Planning for biodiversity conference09/11/2011 at 17:32 | Posted in event | Leave a comment
Tags: conference, eu, presentation, Warsaw
This week Monday and Tuesday we (Hermanni Backer and Manuel Frias) attended a conference titled “Planning for Biodiversity”, organized as a part of the Polish EU presidency. In addition to the initial plenary session, starred by among others, Francois Wakenhut (DG ENV), Haitze Siemers (DG MARE) as well as Eva Wenigová (DG Regio), the programme included during day 2 a special sesson on MSP chaired by Jacek Zaucha (associate professor at the University of Gdansk).
During the MSP session we presented the status of the Plan Bothnia planning (Hermanni Backer), slightly with a special biodiversity angle, as well as our internet-based communication and data collection activities (Manuel Frias).
The points taken home, from presentations or thought of by ourselves include:
- The concept of Green Infrastructure, highlighted by DG ENV could be possibly be interesting for Plan Bothnia.
- The importance of links to activities to land was again highlighted- one reason was that thinking more about the landside helps in defining the issues that can not be affected by MSP at sea.
- Community-based planning information generation through mobile devices seems like an interesting way to activate people in data generation.
- Many large European MSP projects close during the period 2012-2013, this will generate a large amount of information and literature on MSP.
- Link between the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process and MSP.