Finland, 25-27 September

Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland is hosting a combined event consisting of the Eurosite Annual Meeting and a Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process (Boreal region) Thematic Networking Event to enhance the ecological effectiveness of collaboration approaches and on the other hand to investigate alternative funding mechanisms to support these approaches.


The meeting is structured around three main themes:

  • Funding and possibilities: Voluntary work, private sector, compensations and habitat banking, etc. as mechanisms for conservation and management of biodiversity
  • Collaboration: Twinning and systematic biogeographic planning in the management of N2000 areas
  • Cost -effectiveness: Restoration prioritisation, Ecologically justifiable Low Hanging Fruits (LHF)


We first aim to identify best practices of using alternative funding mechanisms and collaboration possibilities in the management of N2000 areas. We focus on topical issues of voluntary work, involvement of the private sector, as well as the potential of conservation areas in compensation approaches like habitat banks to mitigate ecological damage caused by development projects elsewhere.

Secondly, we aim to enhance collaboration between N2000 managers by identifying possibilities for systematic biogeographical planning, i.e. to define common goals and needs and then means to meet these goals and targets more effectively through collaboration. Systematic biogeographical planning was identified as a key measure for enhancing the cost-effectiveness of management of N2000 areas in European scale in the Boreal N2000 biogeographical seminar autumn 2016.

As the third point in our endeavor to facilitate cost-efficient management of N2000 areas at the EU level we will tackle the topic of Low Hanging Fruits (LHF). The LHF approach, i.e. identifying Natura habitats where improvement would be most effectively achieved, was discussed thoroughly in the Boreal N2000 biogeographical seminar 2016, and a need to further develop the preliminary methodology towards ecologically justifiable LHFs was agreed upon.

Identifying best practices for using alternative funding for N2000 area management and determining ecologically cost-effective Low Hanging Fruits and systematic improvement approaches enable participants from different countries to plan and establish effective twinning projects and to find sufficient funding mechanisms that best support these projects and approaches.
Outline Programme:
(Please note that this is not yet the final programme)

Day 1, 25 September 2017
Opening words.

Thematic twinning (Kristijan Čivić, Eurosite).

10:00 - 18:00
Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
1) 10:00 - 13:00
Habitat banking and ecological compensations  (Chair TBD)
Plenary 1, Ecological compensations - operative decisions, Professor Atte
Moilanen (University of Helsinki)

  • Paul Leadbitter (North pennines AONB Partnership): UK experiences of habitat banking in practice;

  • Olli Ojala (Finnish Environment Institute): boreal habitats' suitability for ecological compensation;

10:30  Coffee break

  • Anne Tolvanen (SER Europe): alternative land-use options for degraded peatlands;

  • Corporations' motivation for compensations.

13:00 - 14:30         LUNCH

2) 14:30 - 17:30
Innovative Funding Mechanisms for Natura 2000 Areas (Chair TBD)
Plenary 2

  • EIB: promoting Natural Capital through investment financing;

  • Eurosite Economics and Ecosystem Services working group representative: Ecosystem services as an opportunity to finance biodiversity conservation in protected areas;

16:00 Coffee break

  • Dr. Katja Arzt (EUROPARC Deutschland): funding strategies of parks to enhance their financial support from the private sector in order to protect nature - the German experience;

  • Liisa Kajala (Metsähallitas Parks & Wildlife Finland): local socio-economic impacts of national parks.

17:30 - 18:00
Summary of key points, findings, and/or identified challenges.

18:00 - 19:00
Haltia visitor centre introduction.

Eurococktail (at the Haltia visitor centre).

21:00 - 22:00
Shuttle transport back to Hotel Nuuksio.

Day 2, 26 September 2017
09:00 - 12:00
Parallel sessions:
- Annual General Meeting for Eurosite members;
- Favourable Conservation Status workshop (hosted by Aulikki Alanen, Finnish Ministry of Environment).

10:30  Coffee break

12:00 - 13:00          LUNCH

13:00 - 16:00
Field trip: Nuuksio National Park, start from Haltia visitor centre.

16:00 - 19:00
Hotel Nuuksio activities (at own expense) and Twinning.

Eurosite Economics and Ecosystem Services working group and Wetlands and Climate Change working group meeting (Hotel Nuuksio meeting room).

19:00          DINNER (Hotel Nuuksio)

Day 3, 27 September 2017

09:00 - 15:00
Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process: thematic networking event
A full-day workshop focusing on identifying ecologically justified Low Hanging Fruits.

09:00 - 09:15
Importance of prioritisation - Commission views.

09:15 - 09:40
Local versus Global level prioritisation results (Atte Moilanen)

09:40 - 10:00
Low Hanging Fruits in Belgium

10:00 Coffee break

10:00 - 11:00
LHFs from analyses in Finland - comparing approaches (Prof. Janne Kotiaho, University of Jyväskylä / Finnish Restoration Prioritisation Project)
Restoration and Management Prioritarisation for Parks & Wildlife Finland - National and EU perspectives (Dr. Santtu Kareksela, Metsähallitus).

11:00 - 12:00
LHFs analysed from the data delivered by Boreal Member States; comparison to the earlier LHF model introduced in Vilnius (Dr. Santtu Kareksela).

12:00 - 13:30          LUNCH

13:30 - 15:00
How to proceed & discussion (Dr. Santtu Kareksela, Kristijan Čivić & Neil McIntosh, ECNC)

  • Realism & Relevance

  • EU/Boreal analysis

  • Resource allocation between national priorities and EU-level LHFs

  • How to proceed?

Please read the terms and conditions before registering for the Eurosite Annual Meeting and the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process thematic networking event. Registration deadline: 10 september 2017.

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Eurosite Annual Meeting venue:

Haltia - The Finnish Nature Centre, Nuuksiontie 84, 02820 Espoo, Finland.

Haltia is located roughly 30 kilometres from Helsinki city centre and 17 kilometres from the centre of Espoo. You can reach the Nature Centre by public transport, bicycle, car or by hiking. Read more

Haltia is a new type of visitor centre, bringing all of Finland’s nature under one roof and closer to the visitor through both the building’s facilities and its stunning exhibitions. Nature from all over Finland can be experienced in the Helsinki region!

Eurosite member Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland are in charge of Haltia’s activities and operations.

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Information concerning participation costs are explained in the registration terms & conditions.


A deal was made with the hotel Nuuksio: participants can by email book a room at this hotel with a small discount when mentioning Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland. The hotel will also be the pick up place for transport to the event location, the Haltia visitor centre.

Hotel address:
Naruportintie 68

Phone +358 9 867 971
Fax +358 9 8679 7455

In case the hotel is fully booked, hotel 'Lepolampi' is also in the area.
Hotel address:
Kivilammentie 1
02820 Espoo

Phone: +358 (0)10 324 4840