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NEWS: REFIT Conference, Brussels, 20.11.2015

As a part of its Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT), the EU Commission is currently undertaking an evaluation ("Fitness check") of the Birds and Habitats Directives. A report on the state and outcome of the fitness check was presented and the opportunity for final inputs was provided during a conference for invited participants in Brussels on November 20th (see link here).

The ELO was represented by CLA’s Christopher Price, who had a pragmatic speech on the efficiency of EU nature legislation. (you can watch it here)

Our main take home message was the widespread recognition that we can't deliver on nature without doing far more to engage with landowners.

What’s next? Study findings and conference conclusions will feed into EC report that will end the Fitness check exercise.



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The deadline for the Natura 2000 Award has been extended for two weeks !


The deadline for the Natura 2000 Award has been extended for two weeks. Get your applications in now!

The European Commission’s Natura 2000 Award, which honours leading nature conservation achievements, remains open for applications. The call for applications will now close on 15 December 2015. Three weeks to go until time runs out…   

Winning a Natura 2000 Award is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about your work on Natura 2000. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to the Award ceremony in Brussels where the Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella will present the winners with their prizes. Winners will also receive support in organising an event in their Member State.

Previous winners have appreciated the benefits of promoting their activities both on the European level and nationally. Increasing their profile with politicians, stakeholders and others working on Natura 2000 sites has been a significant help to them in reaching their aims.

We would greatly appreciate your support in raising the profile of the Award and reaching out to all those involved in the Natura 2000 network. We count on you to spread the word so as wide a range of potential applicants as possible are informed and encouraged to apply.

For more information on how to apply, please consult the website:

For specific questions/suggestions, please contact the Natura 2000 Award Secretariat:
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Promoting a prosperous and attractive European countryside.

The ELO's national constituent organizations in the enlarged European Union and in the Candidate Countries represent millions of landowners throughout Europe. The ELO seeks to develop European solutions to the challenges which will face European decision-makers in the years to come, in particular now that the European Union has welcomed ten new Member States. At the same time the ELO, supported by its Secretariat in Brussels, is best placed to advise on draft European legislation which affects those who live and work in the countryside.
For ELO, Carbon Sequestration has to be rewarded in accordance with its significant contribution to emission reduction targets. This is why ELO and the CLA, together with the University of East Anglia, launched a research project called CLIO, Climate Limitations Impacts and Options, monitoring the greenhouse gas impact of land management activities. This in turn led to the creation of the CLA CALM calculator. CALM means Carbon Accounting for Land Managers. A web-based version was created jointly by the CLA and Savills Research with funding from East of England Development Agency, this calculator helps land managers work out the balance of greenhouse gases emitted by their farming business, and carbon stored in their trees and soil