Cardiff: Integration of biodiversity funding into future Cohesion Policy

Against the background of the imperative to protect our natural diversity we are facing the challenge to finance management measures for our natural environment.

European funds provide different opportunities to complement the financing of national, regional and local nature conservation measures in the member states to preserve the precious natural assets and cultural landscapes. The European approach for financing of Natura 2000 suggests that all nature conservation measures must be integrated into all EU funds.The Environment Agency Wales is hosting the final SURF Nature conference in Partnership with Countryside Council for Wales (CCW).  Since 2010 the project has collected good practice information about Biodiversity and nature conservation.

This conference will present key policy recommendations on integrating biodiversity and nature into post-2013 EU programmes and be held in Cardiff on 27th September 2012.  The Conference is an important calendar event that will include a session by John Griffiths AM, the Welsh  Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and European Programmes, Alun Davies and a host of other EU, Welsh Government and Third sector dignitaries.

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