20 Years of the Habitats Directive

22 Oct 2012 - 10:00 to 25 Oct 2012 - 16:00

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Habitats Directive. A series of events takes place throughout 2012, mainly focusing on the achievements of both LIFE and Natura 2000. From 22-25 October, the EuroParc Conference will be held at Hoge Kempen National Park, Genk, Belgium as the centrepiece event of the EU celebrations marking 20 years of the Habitats Directive and nature protection. The Europarc Conference takes placed in a different European country each year and gathers 500 professionals from protected areas, ministries responsible for protected areas and major European conservation organisations. FACE Secretary General Angus Middleton was a speaker at the 2010 EuroParc conference. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘(Re)connecting’. It will explore (Re)connecting nature with nature; people with nature; business with biodiversity; and policy with practice – basically (re)connecting society with biodiversity.

FACE has taken the opportunity of this 2012 focus to better profile the benefits of hunters’ involvement in Natura 2000, and thus capitalise on this renewed effort by the Commission to communicate clearly to Member States that there is a place for hunters in Natura 2000, something which is too often lost in translation between EU policy and local implementation.