The European Nature Conservation Agency Heads Network

Welcome to the website of 'The European Nature Conservation Agency Heads Network' (ENCA). A network bringing together experience of nature conservation policy and implementation from across Europe and beyond. ENCA was established in 2007. To learn more about the network go to About ENCA.


European Nature Conservation Agencies Strategy 2017-2022


Nature in Europe is more resilient and secure, supporting abundant and diverse wildlife and contributing to the health and wellbeing of people.


The ENCA network enhances nature conservation in Europe and neighbouring countries by sharing and deploying its collective knowledge and experience of policy implementation, advice and natural resource management, and by supporting better informed and more coherent policy decisions.

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ENCA-22 Estonia May 2018

21-22 May 2018

ENCA-22 was hosted by Keskkonnaamet, the Estonian Environment Board, in Tallinn. The focus was 'Agri-environmental reform for enhancing biodiversity outcomes'. Speakers from DG Environment, the EEA and IUCN, presented alongside ENCA members on latest developments in Agricultural thinking and policy.

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ENCA-21 Lithuania October 2017

23-24 October 2017

The meeting was hosted by VSTT, the Lithuanian State Services for Protected Areas. The over-arching theme of the meeting was Protected Area and Natura 2000 Management. Presentations focused on novel approaches to governance and management of Protected areas from across Europe, with a special emphasis on defining Favourable Conservation Status.

The Programme included presentations from The European Commission, European Environment Agency (EEA) and the IUCN. Read more and access presentations here.

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ENCA 21 Presentation Spotlight

The IUCN Green List Standard

Ana Nieto, IUCN, presented the IUCN Green List standard. The standard was developed as a global benchmark for effective management and governance quality for protected and conserved areas. Green List status has been awarded to over 20 sites globally.

The LIFE Green list for N2K project has just launched (2017-2019), this is looking to adapt the standard for N2K sites, this will include research on the EU legislation, a consultation process, pilot phase at 20 sites, and report the necessary steps for implementation of the Green List in Europe.

ENCA Bulletin #2

The ENCA Bulletin is a biannual newsletter produced for the ENCA Members by the Secretariat. It reports recent activity, ENCA plenary and Troika discussions and promotes upcoming events.