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  1. The ECONAT 2000 Network Philip Eckersley Senior Specialist – Enforcement

  2. What is the Econat Network Network Members • Rijkswaterstaat Netherlands • Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management • Natural England, UK • Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs • Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz , Germany • part of Ministry of Environment of Lower Saxony, • ATEN, France • Umbrella for protected area management bodies • mandated by the French Ministry in charge of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Land use planning.

  3. The Econat 2000 Network Econat aims: • To promote the exchange of best practice and experience on implementing Natura 2000 across Europe, in particular economic developments • To enhance cooperation across borders and sectors • To improve understanding of the practical application of ‘legal’, ‘ecological’ and “economic” concepts

  4. The Econat Network How does it work? • A number of small, focussed peer exchanges per year in the four partner countries • Management team from network members • Annual seminar to share findings

  5. The Econat Network Planned for 2010 in UK: • Recreational access & Natura 2000 • Dealing with Uncertainty • Peer exchanges 2009 • Management planning • Linear / transport infrastructure • Legal aspects of species protection • Natura 2000 Protected marine areas • Estuaries

  6. Peer Exchange – Transport & Infrastructure Aims: • Compare procedures and contexts in NL, D, UK and F • Using case studies examine the specific problems caused by linear infrastructures on N2K sites • Examine solutions to mitigate and / or compensate for impacts • Case Studies • Impacts of new High Speed Train link (TGV – Est in France) • NOx impacts on protected sites – New Motorway Germany • National Ecological network - Netherlands

  7. Peer Exchange – Transport & Infrastructure Common issues • Assessment of favourable conservation status of habitats and species; • Evaluation of alternative solutions; • Confusion around ‘mitigation’ versus ‘compensatory measures’ with developers and consultancies; • Still problems with the assessment and quantification of ‘significant adverse effects’; • Lack of technical and scientific knowledge on the reactions of habitats and species to infrastructure impacts, particularly cumulative ones; • Lack of areas for compensation, and guarantees of effectiveness of compensatory measures; • Lack of connectivity program in N2000 at European level,

  8. The Econat Network http://seminar.econat.n2000.fr phil.eckersley@naturalengland.org.uk