Some not so depressing news from the EU

Almost all Europeans say protecting the environment is important to them

Three years on from the most recent similar Eurobarometer survey, it is clear that, despite the economic crisis, Europeans’ concern about the environment has not diminished. In an overwhelming consensus, 95 % of the 28.000 interviewed citizens said that protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be done.

Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said: “It is good to see such solid and widespread support for the protection of the environment, even in difficult times. People are particularly concerned about air and water pollution, chemicals and waste, and they feel that more must be done by everyone to protect the environment.”

Further information

The Eurobarometer survey can be found HERE

Information on the Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment can be found HERE

some (depressing) news from the EU

The new EU commissioner for the Environment, Karmenu Vella, has been given the task of:

“Continuing to overhaul the existing environmental legislative framework to make it fit for purpose. In the first part of the mandate, I would ask you to carry out an in-depth evaluation of the Birds and Habitats directives and assess the potential for merging them into a more modern piece of legislation.

Download the full text describing the role and key task of our new EU commissioner for the Environment HERE.

Francis Turkelboom: Ecosystem services in participatory planning processes

Some lessons learned from participative projects using ecosystem service (ESS):

1. Build trust

2. Level playing field – but don´t forget: power imbalances exist everywhere!

4. Positive thinking

5. Out-of-box thinking

6. ESS-Valuation: Include all relevant ESS; compare ESS with same metrics.

6. Create common visions

7. System thinking helps to connect topics and issues

8. Link interventions with what stakeholders need

9. Plan you participative process carefully!

10. Be critical and self reflexive

and last but not least:

11. Have FUN and make the process enjoyable!