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Implementation of the EU's Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy


Implementation of the EU's Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy

The EU project "Implementation of the EU's Action Plan for nature, people and the economy" responds to the EU Nature Directives' Fitness Check and aims to contribute to the improvement of the Nature Directives implementation. It seeks to support the Commission in the delivery of specific sub-actions of the EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy under the Priority B 'Building political ownership and strengthening compliance'. The project is led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) and is supported by Ecologic Institute and the N2K Group EEIG composed of five companies from different European regions.


The Fitness Check of the EU Nature Directives (2016) revealed that though the Nature Directives are fit for purpose, substantial improvement of their implementation is still necessary for achieving their objectives and realising full potential. Responding to this, the EU Commission developed an EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy, which consists of numerous actions aimed to improve the implementation of the Nature Directives with a focus on coherence with socio-economic objectives and engagement with national, regional and local authorities, stakeholders and citizens. The present project relates to specific sub-actions under Actions 4, 5 and 7.

Main objectives

The overall objective of this project is to provide support to the Commission in the delivery of some of the sub-actions associated with three of the nature plan actions: Action 4, 5 and 7. Under this project, the following activities will be carried out:

  1. to prepare Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) notes on a) the links between the Nature Directives and the Nitrates Directive, b) the links between the Nature Directives and the Invasive Alien Species Regulation; and to promote the existing guidance documents;
  2. to build country profiles for each of the Member States on Natura 2000 sufficiency, Natura 2000 management, the overall strategy for reaching favourable conservation status, financing, implementation of Art. 6(3) and 6(4), knowledge, monitoring, online access to data necessary for implementing the Directives, and governance;
  3. to support the organisation of bilateral meetings and back to back meetings with stakeholders, and
  4. to draft two Habitat Action Plans as well as to promote and disseminate them.

Ecologics role in the project

Within this project, Ecologic Institute leads the activities related to the links between the Nature Directives and the Nitrates Directive as well as provides inputs on the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive, contributes to all marine issues, assists with cross-cutting issues on agriculture/CAP and biodiversity, and supports on promotion of the existing guidance documents. Furthermore, Ecologic Institute contributes to the preparation of country profiles (Germany, Slovenia, and Lithuania) and supports the organisation of bilateral and stakeholders meetings. It also assists with general data collation and analysis.

European Commission, Directorate-General Environment (DG Environment)
The N2K Group
Ecosystems, Belgium
December 2017 to June 2020
Project ID
Birds and Habitats Directives, Nature Directives, Nitrates Directive, Invasive Alien Species Regulation, Nature Plan, EU28, Natura 2000, governance, Habitat Action Plans , guidance documents, bilateral and stakeholders meetings, data collation, analysis, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, Europe