Monday, 31 October 2011

E-Learning course on CAP

For all interested to find out more about the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Groupe De Bruges is organizing a free online course on CAP's history and political context.
The course is targeted for students of agriculture, agricultural economy, rural sociology, agronomy etc. Participants can register starting from November 1st 2011.

For more info, see the brochure.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Training for building CSOs capacities on EU Nature- related policies

Our project's training took place from the 24th to the 28th of October in Grand Hotel, Valjevo, Serbia. Veronika Ferdinandova and Boris Erg from IUCN welcomed the participants and gave a brief introduction to the policies of focus.

The first day was centered around Ecological Networks, a concept presented by Lawrence Jones-Walters from ECNC. Ecological Connectivity was also discussed the second day together with Green Infrastructure, as well as the importance of EIA's and SEA's. Biotope held these sessions and also organized a role playing workshop that simulates the processes of EIA and SEA with participants acting as stakeholders. The third day was focused on NATURA2000 - concept, management and the general public. The following day Mark Redman spoke of the focal policy of DEM's part in the project, the Rural Development Policy and the CAP. There was a session about High Nature Value Farming as well as future policy developments, changes and new opportunities. Day 5 was set for an excursion to Valjevo mountains where participants would identify species and habitats and simultae the process of making a site of Community Importance or Special Protected Area.

DEM was present with participants from its member groups - Eko Misija and ED Zletovica,and participants came from other CSO's invited like Ekoskop, CEPROSARD, Greener Association for Green Society, Bivium, and Eko-Svest.

                                                   Workshop on HNV Farming in the Balkans
                                              NATURA2000 and Birds and Habitats Annexes

                                                            Field trip to Valjevo Mountains

Valjevo Mountains

Thursday, 6 October 2011

TRAINING INVITATION - Send your biographies! (deadline 14th of October, 2011)

For all those who are a part of an CSO working on the environment in Macedonia or the region:

We are pleased to announce that soon we will be holding a training workshop as a part of our project in collaboration with IUCN, "EU policies and strategies for the environment in Southeast Europe". This training will be held from 24th to 28th October and will take place in Valjevo, Serbia. Topics to be covered in this training are: the concept of Green Infrastructure, environmental impact assesment, NATURA2000 and regulations for rural development of the European Union.

The presence of CSO's is of particular importance to this training because they will be carriers of the message and future trainers in their countries.

If interested send a brief biography of your organization and answer the following:

1) Is your organization involved in the implementation / development of EU policies related to environment?
2) How will acquired knowledge from the training be transferred back into the organization?

For any details or questions, contact us.
Send your biographies to until Friday 14.10.2011.