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BKlemar Feb 21, 2019 04:12 PM
Conservation and protection issues on Open urban streams as green infrastructure and biodiversity oases in highly dense urban environment
Hello! I'm writing from Zagreb Croatia, a city still rich in natural green infrastructure such as open urban streams. They are still not polluted and rich in wildlife such as fish, birds, frogs etc and are also intensely used as public green areas, pathways (along the steam banks).
The current politics is not so much sustainability and bio diversity friendly, and there is a big risk of closing the open streams, and turning them into roads. There are many NGOs trying to overturn and change this kind of thinking but we need the help of EU institutions in our work also.
My questions are:
1. Is there any legal basis for protection of this kind of areas – urban green infrastructure – non-Natura area but still rich in urban wildlife?
2. Are there any good practice examples in the EU?
Any kind off information would help.
Best regards,

Barbara Klemar
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EEA Feb 28, 2019 10:18 AM
Dear Ms. Barbara Klemar,

Thank you very much for your interest in the European Environment Agency.

There is no no legal base on this matter. Green Infrastructure stems from the Biodiversity strategy (http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm) and the Green Infrastructure Strategy and Policies available at http://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm.) From the urban point of view, we may invite you to have a look at the EU Urban Agenda (https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/urban-agenda), even though it has no legal basis.

In order to collect good practice examples on Green Infrastructure, we may suggest you to consult :

a. ‘Sustainable Use of Land - Nature based solution partnership’ under the Urban Agenda , which is widely acknowledged and presents many best practices. (https://www.uia-initiative.[…]land-nature-based-solutions)
b. EU Research Projects financed under Horizon2020 (https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/h2020-sections-projects) or LIFE+ (https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/life) . In particular, the results of the GREEN SURGE project might be of interest: https://greensurge.eu/.
c. JRC Report on Enhancing Resilience of Urban Ecosystems through Green Infrastructure (EnRoute) : http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/[…]/enrouteinceptionreportfinal.pdf
d. Projects to be funded by the Urban Innovative Actions with a focus on Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions in an urban context. Selection procedure is still underway.
e. Proceedings from the 2nd European urban green infrastructure conference at the end of 2017 can give a good insight into the GI in an urban context. Please see https://iale.uk/2nd-europea[…]n-infrastructure-conference for contacts.
f. Examples can also be found on the Oppla (https://oppla.eu/) and climate-adapt (https://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/) databases.
g. Please also check the following report: https://www.eea.europa.eu/[…]/green-infrastructure-and-flood-management where examples of green solutions are illustrated for cost-efficient flood risk reduction.

We hope that this information will be useful.
With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
BKlemar Aug 07, 2019 11:18 PM
Thank you for your very informative answer. It was great help.
I do have a followup question.
What is the procedure for protecting a habitat of a protected species out side the boundaries of the Natura 2000 area?
 
Best regards
Barbara Klemar
BKlemar Aug 07, 2019 11:18 PM
Thank you for your very informative answer. It was great help.
I do have a followup question.
What is the procedure for protecting a habitat of a protected species out side the boundaries of the Natura 2000 area?
 
Best regards
Barbara Klemar
EEA Aug 08, 2019 09:56 AM
Dear Ms. Barbara Klemar,

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA).

We would suggest you to consult the DG Environment webpage on the Habitats Directive at https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm. It outlines where to find the list of protected species under the Habitats Directive and states that these should be protected whether they live within or outside Natura 2000 sites. You may also find the links to EU specific guidances and action plans to support the correct implementation of the Directive's provisions.

More about species protection can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/[…]/index_en.htm.

We hope that this may be useful for you.

With kind regards,
EEA Enquiry Service
 
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