Crossroads Biodiversity – From a LIFE Integrated Project to a pan-Alpine biodiversity agenda

30th Aug 2023

The international workshop Crossroads Biodiversity – From a LIFE Integrated Project to a pan-Alpine biodiversity agenda on 10-11 October 2023 in Milan, Italy. the workshop is organized by Regione Lombardia and ERSAF (the Regional Agency for Agriculture and Forestry) in cooperation with the Alpine Biodiversity Board of the Alpine Convention and Action Groups 6 (natural resources) and 7 (connectivity, green infrastructure) of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP). This onsite event (with streaming of selected sessions) will offer an opportunity to exchange on the results of the LIFE Integrated Project Gestire 2020 and be a chance to advance the biodiversity agenda of the Alpine region according to the Multiannual Action Programme of the Alpine Convention and EUSALP. The workshop is also a follow up to the first international workshop organized online by the Alpine Biodiversity Board on 17 April 2023, and will advance on the discussion on biodiversity strategies which was started then.

The objective of the workshop on 10-11 October 2023 is to share good practices and to define ways of cooperation for the biodiversity of the Alps Macro Region, starting from the national experience of the project Gestire 2020 and taking its results to the Alpine level and embedding it into the European context, including the recent approval of the EU Nature Restoration Law.

In the morning of October 10, 2023 we will discuss Nature 2000 in Lombardy and the contribution of Gestire 2020 to the conservation of protected areas and ecological connectivity. This session sets the ground for the rest of the workshops and is open to all participants. In the afternoon there will be a plenary session introducing the declaration which presents the biodiversity agenda for the Alps Marco Region. Throughout the workshop, the participants will elaborate on this document aimed for submission to a new European Parliament in the future. Further on, there will be parallel sessions to discuss the issues raised in the morning through an Alpine perspective. Herewith the participants will address biodiversity governance, conservation, restoration and monitoring, also encompassing the key topics of nature-based solutions and the contribution of business to nature. In the morning of October 11, 2023 the workshop will continue in plenary with more discussions, a synthesis of the outcomes of the parallel sessions of the previous day, the expression of intents for future cooperation and the finalization of the participants' declaration.

The workshop offers a unique opportunity for exchange, learning and cooperation between some of the key Alpine and European players regarding biodiversity.

The workshop is organized as an official side event of the European Business & Nature Summit 2023, which will take place in Milan on 11-12 October 2023. Participants to the workshop are welcome to register also for this Summit.
Poster session on biodiversity experiences, for application:

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Palazzo Pirelli, Milan



Mon 9th Oct 2023