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SCB Europe Section Policy Program

Welcome to the website of the Europe Section Policy Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology. In this space, we inform decision-makers as well as fellow conservation scientists and practitioners about who we are, how we work, what we do and about our achievements. We are glad to receive any questions and suggestions you may want to share with us


More on the Europe Section Policy Committee:


Our Mission


To use sound scientific evidence to advance understanding for and action towards improved nature conservation in the European policy arena. This mission includes European conservation policies in global contexts.
 

Members of the Policy Committee


Members of the Europe Section Policy Committee are from countries from across Europe. The map below represents the home countries (or countries of residence) of the members of the Policy Committee. Policy Committee members include:
  • Stefan Kreft (Germany)*
  • Ioan Manuel Ciumasu (Romania/France)
  • Martin Dieterich (Germany)
  • Peter Hobson (United Kingdom)
  • Pavel Kindlmann (Czech Republic)
  • Pierre Ibisch (Germany)
  • Vassiliki Kati (Greece)
  • Zdenka Krenova (Czech Republic)
  • Willem Laermans (Belgium)
  • Francisco Moreira (Portugal)
  • Guy Pe'er (Germany/Israel)
  • Nuria Selva (Poland/Spain)
  • Per Sjogren-Gulve (Sweden)
  • Teuta Skorin (Croatia)
  • Klaus-Peter Zulka (Austria)

*Chair of the Policy Committee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tasks

Provide for exchange with the public and decision makers without compromising the scientific rigor of an academic society. Maintenance of scientific rigor is not to be confused with retreat from public debate. Rather, outreach to the public and policy makers is needed to advocate for biological diversity and to implement scientific findings resulting from conservation biology research.
  1. Advocate for the inclusion of science into European biodiversity policy, decision-making and management, addressing specific cases on occasion
  2. Develop suggestions for new conservation policies
  3. Inform policy-makers
  4. Strengthen the relationships with political and administrative bodies as well as with other pertinent organizations
  5. Seek exchange with peer conservation scientists and practitioners
Read here about the related activities we are enrolling.
 

Meetings of the Policy Committee


The Policy Committee usually meets once per year to discuss policy issues and develop an operational plan for the following months. We also often use these opportunities to look at specific local conservation issues. Otherwise, our modus operandi is email, Skype etc. or ad-hoc meetings on occasion.
 
Excursion to Bialowieza National Park and a planning session at the annual meeting of the Policy Committee in 2014.

Chronicle of Annual Policy Committee Meetings

The Europe Section Policy Committee usually meets once per year to discuss policy issues and to develop an operational plan for the following months. We also often use these opportunities to look at specific local conservation issues. Otherwise, our modus operandi is email, Skype etc. or ad-hoc meetings on occasion.
 
2015 – Brussels and  ICCB-ECCB in Montpellier.
2014 – Białowieża, Poland (read the blog entry)
2013 – Eberswalde, Germany
2012 – Šumava, Czech Republic
2011 – Gent and Brussels, Belgium
2010 – Kirchheim, Germany
2009 – Eberswalde, Germany
2008 – Krakow, Poland
2008 – Brussels, Belgium
2007 – Uppsala, Sweden
2005 – Le Luc, France
2004 – Eberswalde, Germany