Geography and Environmental Science Lecturer advises Joint Nature Conservation CommitteeTuesday 29 November 2016
Paul Rooney, Deputy Head of Geography and Environmental Science, was invited by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to be a stakeholder expert at an EU meeting in County Clare, Ireland, for the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.
JNCC is the statutory adviser to the government and devolved administrations on UK and international nature conservation. Its work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity, conserving geological features and sustaining natural systems. JNCC is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The invitation to this EU meeting recognises Paul’s expertise in the conservation management of coastal sand dunes, and his work founding the Sand Dune and Shingle Network based in the Faculty of Science at Liverpool Hope University.
The purpose of the meeting was to help sharpen focus on the strategic targets to be achieved and contribute to meeting the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy objectives.
Specifically, the meeting identified and, where possible, agreed future practical management actions that are required to improve favourable conservation status of habitats of European conservation interest.
Paul said “It is an honour to be selected as an expert by the government’s adviser on nature conservation, and to represent the UK at this EU meeting.
"More importantly though, the invitation recognises the work completed by the members of the Sand Dune and Shingle Network over the last ten years to develop a conservation and scientific agenda to address the needs of these important and dynamic habitat types.
"At the meeting we presented a ‘dune roadmap’ that crystallized a plan of action for coastal dunes across the EU. Unfortunately, the immediate prospects for coastal dunes are not good, as evidenced by recent conservation assessments conducted by the EU through the member states. However, although the needs of coastal dunes are great, I am hopeful that the ‘dune roadmap’ will help to turn around the fortunes of these special places. Following some further discussion, the next step will be to take the actions forward at our ‘Littoral 2017’ international conference based at Liverpool Hope University 5-7th September 2017”.
Sand Dune and Shingle Network http://coast.hope.ac.uk/
Littoral 2017 conference http://www.hope.ac.uk/news/conferences/littoral2017/