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Conclusions and recommendations of the Conference 'Greening European Regions'

On 12-12-12 the ‘Greening European Regions Conference – biodiversity as a boost for regional and local economy” took place in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands, organized by ECNC and UNEP, the Province of Limburg (B), and the municipality of Oisterwijk, in cooperation with the Province of Noord-Brabant (NL),  the EU Committee of the Regions and ENCORE.

This report provides a summary of the presentations and discussions, as well as the outcomes of the workshops reported by its facilitators and finally the conclusions and recommendations of the Conference, as summarized by the Conference chair. The structure of the document is based on the Conference programme, which is included in the annex.

'Greening European Regions' was the first European conference of the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity, which was initiated as a follow-up of the European conference “Regions as champions for biodiversity 2010”, 2007, Oisterwijk, which resulted in the “Brabant-Oisterwijk Appeal”. The conference was financially supported by the Province of Limburg (B), the European Commission, the municipality of Oisterwijk, UNEP and ECNC.

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Nature works for regions! Inspiring examples of good practice

Torre-Marín, A., M. Snethlage & B. Delbaere
Prepared by ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation (2012)
ISBN 978-90-76762-31-9
In recent years, ECNC has collected an extensive number of practical examples which aim to encourage people who wish to become involved with biodiversity, inspire them and show them that local biodiversity is beautiful and can effectively deliver services. As part of this collection, numerous examples of biodiversity activities by local and regional authorities and businesses from around Europe have been included in this publication.
A number of these examples illustrate how biodiversity and ecosystem services inspire or work in local and regional situations. The publication is divided into six themes which deal with food, water management, climate change, pollution, human well-being and biodiversity conservation. Each theme is briefly introduced, together with a few practical suggestions for action (what can you do?), and illustrated with selected real-life examples. Many of these examples have multiple benefits beyond the topic that they are placed in.

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