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Lead Partner: Natural Environment and Climate Change Agency (N.E.C.C.A)
IMPROVING POLICIES TO PROTECT BIODIVESRITY FROM INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES Biological invasions are considered to be one of the greatest threats to the biodiversity and natural ecosystems. Invasive Alien Species (IAS) can act as vectors for new diseases, cause native species’ extinction, change ecosystem processes, and reduce the value of land and water for human activities. INVALIS will enable the participating territorial authorities to address common challenges associated with biological invasions such as a) knowledge gaps in ecosystems’ vulnerability to biological invasions and species’ distribution, b) lack of awareness about IAS environmental and socioeconomic risks, c) low level of cooperation between public authorities and key stakeholders for the implementation of IAS management measures, and c) conflicts of interests. OBJECTIVE INVALIS brings together 7 partners from 7 countries, to improve their environmental policies, by supporting policy measures for the prevention, early detection and control of IAS. EXPECTED IMPACT - Increased capacity of 200 staff of public administrations to effectively implement IAS management policies - 10 million euros unlocked to support projects for increasing natural ecosystems’ resilience to IAS and to carry out eradication/control actions for high priority species - Increased awareness of over 1000 stakeholders about IAS impact on the biodiversity, economy and human health MAIN OUTPUTS & BENEFICIARIES - 6 action plans to improve the addressed policy instruments, benefiting managing authorities and beneficiaries - 3 interregional workshops, 2 site visits and 1 EU-wide policy learning event to promote capacity building among partners and stakeholders - 18 policy briefs to transfer INVALIS lessons learnt to EU public authorities - A risk assessment framework for EU public administrations to assess regional ecosystems’ vulnerability to IAS - 4 baseline analysis reports on territorial needs and IAS management practices
Lead Partner: Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
Matching conservation priorities with regional development policies while paying special attention to ERDF fund availability is a critical challenge to deploy robust and effective biodiversity conservation strategies at European and regional levels. However, the development of conservation priorities requires the adequate mobilisation of consistent, relevant and structured biodiversity information aimed at feeding and eventually guiding decision-making. Better prioritization of biodiversity conservation efforts using evidence-based methods BID-REX aims to enhance natural value preservation through improved regional development policies by creating/reinforcing the link between relevant biodiversity data and conservation decision-making processes. More specifically, it aims to facilitate the use of biodiversity information and increase the impact of ERDF allocation in the preservation of the European natural heritage by providing decision-making processes with appropriate biodiversity information.
Lead Partner: Province of Fryslân
Celebrating Biodiversity Governance (BioGov) is about the improvement of natural and cultural heritage policies. We want to reach our goal through participatory governance, by way of  stakeholder cooperation.  Stakeholders include nature organization staff, land owners, citizens government staff. Stakeholder cooperation means information sharing,dialogue, deliberationexploring new models of shared decision-making. The expected changes are more effective policies due to improved governance and broad stakeholder support, projects using participatory governance and/or policy instruments that actively encourage participatory governance as a new priority. As outcomes, partners will increase their capacity to facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships in their region, to engage in interregional learning, to learn to produce and communicate best practice narratives. Study visits - as part of interregional partner meetings - enable project staff to meet regional stakeholders and dialogue about policy improvement. Biodiversity and cultural landscapes are at the core of our regional identities. In our view, effective natural and cultural heritage policies are rooted in deliberation about, as well as care for and celebration of nature that sustains us.
Lazio Region

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The interregional cooperation allowed to develop new educational programmes that benefit biodiversity conservation of Protected Areas in Romania.
Type: Project