WWF Greece, in the framework of the LIFE-IP 4 NATURA project and the latter’s action of stakeholders capacity building is organizing on Wednesday, June 30 at 10.00 a.m. the first webinar on the topic: “The legal framework for the biodiversity protection and Natura 2000 areas”. This seminar is the first in a series of seminars that will take place between June and July 2021.

The seminars are addressed to authorities and other institutions with competence in Natura 2000 area management and environmental permitting procedures. The participants come from the Attica Region, Crete Region, Eastern Macedonia Thrace Region, and the Decentralized Administration of Epirus – Western Macedonia (project partners), as well as from both the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Ministry of Rural Development and Food.

This first series of webinars focuses on the legal framework for the protection of biodiversity and Natura 2000 areas, discussing European and national legal framework. Each webinar is organized in two parts. The first part presents in detail the two nature directives, and the basic obligations arising for the Member States, in regards to Natura 2000 management. The webinar’s second part presents the provisions of the new environmental law 4685/2020 and the Greek national system of protected areas, management tools and governance.

These webinars are part of the training and capacity building programme coordinated and implemented by WWF Greece in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and other LIFE-IP 4 NATURA project partners. The design of the training and capacity building programme takes into consideration Natura 2000 stakeholder knowledge, opinions and training needs, which were recorded during the project’s preparatory actions. The programme design includes a variety of training and capacity building tools such as live seminars and webinars, an e-learning platform for asynchronous distance learning, and many other complementary tools in the framework of other LIFE IP 4 NATURA actions implementation.

The training and capacity building programme will be continued until the completion of the project (2025), and will address both competent authorities as well as users of Natura areas and the general public in our country.