How do we promote Natural capital and biodiversity protection?

European GreenBelt Conference

  • co-organising of European GreenBelt conference & networking events - participation and presentation of Greenways activities at Pan-European conference on GreenBelt in Slavonice (CZ)
  • international week long bicycle ride organized by EPA partners along the GreenBelt/Iron Curtain from Sopron/Bratislava/AT/CZ to Slavonice to celebrate the GreenBelt conference and 25th anniversary of the fall of Iron Curtain
  • participation in GreenBelt meetings 2014


European Tree of the Year

  • organising of Biodiversity awareness raising pan-European campaigning by means of  European Tree of the Year - organizing the contest at national levels in all participating countries, on-line voting for the European tree of the year among the winners of the national Tree of the Year contest in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, France, Poland, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • organizing award ceremony in Brussels, attracting important stakeholders from EU policy makers, think-tanks, NGOs, politicians and general public as well. An important step forward is to attract more member states and connected campaigns to participate in the contest, rising awareness of the European public about the importance of biodiversity.
  • The Environmental Partnership Association is happy to see the Tree of the Year family growing. And we are so proud that this 16 year Czech born baby, already European teenager, is from the initially local initiative expanding little by little around the world. In 2016 the Asian Tree of the Year started in Sri Lanka, and was introduced at the Award Ceremony in Brussels. In 2017, India, Nepal, Malaysia and Singapore have joined Sri Lanka into the competition, which aims to kick-start the conversation about the necessity of safeguarding biodiversity heritage. In Quebec, Canada, a survivor American elm has been crowned “Quebec Tree of the Year 2016”: it that has gone through tornados and ice storms, but still stands majestically in the middle of picnics, weddings and family meetings. In Australia, a giant Mountain Ash tree located in the Toolangi State Forest in Victoria has win over the 9 tree contestants. The contest has been organized in 2016 for the first time by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), with the aim of raising awareness for the conservation of Victoria’s natural heritage and the benefits that significant trees provide. The Russian Tree of the Year 2016-17 is running also for the first time: 12 trees have been chosen by a commission of experts taking into account their natural and cultural significance. The winning tree will participate in the 2018 European Tree of the Year. The organisers are happy to contribute to the popularization of the preservation of old trees by being part of the European Tree of the Year family. Our aim at the Environmental Partnership Association is to make the Tree of the Year a globally recognised brand, promoting the world’s natural attractions: its trees. 
 


Green Spaces action programme

  • implementation of concrete biodiversity improvement measures by means of Green Spaces action program - to promote the creation of green spaces in urban and rural areas to affect micro-climates to adapt to global warming by means of support of community best action of tree planting and tree treatments (micro-grant schemas & expert assistance).
 

Green Entrepreneurship programme

Support of investments for environment by means of Green Entrepreneurship program - social enterprise incubation by means of three year training, assistance and small start-up grant programme developed in Romania and investigation of its spread into other CCE countries (Feasibility study for development of the program in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic), incl. establishment of cooperation with ASHOCA network.