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EU Biodiversity Conference 2017 - "CAP Reform: Opportunities and Threats for Biodiversity"

EU Biodiversity Conference 2017 - "CAP Reform: Opportunities and Threats for Biodiversity"
  • Date: 05-12-2017
  • Subject: 5 DECEMBER 2017 - European Biodiversity Conference - Hosted by the European Parliament Intergroup on Biodiversity, Hunting, and Countryside

    The European Biodiversity Conference is an annual high level conference organized by the ELO. The conference gathers land managers, landowners, policy makers, NGOs and industry representatives to discuss the participation of land users and land managers in the protection of biodiversity, as much as agri-businesses and industries, from different angels.


    A New CAP: Opportunities and Threats for Biodiversity

    The conference will be focusing on the future strategy on food and farming and its environmental impact. In the context of the CAP reform and the EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy, we would like to address the issue of biodiversity management confronting agricultural policies and practices.

    How can the future CAP answer better environmental challenges? Where in its architecture and priorities should be included climate and environmental objectives? How to redesign policies in order to fully reward farmers for the delivery of public goods and their ecosystem services?

    PROGRAMME:

    12h00 Registration

    12h30 Opening Speeches

    Annie SCHREIJER-PIERIK, MEP
    Pierre-Olivier DRÈGE, President, European Landowners’Organization

    Belleuropa Award Ceremony

    12h50 Keynote

    Pierre BASCOU, Director “Sustainability and income support”, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

    13h15-13h50 Panel Discussions
    Claudia OLAZABAL, Head of Unit, Land Use and Management, Directorate-General for Environment, EC
    Professor Emeritus Allan BUCKWELL, RISE Foundation
    Andreas BAUMÜLLER, WWF Head Natural resources

    13h50-14h10 Questions and Answers

    14h10-14h30 Conclusion

    ***Sandwich lunch will be provided***


    Every year the conference hosts the Belleuropa Award that honors a Wildlife Estate Label territory which has realized an important step forward to maintain, protect or improve land for the benefit of biodiversity, using agri-environmental measures and achieving significant results from an environmental point of view.

    http://www.europeanlandowners.org/awards/belleuropa-award
  • Location: European Parliament
  • Web: www.goo.gl/W9pRpE

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Romania, September 2017

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Romania, September 2017
  • Date: 03-10-2017
  • Subject: On the 19th – 21st September the national delegations gathered in Bucharest, Romania for the 12th Plenary Session of the WE Label Steering Committee to discuss progress in the project. The network now counts over 280 estates covering a total area of 1.500.000 hectares.

    A public conference was held the following day to discuss the intersection between land management plans and biodiversity conservation, with the particular focus on the challenges facing Romania. The first panel was dedicated to “Integrated wildlife management plans for large carnivores”, while the second panel explored the creation of “Synergies between forest management and biodiversity management.”

    Panellists included a wide range of exceptional speakers from the world of academia, business and EU affairs, including Nicola NOTARO, Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission; Professor Ovidiu IONESCU, Vice-Dean at the Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering in the University of Braşov; Bernhard BUDIL, Chairman of the Civil Dialogue Group on Forestry and Cork and Secretary General of the Association of Austrian Land and Forest Owners; and Costel BUCUR, Forest Manager for the IKEA Group, among others. the event was also attended by Minister for Agriculture Petre DAEA who voiced his support for the goals of the Wildlife Estate project and the role of agricultural producers across Europe in managing biodiversity effectively

    Panel debates highlighted the importance of integrating biodiversity into the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, while also maintaining the balance between biodiversity conservation and the interests of landowners and land users. Key concerns included ensuring that adequate dialogue with stakeholders is sought prior to the creation of management plans, as well as when working with stakeholders in regions co-existing with large carnivores. The subject of financial burden-sharing was also addressed. Many speakers called for the recognition of nature and biodiversity as public goods, from which society as a whole benefits, and to which society as a whole should contribute.
  • Location: Bucharest, Romania
  • Web: https://myalbum.com/album/dnMTBufgICVE

EU Biodiversity Conference 2016 - "Biodiversity-friendly Farming: Is Organic the Future"

EU Biodiversity Conference 2016 - "Biodiversity-friendly Farming: Is Organic the Future"
  • Date: 07-12-2016
  • Subject: The European Biodiversity Conference is an annual high level conference organized by the ELO since 2010. The conference gathers land managers, landowners, policy makers, NGOs and industry representatives to discuss the participation of land users and land managers in the protection of biodiversity, as much as agro businesses and industries, from different angels.

    Every year the conference hosts the Belleuropa Award that honors a Wildlife Estate Label territory which has realized an important step forward to maintain, protect or improve land for the benefit of biodiversity, using agri-environmental measures and achieving significant results from an environmental point of view.

    2016 - "Biodiversity friendly farming: is organic the future?"

    Wednesday 7th December 2016, Residence Palace (rue de la Loi 155, 1000 - Brussels) from 10.00 to 13.00

    Speaker's presentations:

    Opening speech, Karl-Heinz FLORENZ, MEP & President of the Intergroup Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside


    Panel Discussion

    Claudia OLAZÁBAL, Head of Unit Natural Capital-Land use and Management, DG ENV, European Commission
    Stephen MEREDITH, Deputy Policy Manager, IFOAM EU
    Martijn BUIJSSEN, EISA
  • Location: Residence Palace
  • Web: http://www.europeanlandowners.org/events/biodiversity-conference
  • Attachment: european_biodiversity_conferences___2016__biodiversity_friendly_farming_is_organic_the_futur_1.pdf (3 MB)

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Denmark, September 2016

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Denmark, September 2016
  • Date: 27-09-2016
  • Subject: On the 27th – 29th September international experts for wildlife management and the national delegations gathered in Køge, Denmark for the 11th Plenary Session of the WE Label Steering Committee to discuss progress in the project, exchange experiences and validate the new WE Estates in various countries. In Denmark 26 further Estates joined the Wildlife Estates – network, increasing the total number of estates under the label to 231 covering a total area of 1.135.000 hectares.

    The seminar “Managing Europe’s wildlife and its natural environment” provided fruitful discussions between various stakeholders of wildlife and nature conservation management. Humberto DELGADO ROSA, Director of Natural Capital in DG Environment, European Commission, stated that private land managers deserve a full recognition of their role in nature conservation. Jurgen TACK, ELO Scientific Director & Landelijk Vlaanderen reported of the scientific evidence that hunting contributes to conservation through balancing the peaks and slumps of population from prey and predators.

    Participants of the Plenary Session were invited to visit the Ledreborg and Gisselfeld estates to see their wildlife- and landscape management. Ledreborg is an estate of 1.600 hectares in the centre of Zealand’s only National Park. It was listed under a national landscape preservation order in the 1970’s. The Gisselfeld Estate consists of 4.000 hectares distributed between forest, agriculture, meadows, lakes, and wetlands. Game and nature have optimal conditions thanks to artificially created biotopes, hedgerows and game crops. Grass strips and beetle banks were cultivated to extend habitats for pollinators.
  • Location: Køge, Denmark
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media
  • Attachment: ps_denmark_september_2016_1.pdf (930.2 kB)

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Spain, 2015

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Spain, 2015
  • Date: 14-09-2015
  • Subject: The 10th Plenary Session of WE Label celebrated 1.000.000 ha of private conservation management

    It has been ten years since a group of key players in the field of wildlife management decided that our natural capital is as much a concern for private individuals as it is for society.

    What private owners do out of love for their estates have a tremendous contribution to maintain healthy ecosystem and thriving biodiversity thus creating prosperous countryside businesses. However it is not enough. We need to ensure that their successes are visible, that their efforts are validated, and that they are, rightly, seen as strong guardians of nature.

    The Wildlife Estates Label serves as a tool to quantify the estates and to showcase that the private nature conservation that respects Europe’s traditions and economic activities, is often cheaper, better, and easier than the public alternative.

    Today, the network consists of 187 European estates covering 1.000.000 hectares. Over the 10 years of operations of the programme, and starting from 2007 for which we first have data, the amount of labelled hectares passed from a mere 23 000 to more than 1.000.000 (count the estates that are undergoing evaluation), which suggests a cumulative rate of increase of over 4 000%.

    To celebrate this outstanding achievement and to set new targets the WE National Delegations gathered together in Trujillo, Spain between September 14th - 16th. The plenary session included a half day conference entitled “What benefits does the Wildlife Estates Label bring to landmanagers and the whole of society?” to debate the role and benefits of label not only for the nature conservation point of view but also in economic and social terms as well as the issue of private land conservation and its integration in environmental policies at the European, national and regional level.

  • Attachment:
    Conference_Agenda_15.09.2015.pdfGerman_Canomanuel_MFF_Syngenta.pdfCarlos_Otero_WE_Spain.pdfJoao_Carvalho_Benefits_of_WE_in_Portugal.pdfMiguel_Aymerich_N2000_ESPA_LA_Asamblea_Wildlife_Estates_rev.pdf
  • Location: Trujillo, Spain
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - The United Kingdom, 2014

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - The United Kingdom, 2014
  • Date: 02-09-2014
  • Subject: This year’s WE Plenary Session took place in the beautiful settings of the Holkham Estate. Holkham is a privately owned estate, situated on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. This estate is currently the only WE Labelled estate in the country. The Palladian style villa in the centre of the thriving 25.000-acre (cca. 10.000 hectares) agricultural estate served as the venue of the 3-days-event.

    How to implement the WE Label in the EU and in the UK particularly - was at the core of the discussions. Thierry de l’Escaille (Secretary General of the ELO), Stefan Leinen (EU Commission) and Tom Coke (owner of Holkham Estate) spoke on the first day about the current state of play of the project both at EU and UK level. The second day continued with presentations, which were followed by a discussion on the long term implementation of the project. The discussion counted with additional presentations, namely from Konstantin Kostopoulos, new COO WE, and Christopher Price, Senior Policy Officer from CLA.

    The 3 days also included different field visits around the estate, showcasing Holkham’s multiple activities and future challenges, and the gala dinner where Jakob Frankenhauser, the manager of Kullo Grad, Finland received a WE Label.
  • Location: Holkham, UK
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.
  • Attachment: ps_the_united_kingdom_2014_1.pdf (797.5 kB)

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Czech Republic, 2013

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Czech Republic, 2013
  • Date: 03-09-2013
  • Subject: 2013’s annual plenary session of the Wildlife Estates Label was held in Prague and Chlumec nad Cidlinou, in the Czech Republic.

    On September 3rd, the 23 participants arrived in Prague and immediately began their first working session, to discuss the general situation of the WE and its future. Over the next three days a variety of subjects and concerns were addressed, ranging from the appropriate methodology to implement WE principles, to how to support small game on privately managed land. The attendees spent a day at Karlova Koruna Castle, an hour east of Prague, during which they were given tours of game enclosures and hunting grounds.

    On Thursday the 5th of September, the participants met at the Ministry of Agriculture in Prague, to discuss they ways in which the WE label could be implemented in the Czech Republic. Following Thierry de l’ESCAILLE’s opening statement, members from the WE and the Ministry of agriculture presented their views on greening requirements and equivalence schemes, Natura 2000, and country specific implementation.

    On their final day, WE members embarked on a field visit to the Hamouz Estate where they were shown how to best implement landscape features that also promote biodiversity.
  • Location: Prague and Chlumec nad Cidlinou, Czech Republic
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.
  • Attachment: ps_czech_republic_2013_1.pdf (462.8 kB)

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - France, 2012

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - France, 2012
  • Date: 01-09-2012
  • Subject: On the 4-6 September the Wildlife Estates Plenary session took place in Chambord (France). Carlos OTERO, underlined once more that the first intention for the WE label was to reward territories that were already applying a good management but in time the label has been so well recognized it became a tool for land managers to raise awareness about biodiversity, wildlife and the way their good management can improve local habitats for biodiversity.

    A discussion followed within the working groups on the issue of migratory birds and predation. Delphine DUPEUX, ELO Policy Offcer, presented the results of the study regarding the increase of wild boar population in Europe and the effectiveness of dissuasive feeding on damages to agriculture. She pointed out that the increase of wild boar is similar in percentage throughout all of the countries analyzed by the study. She explained that changes in the average temperatures and increased human activity were identified as the main factors causing the increase in wild boar population.
  • Location: Chambord, France
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.
  • Attachment: ps_chambord_france_2012_1.pdf (374.2 kB)

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Germany, 2011

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Germany, 2011
  • Date: 07-09-2011
  • Subject: On the 6-7th of September 2011, the Wildlife Estates brought
    representatives from a series of Wildlife Estates Delegations (Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands and Belgium) to the Wildlife Estates Plenary session in Lower Saxony, in Germany in order to discuss and progress on the implementation processes of the project. In the meantime, additional experts from universities and governmental bodies were sharing their knowledge and experience.

    One of the main purposes of the conference was to take a glance into the future and to develop the objectives for the upcoming year 2012. A clear synthesis of the current situation of the project and the definition of strict objectives for the future demonstrated the potential of the Wildlife Estates Label and Network at a European level.

    New communication tools, such as a web questionnaire for national liaison offices and signboards, were presented to all with the aim to facilitate and develop the cohesion of the network with a common brand and to increase the efficiency of administrative tasks. In addition, the development of this web questionnaire will support the new communication strategy by publishing on the website information about the Wildlife Estates territories and will optimize the organization of the network and keep cohesion between each delegation.

    The outcome of the conference was undoubtedly positive and the questions discussed set valuable connections between past, present and the future.

    And above all, cooperation and knowledge sharing among the stakeholders once again witnessed a great impact in setting path for the future improvements.
  • Location: Lower Saxony, Germany.
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.
  • Attachment: wildlife_estates__annual_plenary_session_1.pdf (217.1 kB)

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Scotland, 2010

Wildlife Estates Annual Conference - Scotland, 2010
  • Date: 02-09-2010
  • Subject: Wildlife Estates Plenary Session
    31st August – 2nd September 2010
  • Location: Blair, Scotland
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.

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Wildlife Estates Belgium Awards 12 new Labels

Wildlife Estates Belgium Awards 12 new Labels
  • Date: 05-02-2018
  • Subject: On Monday, February 5, at the Cercle Gaulois in Brussels, the Wildlife Estates Labels were presented to 12 Belgian private owners with special merits in the field of development for fauna and flora.

    In the presence of Humberto Delgado Rosa (Director-General for Environment, European Commission), Konstantin Kostopoulos (CEO Wildlife Estates) and Carlos Otero (chairman of the European scientific committee of the WE-label), a total of 12 Belgian private domains received the label.

    In Belgium 20 areas of private conservation have been awarded the label in total, covering over 18,500 hectares.
  • Location: Circle Gaulois, Brussels, Belgium
  • Attachment: wildlife_estates_belgium_awards_12_new_labels_1.jpg (349.4 kB)

Official launch of the WE Label in France – 8 estates awarded with the WE Label

Official launch of the WE Label in France – 8 estates awarded with the WE Label
  • Date: 09-03-2017
  • Subject: On the 9th of March, the official launch of the WE Label in France was celebrated in Paris. The following 8 territories covering more than 3000 hectares in France have been awarded with the WE Label for their extraordinary wildlife management and conservation practices in favour of biodiversity:

    • Ferme du Tors
    • Domaine des Grandes Cabanes du Vaccares Sud
    • Bois Léon and Ginette
    • Basse Vallée de la Durdent
    • Ferté and Forges-les-Eaux
    • Nojals and Clotte
    • Domaine de la Tourchardière
    • Domaine du Rembuché

    Landowners and –managers from the estates received their WE Label at a press conference in Paris organised by the François Sommer foundation, the National Hunting and Wildlife Agency (ONCFS) and the National Hunting Federation (FNC).

    Thierry de l’Escaille, Secretary General of the European Landowners’ Organization, started the press conference by presenting the origin of the label in 2005 and its development. Philippe Dulac, President of the François Sommer Foundation, Alain Durand, Vice-President of the FNC, and Nirmala Séon-Massin, Deputy Director of Research and Expertise at ONCFS, explained individually why their organisations have joined this project .

    Read more about our new French members in our Wildlife Estates Newsletter!

    Join us for the next event of WE France in Normandy when a movie on the WE Label in France will be published. Save the date: the 19th of May, in Veulettes-sur-Mer, in Normandy, one day dedicated to the WE label!

    For further information please contact: e.richard@chassenature.org
  • Location: Fondation François Sommer

Wildlife Estates Label meeting in the Czech Republic

Wildlife Estates Label meeting in the Czech Republic
  • Date: 20-04-2015
  • Subject: The third meeting of the Czech National Steering Committee took place in Prague, at a local Association of Private Farming (ASZ) in the Czech Republic. The meeting was led by Francesco Kinsky dal Borgo and his new assistant Kamila Lohrova, both from the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO).

    Several members of the Czech National Steering Committee joined the meeting in order to discuss aims and methodology of the Wildlife Estates (WE) Label in the Czech Republic. Communication of the project and preparation for next development of the WE Label is rather at its begging. However, during the meeting several important steps were discussed, and the Czech National Steering Committee confirmed to continue working on the application and promotion of the WE Label in the Czech Republic.
  • Location: ASZ office in Prague
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WE Label Evaluator Training Course

WE Label Evaluator Training Course
  • Date: 01-04-2015
  • Subject: The first WE Label Evaluator Training Course at EU level was led by Carlos Otero and Maria Ledesma from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

    More than 10 people joined the training session mainly representing different National Delegations to obtain more insights of the WE assessment methodology and the requirement for the European Evaluator Diploma.

    At the end three delegates, who had already acquired experience in the evaluation of the estates, received their official diploma: Ahti Putalaa from Finland, Fransesco Kinsky dal Borgo from Czech Republic and Alvaro Martínez Serrada from Romania.

    The WE European Official Evaluator title is given upon the completion of the training course given under the auspices of the Wildlife Estate European Secretariat and the Superior Technical School of the Engineers de Montes (The Polytechnic University of Madrid). The title will be renewed every year.
  • Location: ELO office in Brussels