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European

PS Denmark, September 2016

PS 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)

PS Spain, September 2015

PS Spain, September 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.

PS The United Kingdom, 2014

PS 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)

PS Czech Republic, 2013

PS 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)

PS France, 2012

PS 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)

PS Germany, 2011

PS 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)

PS Scotland, 2010

PS 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.

PS Portugal, 2009

PS Portugal, 2009
  • Date: 02-09-2009
  • Subject: Wildlife Estates
    Plenary Session
    31st August – 3rd September 2009
    Mértola – Portugal
  • Location: Mértola, Portugal
  • Web: For pictures see our Gallery section under Media.

Local

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