Join us for our Annual Conference in the exquisite Bückeburg Palace!

Join us for our Annual Conference in the exquisite Bückeburg Palace!

Annual Conference on the theme: Private Conservation Initiatives: Challenges and opportunities for private landowners

5th September 2017 | 9:00 am – 2:00pm | Bückeburg Palace, Germany

The Wildlife Estates Label is the largest private conservation label in Europe and each year we invite all those who support our work to attend a high-level conference and field trip to share best practice in private conservation and wildlife management. This year we are delighted to be holding our annual Plenary Conference in Lower Saxony, Germany. Our host is Wildlife Estates member, HSH Alexander Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe, will kindly open his estate to Wildlife Estates members and friends.

In this framework, we are organizing a seminar dedicated to the issue of ‘Wolves in Europe’ with high-level speakers including representatives from the German Bundestag, EU Large Carnivore experts as well as sheep herders and landowners. A second panel will address the need for compensation for private conversation and we are honoured to have Mr Humberto Delgado Rosa from the European Commission to discuss the issue.

The conference provides a forum for land-owners, land managers, and NGOs, as well as national and regional authorities, to share their experiences of private nature conservation and wildlife management. Participants can expect lively debates on both the challenges faced by private landowners, as well as the benefits of their contribution to society through biodiversity conservation.

For more information and to register for this event please contact: coordination@elo.org


09:00-09:30 am Welcoming and registration

Welcome address - HSH Alexander Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe

09:30-09:50 am Opening Speech
• Olaf LIES, Minister for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection (Lower Saxony)

Presentation of the Wildlife Estates project
• Konstantin KOSTOPOULOS, Chief Operating Officer, Wildlife Estates Label

09:50-11:30 am Panel 1: Integrated wildlife management plans for large carnivores

Moderator: Thierry de l’ESCAILLE, Secretary General, European Landowners’ Organization

Panel discussion:
• Hellmut DAMMAN-TANKE (Member of parliament of Lower Saxony, within the committee of agriculture, president of the hunting association of Lower-Saxony)
• Gero HOCKER (Member of Bundestag, within the committee for agriculture, Member of the liberal party)
• Martin HOLM (Shepperd)
• Jürgen TACK (EU Platform on Coexistence between People and Large Carnivores)

• Questions and answers

11:30-11:50 am Coffee break

11:50-12.10 am Keynote speech:

• Humberto DELGADO ROSA, Director for Nature Capital, DG Environment, European Commission

12.10 -1:50 pm Panel 2: Compensation for private conservation: Natura 2000

Moderator: Robert FLIES, Former Advisor to the Director (Directorate B – Nature) in the DG Environment, European Commission

Panel discussion:
• Christian WEBER, director of the Fürstliche Hofkammer (Schloss Bückeburg) landowner & Natura 2000 manager
• Humberto DELGADO ROSA, Director for Nature Capital, DG Environment, European Commission
• Christiane Paulus, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for the Environment

• Questions and answers

1:50-02:00pm
Closing Speech - Günther GRAF VON DER SCHULENBURG-WOLFSBURG

For more information and to register for this event please contact: coordination@elo.org