OF Nature Laws AND Directives
ENCA activities under this priority have focused on the Fitness Check of the Nature Directives.
The Nature Directives Fitness Check
In 2014, the Commission launch the Fitness Check of the EU Birds and Habitats Directive. This was launched as part of the REFIT programme.
The Commission evaluation led to the development of the Action Plan for nature, people and the economy, to improve the Directives 'implementation and boost their contribution towards reaching the EU's biodiversity targets for 2020'.
ENCA Members have engaged with the European Commission to discuss ENCA's support to delivery of the Action Plan for nature, people and economy.
These opportunities are being discussed and will be integrated into the ENCA Action Plan
The ENCA Statement on the EC Nature Directives Fitness Check
At ENCA-17 (2015, Helsinki, Finland) ENCA presented the ENCA Statement on the EC Nature Directives Fitness Check.
This considered the evidence submitted through the public consultation on the EU Nature Legislation Fitness Check.
Drawing on the collective knowledge of ENCA, the statement highlighted where the most significant improvements to implementation could be achieved. It recommended focusing on four core areas:
- improving guidance;
- enhancing cooperation at all levels;
- better use of funding mechanisms for biodiversity and Natura 2000, including avoiding the negative impacts on biodiversity from the use of EU funding instruments such as CAP, CFP, etc, and,
- building capacity in skills and experience.
The Statement is available below. Further documents related to this priority can be downloaded from the library by searching 'Nature Directives'