After a great trip to Brussels yesterday, we started our consultation process different meetings. Our first meeting was with Head of Natura 2000 Unit of the DG Environment Stefan Leiner and Ctibor Kocman desk officer for Wilderness. We discussed three topics starting with the ongoing Natura 2000 Fitness check, its objectives, the procedure and the timetable. On that topic we discussed the challenges and opportunities of Wilderness in Natura 2000 sites and the position of the DG Environment using the NSG Königsbrcker Heide as an example where the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Ausit System was tested for the German protected areas. We proposed the local authorities in accordance with the Eac Nature Conservation Directives to change the management practice of the complete area from intervention to non-intervention managent.
Second topic was the Pan-European Green Corridor Network as a nature-based solution to the Green Infrastructure Initiative, its linkages to existing objectives of the different DG Environment Departments.
Last but not least, we received praise for ior communication strategy and discussed briefly Little Sydney.
After a very productive meeting in our new office we met the personal assistants of the Member of European Parliament Jörg Leichtfried and Karl-Heinz Florenz (Germany). Both exhibited a strong interest in the Natura 2000 Fitness Check and the linkage of Wilderness Quality Standards in Europe. Also discussed were nature conservation implementation issues on the country level.
On Friday we will meet Andras Demeter in charge of large carnivores at the EC DG Einvironment, Angelo Salsi in charge of LIFE + and Dieter Anseeuw from Vives University.