Seminar on Nature Protection and Birds and Habitats Directives requirements

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Seminar on Nature Protection and Birds and Habitats Directives requirements


A seminar on requirements of the assessment as per Birds and Habitats Directives (BHD) and lessons learned in the period 2007-2013 was held in Brussels on April 10th 2014.


The meeting was attended by roughly 40 participants from Member States' authorities, representatives of the European Commission and JASPERS partners.   




The JASPERS Networking Platform was created to complement JASPERS project advisory operations by implementing knowledge sharing and targeted capacity building activities, as well as fostering dissemination of good practices and exchange of experiences among JASPERS Stakeholders.


The Networking Platform is open to relevant authorities from all EU Member States, as well as pre-accession Countries.


The seminar touched on the key issues of the appropriate assessment procedure as required by Article 6.3 and 6.4 of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC, on the requirements of Annex I Declaration (as per Common Provisions’ Regulation – CPR) by the Authority responsible for monitoring NATURA 2000 network, on newest guidance documents on the appropriate assessment, and on nature protection decision-making questions based on the case law of the ECJ.




The results and recommendations of the EC-funded study “Study on Evaluating and Improving Permitting Procedures Related to Natura 2000 requirements”  were also presented.




The seminar was targeted to relevant authorities in Member States (in particular from coordinating and environmental Managing Authorities, as well as relevant departments dealing with EIA and SEA matters) and representatives from DG ENVIRONMENT and DG REGIO.

Speakers from Ireland, Germany and Poland presented concrete examples of national practices and case studies on the application of requirement of the Birds and Habitats Directives. JASPERS steered a discussion on lessons learned from the 2007-2013 funding period.


To complement the discussion, DG Environment highlighted the relationships between EIA, SEA and Appropriate Assessment. The workshop concluded with a roundtable that gave the opportunity to discuss the relevance of the topics covered and allowed an exchange of practical experience among participants.

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