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The Network of the Heads of European Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) in Slovenia

Ljubljana, May xxx – The 20th Plenary Meeting of ENCA will be held in Ljubljana, from 21-23 May 2017. The ENCA network draws together the Heads of European Nature Conservation Agencies from across Europe and its neighbouring countries. With a current membership of 23 organisations, ENCA is an important symbol of the power of co-operation amongst countries to influence positive change.

At a time of celebration for nature conservation initiatives across Europe and Internationally, including the 25th Anniversaries of the Habitats Directive and the LIFE Programme, Natura 2000 Day (21 May), International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May) and the 10th Anniversary of ENCA itself, Mr. Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director of Natural Capital at the Directorate-General for the Environment - EU Commission, will talk about the current status of nature conservation efforts in the EU.

The main topic will be the new ‘Action Plan for nature, people and the economy’, which will implement the recommendations of the Fitness Check evaluation of the EU Habitats and Birds Directives (the ‘Nature Directives’). The Plan was adopted by the European Commission on 27 April and will be debated at a stakeholders' conference co-hosted by the Commission, the Committee of the Regions and the Maltese Presidency of the EU on the 6th June 2017 in Brussels.
The Fitness Check evaluation represents the culmination of comprehensive consultation across Europe. It concluded that, within the framework of broader EU biodiversity policy, the Nature Directives remain highly relevant and are fit for purpose. ENCA contributed to the evaluation by providing evidence in four key topic areas, guidance, effective cooperation, capacity building, and financing. ENCA continues to play an active role as the Commission follows up the Action Plan, which aims to improve the implementation of the Nature Directives and boost their contribution towards reaching the EU's biodiversity targets for 2020.

The over-arching theme of the Plenary is:
‘The integration of nature protection into spatial planning and sectoral policies in Slovenia’.

This is a key priority for nature conservation, recognising that despite successes in environmental policy there is still a strong need for mainstreaming biodiversity into other sectors. It also sits in harmony with ENCA's new strategy, which will look to the future, our shared priorities, and the opportunities and challenges facing European nature. The strategy will be launched in Lithuania this autumn to celebrate ENCA’s 10th Anniversary Year.

To mark Natura 2000 Day, 21st May 2017, the meeting will include a field excursion to the “Pearls of Nature” close to Ljubljana, Lake Cerkniško jezero and the Rakov Škocjan valley.
 

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