Celebrating Biodiversity Governance (BioGov)

Participatory governance to improve natural and cultural heritage policies.Participatory governance focuses on stakeholder cooperation; governance structure, size and scope of the multistakeholder partnership, and number of stakeholders influencing policies varies according to regional context.

Funded by: European Union/European Regional Development Fund

Project Duration: 2018 - 2022 (4 years)

Budget: 78.358 Euro

Project Objectives

Develop and improve regional policies for natural heritage and biodiversity conservation in complementary European policy contexts through new forms of participatory governance.

In BIOGOV, the partners will apply, monitor and share about similar principles of engaging stakeholders and facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs). These principles are: embrace systemic change, transform institutions, work with power, deal with conflict, communicate effectively, promote collaborative leadership, foster participatory learning.

BIOGOV partners will document their methodological lessons on these key principles and share insights as best practice narrative during interregional meetings, with stakeholders and policy makers and online.

Sub-objectives include:

To identify methods and tools for broad stakeholder support for policy plans for natural heritage and biodiversity conservation.

To develop concrete action plans for regional policies for natural heritage and biodiversity conservation.

To design and implement the project in such a way that collaborative leadership and peer learning emerges among partners.

Partner responsabilities

Self-defined performance indicators targeted for each policy the partners adress:

a) Province of Fryslân improves the Provincial Development Framework through improved governance and new policy instruments that encourage Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships as a new priority. It targets 20 % of Frisian rural areas with biodiversity targets where participatory governance is applied.

b) The Flemish Land Agency aims to develop the framework for the ‘compensation for services’ through participatory approach. This will include financial means to implement the tool leading to improved governance at landscape level. It will be implemented in the port area of Antwerp and in a Land development project with commons governance near Bruges. It targets 20 % of area with biodiversity measures under 'Compensation for services' in Flemish port area / near Bruges.

c) ADEPT Transylvania Foundation and Mures Environmental Protection Agency aim for structural change in the management of policy instrument 4.1.D of the Large Infrastructure Operational Program towards a funding scheme that includes participatory governance with regard to ecological corridors outside protected areas. The target is 2000 hectares of ecological corridors outside protected areas in Mureș county under participatory governance for biodiversity conservation.

d) The Institute of Territorial Studies Galicia aims for a structural change in the management of the Regional OP Galicia towards a funding scheme that includes participatory governance and collective management of green infrastructures linking Natura 2000 areas, ecological corridors and other areas. The target is 2 Landscape Action Plans on forest and pastures zones as green infrastructures endorsed by stakeholders applying collective criteria.

e) County Administrative Board of Västra Götal intends to develop new management plans for existing nature reserves leading to higher biodiversity. The target is 69% of the area within the existing nature reserves in the Valle area that is brought under governance of participatory management plans.

f) The Slovenian Forestry Institute will focus on the implementation of participatory governance to aid preparation of forest management plans, and consequently forested Natura 2000 sites, over the whole territory of the country. This action plan will be endorsed by SFI as the main national adviser on forestry and forest biodiversity to become an obligatory and regular part of preparation of forest management plans as a best practice. The target is 2 forest management plans prepared using participatory governance

g) The Marshal's Office of Lodzkie Region aims to improve the Regional Operational Programme for the Lodzkie Region through the creation of a catalogue of possible initiatives which will be used by the project stakeholders to improve local and regional policies for the benefit of the whole regional community. It will document 7 good practices of participatory biodiversity governance that can improve the implementation of the Regional Operational Programme for the Lodzkie Region.

h) The Bulgarian Management Association will improve the OP "Environment". IP6d: Protecting and restoring biodiversity and soil and promoting ecosytem services including through Natura 2000 and green infrastructure through new projects resulting from improved governance based on the participation of stakeholders to jointly address the problems related to nature protection. It targets 2 Natura 2000 management plans to be developed with protected area managers, public authorities, land owners and communities in Blagoevgrad province.

Project Updates

  • Begining of July 2018 - Kick off meeting held in Leeuwarden, Netherlands with all the project partners establishing the next actions to be followed.

Managing Body & Contact

Răzvan Popa

Technical Director

Tel: 004 (0) 752 264 592

Our Partners

Biodiversity conservation and community development in Transylvania