From 2010 to 2012, Forum Synergies and Global Nature Fund organised five common workshops related to participatory implementation strategies of environmental policies in lake areas, which took place in Estonia, Poland, Slovenia, Greece and France. The workshops were meant to empower civil society actors to contribute to participatory sustainable development, and should yield recommendations to local and EU governments about more participatory ways to implement environmental policies.
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Goals and Objectives
The workshops were organised in the framework of the project “Sustainable Development in Lake Areas”, which was supported by Fondation de France.
The general objective of the project was to support initiatives in sustainable development by exchange on good practice of participatory implementation and local sustainable development. The exchange should lead to capacity building of private actors, NGOs and local governments in environmentally sensitive areas.
The thematic workshops would contribute to the development of local democracy and to a more participative management of environmental resources, in order to fill the gap between European citizens and their institutions, and also via feed-back to decision makers to contribute to environmental and rural policies that better meet peoples’ need for participation.
The project’s objectives were
- to exchange experiences about different participatory implementation strategies of Nature 2000 and Water Framework Directive (WFD) in concerned rural areas
- to give local actors and authorities better access to practical knowledge about sustainable Nature 2000 and WFD implementation strategies via exchange with successful projects
- to develop political proposals to regional, state and EU governments to use the existing participatory options that are provided from EU-side in order to support sustainable development in rural areas.
The scientific partnership with University of Marburg / Germany assured that the project integrates political knowledge of integrated water body management.