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ENEP participates in second GI Implementation and Restoration (GIIR) Working Group in Brussels on 23rd June

Simon Pascoe represented ENEP at the latest European Commission working group on Green Infrastructure. This is the second working group the Commission has hosted is seeking to bring the European Commission (DG Environment officials) together with representatives from the Member States, Industry and Civil Society to discuss the follow up to the 2013 Green Infrastructure strategy. The meeting reviewed progress on the Biodiversity Strategy implementation: Green Infrastructure and restoration in its policy context, progress on implementation of Green Infrastructure and restoration in Member States and a number of possible outputs of the Working Group under the following headings:

  • The exchange of information on the implementation of tasks mentioned in the GI strategy
  • To add value to EC actions by transferring them to the national context and vice versa
  • Identifying best practice capacity building, training and education actions that can support the deployment of GI and increase participation at national/regional and local levels
  • Facilitate exchange of best practices on ecosystem restoration and its contribution to GI
  • Identify useful indicators to monitor the uptake of GI

Other issues discussed:

  1. The CAP 2014-2020 - A DG AGRI speaker attended to explain how the new CAP green payments, greening practices, cross compliance measures and second pillar rural development programmes would support Green Infrastructure in the 2014-2020 financing period. – see attached presentation
  2. No Net Loss  and we should be alive to opportunities coming up later in the year;
  3. The Commission officials confirmed that a call for projects will be launched under the HORIZON 2020 programme in 2015 on RE-NATURING CITIES.  In a recent event hosted under the Greek Presidency, working group members were informed how the Horizon 2020 programme could offer important opportunities for the application and testing of nature-based solutions in cities and urban areas that could support climate change adaptation, ecosystem restoration, improve living standards and attract new jobs and business through eco-innovation.
  4. Natural Capital Financing Fundworking group members were informed that EIB and DG Environment are working on a list of strategic projects for consideration under this new financing instrument. The new fund will provide debt and equity instruments to finance
  • Green infrastructure (e.g. green roofs, green walls, ecosystem-based rainwater collection / water reuse systems, flood protection and erosion control).
  • Payment for ecosystem services (e.g. programs to protect and enhance forestry, biodiversity, to reduce water or soil pollution).
  • Biodiversity offsets / compensation beyond legal requirements (e.g. compensation pools for on-site and off-site compensation projects).
  • Pro-biodiversity and adaptation businesses (e.g. sustainable forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, eco-tourism). READ MORE
Issue 35