On the 22nd and 23rd of November, the Policy Learning Platform hosted a workshop in Bucharest, Romania. The thematic workshop was the first concrete opportunity for Interreg Europe projects dealing with natural heritage to exchange approaches and good practices.

The goal of the event was to start building synergies between the projects working on the topic of natural heritage. To accomplish this, project representatives were invited to share their good practices and successful approaches, learn more about the European framework and exchange with other projects.

After two days of discussions, the workshop revealed many potential areas for new ideas and collaboration. It also gave participants a better understanding of what is being done to optimise natural heritage protection measures at local, regional and European levels.

Conclusions

From the exchanges and debates, it became clear that at regional level:

  • There is a need to mobilise political support for actions focused on natural heritage including in the next programming period.
  • Natural heritage has links to other thematic areas such as social inclusion, sustainable (eco) tourism and innovation. Good examples on these links already exist and interregional learning can facilitate sharing and promoting such experiences.
  • Natural heritage has the potential to activate joint action. Partnerships between businesses, academia, citizens, and local and regional authorities can play a key role in these processes.  
  • Further efforts are needed to raise awareness for policy makers, planners, private sector and society of the contribution of ecosystems to socio-economic objectives.

It was also emphasized that local and regional authorities have a key role in protection and sustainable management of natural heritage assets.

Thank you

Thank you again to all the event participants! To view the presentations and more information about the workshop, please visit the conclusions page.

For a more detailed summary of the workshop and the discussions, please check out the learning bag for the event.