides into the environment of the Danube Region• To remove safely obsolete pesticides and other obsolete chemicals in the area of Danube Region• To prepare and implement transnational spatial planning and development policies for functional geographical areas (riverbasins, mountain ranges etc.)


Action Plan for PA6ACTION PLAN of EUSDR for PA6 (cont.)Preservation and improvement of the quality of soils:• To ensure appropriate treatment of solid waste• To create standardised and compatible information on land cover on transnational basis• To raise awareness about soil protectionImprovement of air quality:• To decrease air pollutantsEducation of people on the value of natural assets, ecosystems and the services they provide:• To raise awareness of the general public, by acknowledging and promoting the potentials of natural assets as drivers ofsustainable regional development• To educate children and young people• To build capacities of local authorities in the environment-related matters


Action Plan for PA6ACTION PLAN of EUSDR for PA6• 16 pre-defined actions in PA6• Task of PACs: to facilitate the implementation of actions by suitable projects and initiatives• Targets and actions are main indicators of the success of the EUSDR!“Once an action or project is included in the Action Plan, it should be implemented by the countries andstakeholders concerned.”


Action Plan for PA6ACTION PLAN of EUSDRProposed actions for PA6 (extract)Preservation of biodiversity and landscapes:• To manage Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas effectivelyExample of project“To implement the Danube River Network of Protected Areas (DANUBEPARKS)”This project, supported by the South East Europe transnational cooperation programme, aims atcooperation, coordination, consultation and strengthening of the links between and competences of thenational administrations of protected areas of Danube countries. The links and synergies betweenDANUBEPARKS project and the Bavarian projects such as "Green Danube" should be established andexploited. (Lead: Auen Park, Austria. Deadline: 2012)


Service and Support by PACSupport and Service by PACs to Projects1. Facilitation and support in project application process• Project Label and issuing a Letter of Recommendation (to be presented to funding programmeby applicants)• Letter of Recommendation concerning co-funding support (individually upon needs)• Support in project partner search (if necessary)2. Facilitation and support during project implementation (including current Project)• Information & Publicity, Enhancing visibility of project, using Danube Strategy channels (Webpage,Publications, Events, …). “Danubeparks is contributing to the implementation of the EUSDR”• Facilitate and enhancing links to policy making levels, including National and European level• Mutual participation at meetings, conferences (PA6, EUSDR, Project Meetings)• Following the project progress, establishing further links, networking, development of follow-ups, closecooperation as ongoing process.3. What are your expectations and ideas concerning PAC-support?


OutlookCurrent and next Steps• Ongoing project tracking by Database and contributions from SG;• Compiling list of relevant Actors in Danube Region;• Defining Criteria and procedure for project labelling;• Establishing Links to Funding Programmes;• Coordination with PAC 4 & 5 and PAC 1;• Support in Project development;• Networking with relevant organisations, NGOs and existingnetworks;• Public Events and Workshops


ContactsThank you for your attention!Dr. Florian BallnusBavarian State Ministry of the Environmentand Public HealthRosenkavalierplatz 281925 MünchenGermanyPhone: +49 (0)89 9214-3144florian.ballnus@stmug.bayern.deKornelija PintarićDirectorNature Protection DirectorateMinistry of Culture, CroatiaRunjaninova 2, HR-10000 ZagrebCroatiaPhone: +385 (1) 4866 101kornelija.pintaric@min-kulture.hr

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