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Passion for Nature – Integrated Governance: Mainstreaming Opportunities for Nature & Society

The Bosland 10th Anniversary Conference

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Oct 12, 2016 10:30 AM to
Oct 14, 2016 12:00 PM


Lommel, Belgium

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Bosland, the largest forest and nature project in Flanders (and an LTSER site), was launched 10 years ago. A decade down the road we can look back on an impressive list of achievements of inclusive and sustainable forest management and governance. Although the core traditional forestry-related activities (timber, wood and biomass production) have been maintained and enhanced, a wide range of innovative approaches with significant social and scientific benefits have been successfully developed in the past years. Bosland is a true example of successful multi-functional territorial development and integrated forest governance.

Bosland’s 10th Anniversary is the occasion to share the main achievements of our project with the world. Linked with the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, the conference programme not only celebrates the scale of our achievements, but also provides a platform for stimulating networking. Apart from the specific exchanges on inclusive territorial governance, sustainable forest management and science-based adaptive strategies, the programme also showcases innovative business case development in a challenging socio-economic environment. We are sure that our conference will be of high value to all attending.

Who should attend?
EU, national, regional and local policy makers, Natura 2000 and other site managers, business representatives and scientists working at the interface of nature conservation and sustainable regional socio-economic development.

Why should you attend?
This three day landmark Conference creates a European level platform to network with colleagues from around our beautiful continent. As well as offering you the opportunity to discover and meet the actors of a truly innovative and successful integrated approach to regional sustainable development in one of the most densely populated areas of Europe, the programme also includes inspiring relevant initiatives from across Europe. Together, participants will have the opportunity to discuss values and integrated governance approaches, not only important for nature, but also for human health, economic development, job creation, climate, water management, tourism, and many more human dimensions. Working with people's "Passion for Naure" enables us to position biodiversity, nature and ecosystem services as essential pillars for greening economies, as well as for innovation.

The Programme showcases initiatives from a wide range of actors from civil society, the business community, forestry, local and regional administrations and conservationists. It includes presentations from leading actors and stakeholders active in the Bosland Partnership,  case study presentations from other international landmark projects and initiatives, interactive discussion sessions and field visits to see ‘on the ground’ how results are being achieved and to learn from each other.

Whilst celebrating the 10th anniversary of this ground breaking initiative, this event is also a unique opportunity for you to learn and share experience required for inclusive and sustainable forest management and governance. Above all, participation will enable you to look forward and forge new relationships with a view to developing your own existing or planned cooperation projects and initiatives.

This is event is co-organised by ALTER-Net partner ECNC.

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