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  1. Financing Natura 2000Progress with PAFs and wider MFF debate Habitats Committee Brussels, 25 April 2013

  2. PAF: state of play and follow-up • PAFs received from 15 MS (AT, BE Wallonia, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FR, HU, IE, IT (5 regions) NL, RO, UK); other expected. • Assessment and quality check by Nature Unit: • Completeness; • Up-to-date; • Part F and G – the most important; • Level of detail sufficient for the OPs.

  3. A. Introductory overview of Natura 2000 network for territory • Prefilled by the Commission • MS updated and developed information • Missing information in some PAFs

  4. B. Status of the habitats and species • Data prefilled by the Commission; • MS updated and added information; • Problems with bird data: no data or data based on different methodologies (national censuses, common farmland bird indexes, red lists etc.). • Occasionally explanation of the trends, diagnosis of problems, proposals for actions.

  5. C. Legal and administrative provisions for Natura 2000 sites • Overview of legal and administrative framework; • Progress with management planning and establishment of conservation objectives; • Info on relevant plans and initiatives: species action plans, sectoral plans (e.g. forestry, agriculture, energy, river management plans); • Info missing in some PAFs.

  6. D. Overview of financing of the Natura 2000 network in 2007-2013 • MS provided info on financing under different funds; • Difficult to aggregate data: • different currencies; • figures oftenpresented for wholecategoriese.g. agri-env (not clear how much for N2000); • different categories of appropriations: allocations, contracting levels, spending levels etc.; • national co-financing: presented separately or together with EU funds allocations; • Valuable comments under 'lessons learnt and obstacles encountered'.

  7. EAFRD major contributor to N2000: • agri-env payments (214) – key source of financing; • N2000 payments (213) and forest N2000 payments (224) – used to a smaller extent – initiation of payments often delayed; • other relevant categories: non-productive investments (216, 227), forest-env measures (225), preparation of management plans (323); • ERDF, CF: • category 51 directly relevant for N2000 • categories 55, 56 indirectly relevant for N2000 • EMFF • LIFE • National and internationalfunding

  8. E. Estimate of financial needs for management of Natura 2000 • Figures from 2008 or updated; • Differentapproach in the PAFs- break-down of costs vs. general categories; • Costestimatessometimespresentedseparately for sectors (agri, env, fish etc.). • At this stage too early to give an update of the overall cost of N2000 network in the EU.

  9. F. Conservation priorities for 2014-2020 • Different approach among the MS: • Thorough analysis of priorities (e.g. based on conservation status) vs. maximalistic approach (shopping lists) • Measurable and quantifiable targets vs. general targets • National priorities (e.g. based on national red lists) vs. European priorities (habitats and species for which the MS have particular responsibility) • In manycaseslack of clearprioritisation; • In somecasesimportantgaps (e.g. birds).

  10. G. Conservationmeasures • Different approach among the MS: • Detailed vs. general • Specific habitats and species vs. generic (forests, grasslands, marine sites etc.) • MS level vs. regional level • Fund specific vs. funds unspecified • Serious efforts to look for synergies with climate and growth and jobs agenda vs. "business as usual" nature conservation • Same measures under different categories (double counting?).

  11. Conlusions • PAFs prepared for the 1st time; • Different quality: most are complete and acceptable but some miss key information; • Better prioritisation would be useful; • The same for clearer targets for 2020; • Conservation as a driver for wider socio-economic benefits – generally analysis missing.

  12. MFF update: • EAFRD: • Triloges (budget and scope) • Commissionposition: at least 25% of RD to env measures: agri-env, organic, (N2000?); • Draft OP template: possible ref. to Natura 2000 and PAFs: e.g. SWOT, description of measures, and indicators. • ERDF/CF • Trilogues (thematicconcentration) • Earmarking for non-envpriorities • Draft templates for OPs – caninclude N2000 • LIFE • Proposed budget of €3.6 billion; but cutspossibledue to EU budgetcapping (EP and some MS against) • Outstanding issues: national allocations, co-financing rates and earmarking for nature and biodiversity, adoption of multiannual work programmes as implementing acts vs. delegated acts.

  13. Contact: Przemyslaw.Oginski@ec.europa.eu For more information, please consult: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/index_en.htmhttp://ec.europa.eu/environment 13