In collaboration with the Committee of Regions
Natura 2000 in numerous regions and cities' surroundings includes nature and semi-natural landscapes, which characterise the natural and cultural heritage of a region or city. An increasing number of regions, cities and their citizens see this as a source of their regional identity and pride, and as an opportunity for promoting territorial cohesion.
The session will present best practice examples of how European local and regional authorities use their Natura 2000 sites to promote a regional identity in a modern way, as an instrument to revive the relationship between people’s individual well-being and their environment and between rural and urban society, as a platform for cooperation and citizens’ joint commitment to the region in which they live, and as a valuable asset for their region's image and economy.
The session constitutes the 5th meeting of the European Committee of the Regions/European Commission Joint Technical Platform for Cooperation on the Environment, which aims to promote solutions for better implementation of EU environment law.
Roby Biwer, rapporteur of the European Committee of the Regions' contribution to the fitness-check of Birds/Habitats Directives, Member of Bettembourg Municipal Council and President of natur&ëmwelt NGO, Luxemburg