Voluntary Stakeholder Agreements as a Basis for a NATURA 2000 Management Plan
Detailed description of the Good Practice
Greifswalder Bodden is an area of high value within the European Ecological Network Natura 2000. However, the idea of environmental protection is in conflict with the angling and water sports activities that are a significantly growing trend in the area. Co-operation between stakeholders was started to combine the conflicting issues in a sustainable way. The project resulted in voluntary but binding agreements for the use of the NATURA2000 area. They include e.g. restrictions on the use of sport or fishing boats and setting speed limits & minimum distances from ecologically valuable zones.
Objectives of the Good Practice
To secure and if possible to improve the good conservation status of Greifswalder Bodden via a binding voluntary agreement between users, government and conservation NGOs for a sustainable management of the NATURA2000 area, to implement it into practice and to transfer it into an official management regime. Regulation of sea-uses applying a stakeholder involvement approach.
Timeframe: Process started in 2000 and went into implementation phase from summer 2004 on.
Participants of the Good Practice
- WWF Germany: facilitator
- Environmental Ministry of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Angling Association of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Angling Association of Northwest Mecklenburg
- Office of the Rügen National Park
- Rowing Association of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Canoe Association of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
- Support Association of the Boddenlandschaft National Park
Target group of the Good Practice
Stakeholders, the environment
Funding of the Good Practice
European Union by Interreg IIIb
Environmental Lottery “BINGO”
More Details of the Good Practice
Rules of the game
•Openness for a fair and truly partnership-based process
•Early involvement of stakeholders in design and implementation of the project
•Willingness by all partners to commit time and ideas
•Awareness that a solution will in many cases be a compromise to suit both conservation and user interests
•Willingness to accept commonly agreed results
•Once agreed upon, the results e.g. management plans are valid and binding for all partners
Documentation and documents
Data sources and references
Sources also as attached files.
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