International seminar agenda and materials

European drivers for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Eastern Europe

Belarusian-Russian University, Mahilioŭ, Belarus, August 13-14, 2018

Background notes

The aim of the workshops is to discuss the state of the art in the development of EU biodiversity policies, and their external dimension (intended and unintended) in the context of the countries of Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP) (especially Belarus) and Russia. We will primarily explore the conventions of the Council of Europe:

-          European Landscape (Florence) Convention (not ratified by Belarus and Russia),

-          Berne Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats.

In addition, we are going to discuss the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), recognising its high potential for the promotion of good environmental governance.

We are going to explore, how the Conventions provide (or can provide in case of the Florence Convention) useful context for addressing the challenges faced by key stakeholders groups involved to biodiversity governance. We also take into account that the implementation of these conventions, as well as their potential to achieve the set targets is heavily contested by the stakeholders in Eastern Europe.

During the workshop we will examine, what are the challenges addressed (or expected to be addressed) by the Conventions, what are their perceived or expected impacts by various stakeholder groups, what agendas are persuaded, and how to make better use of the conventions and their institutions. We will also explore specific management and research tools promoted by the convention (e.g. mechanisms for the identification of Emerald network sites under the Berne Convention), and their relevance and utility in the Eastern European policy, management, physical planning and academic contexts.

In addition, we will discuss the EU Research and Innovation Policy on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) (European Commission, 2015), as a potential driver for innovative development in the fields, and also will try to identify other policies and mechanisms the EU has in place and that can be used for the promotion of quality landscapes, biodiversity conservation targets and sustainable livelihoods in Eastern Europe. This discussion will be closely related with the discussion on the Conventions, and it will provide space for highly specific local issues from peri-urban and urban contexts from across Eastern and Central Europe.

The key outcome of the workshop is a critical analysis of the EU (and EU-promoted) institutions that will be summarised in a policy brief, and discussed in a research papers.

Участники семинара

Shedule

August 13, 2018:

- 10.00 – registration and welcome coffee

- 11.00-11.30 – opening, welcoming addresses, introduction

Приветствие ректора БРУ И. Сазонова

Aarhus Convention for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Belarus, and its perspectives for Russia

co-chaired by Hanna Skryhan and Anton Shkaruba

- 11.30-12.10 – Keynotes on the Aarhus Convention:

 
О. Захарова, Орхусская конвенция в Беларуси 
С. Магонов 

- 12.10-12.50 – Panel discussion on the mechanisms and outcomes of the Aarhus process for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Belarus and perspectives for Russia

 А. Д. Шкарубо

Florence Convention: mechanisms for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

co-chaired by Massimo Sargolini and Mária Bihuňová

- 13.50-14.50 – Keynotes on the Florence Convention (20 min per talk):

 
 Д. Пунгар
 В. В. Киреев
  • Volodymir Rozhak – Florence Convention in Ukraine – what works and what does not
 В.П. Рожак, Институт экологии Карпат

- 14.50-15.20 – Panel discussion on the Florence mechanisms for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

 Дискуссия

Berne Convention: mechanisms for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

co-chaired by Kalev Sepp and Viktar Kireyeu

- 15.50-16.50 – Keynotes on the Florence Convention (20 min per talk):

 
 Н.А. Соболев, Институт географии РАН
  • Andrei AbramchukMarina Abramchuk – Development of the Emerald network in Belarus – coherence between Berne and national approaches and criteria
 М. Абрамчук
 Е. Шушкова
- 16.50-17.20 – Panel discussion on the Berne mechanisms for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

  Дискуссия

Дискуссия

Wrap-up session and conclusions

co-chaired by Kalev Sepp and Viktar Kireyeu

- 17.20-17.50 – Aarhus, Florence and Bern Conventions: what is their value for the EaP and Russia?

 Дискуссия

August 14, 2018:

Nature-based solutions and smart cities: policy context, objectives and challenges

co-chaired by Attila Katona and Agnieszka Karczmarczyk

- 10.00-11.00 – talks on policy and conceptual foundations (20 min per talk):

 
М. Хишемюллер, Университет Роттердама 
 К. Сепп, Эстонский университет естественных наук
 
- 11.30-12.00 – Panel discussion on science, management and policy of smart cities and NBS  Дискуссия

Nature-based solutions for smart cities in Europe – an overview

co-chaired by Olga Likhacheva and Ilenia Pierantoni

- 12.00-13.20 – talks on lessons learned (20 min per talk):

 И. Пиерантони и О. Лихачева
А. Катона, Центрально-Европейский университет 
 М. Бихунова, Словакский сельскохозяйственный университет в Нитре
 А. Карчмарчик, Варшавский сельскохозяйственный университет
 

- 14.10-14.40 – Panel discussion on NBS and smart city development experiences around Europe

Дискуссия

Governance of good urban and peri-urban landscapes – policy context in the EaP and Russia

co-chaired by Matthijs Hisschemöller, Iryna Usava and Nina Istomina

- 14.40-15.40 – talks on policy and management contexts and objectives (20 min per talk):

 
Е. Павлова, переводит на английский язык В.В. Киреев 
Н. Бобылев, Санкт-Петербургский университет 
 П. Кирюшин, Московский государственный университет
- 16.10-16.40 – panel discussion on options for NBS and smart cities in the EaP and Russia Дискуссия 

Wrap-up session and conclusions

co-chaired by Matthijs Hisschemöller, Attila Katona and Nikolai Bobylev

- 16.40-17.10 – European drivers for good landscape and biodiversity governance in Eastern Europe

Дискуссия 

Meeting of the editorial group

co-chaired by Anton Shkaruba and Kalev Sepp

- 17.10-18.00 – Discussions of policy conclusions and recommendations; perspectives of a scholarly paper