The conference, which is organised by Wild Europe, comes at a critical moment with opportunity to influence policy on old growth forest & wilderness habitats in Europe.
Date And Time: Wed, Nov 20, 2019, 8:00 AM – Thu, Nov 21, 2019, 6:00 PM CET
Location: Hotel Tatra, 5 Námestie 1. mája, 811 06 Staré Mesto, Slovakia
The conference deals with challenges facing wilderness and old growth forest and has two main objectives:
• To produce new initiatives aimed at strengthening the protection agenda and supporting larger scale ecological restoration, on the 10th anniversary of Wild Europe’s involvement in the 2009 EU Parliamentary Resolution on wilderness, passed by a massive and enduring 538 vote mandate
• To determine and develop next steps for the old growth forest protection strategy, building on the projects initiated with the 550,000 euro raised since Wild Europe’s Brussels conference in 2017
The conference is held against a background where destruction and degradation of habitat in Europe is worsening even in supposedly protected areas, illegal and inappropriate logging is widespread and there are growing challenges from climate change, and political indifference.
Equally there are significant positive opportunities to be secured from new national initiatives and effective use of a nature enterprise funding agenda. Additionally the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, a New Green Deal, guidelines for the new European Commission – all to be determined in the next few months with impact on EU and non-EU states alike.
Rebecka le Moine, Member of the Swedish Parliament (the Green Party) will give a talk on ‘Best practice for wildness in European state forests: examples for replication’ during the conference.
More information on the programme here.
More information on Wild Europe here.