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Third Annual Conference of the European Learning Network on Regions and Biodiversity

This conference will explore the crucial role of regions in the Natura 2000 implementation process and wider biodiversity and nature conservation initiatives across Europe by linking the European Learning Network for Regions and Biodiversity with the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. It aims to bring together key players at local and regional level and to showcase some of the best regional cooperation projects. The many practical examples presented at the knowledge market and during the workshops should provide a good basis and inspiration for the formulation of useful lessons learned and recommendations.

In four parallel workshops participants will explore different and highly relevant aspects of Natura 2000 implementation from the point of view of local and regional authorities:

· Natura 2000 and regional planning

· Promoting the multiple benefits of Natura 2000 in the region

· Innovative funding for Natura 2000

· Building partnerships for effective Natura 2000 management

Participating in the conference will be an excellent opportunity to engage in lively and focused workshop discussions, to learn about innovative initiatives from across Europe, to forge new alliances and to meet potential partners for the development of collaborative actions in the field of Natura 2000 management and also in the wider field of biodiversity conservation at local and regional level.

Further details, the draft programme and a registration form can be found on the conference webpage. When filling in the registration form you can indicate whether you would like to showcase your project or initiative on the Knowledge Market, or to share your views about Natura 2000 in the region by sending in a one minute video message.