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Sunday, 20 June 2010 21:33

Call for proposals for Polish beneficiaries: protection of natural areas against the excessive pressure from tourism

Sunday, 20 June 2010 21:33

The Polish Coordination Centre for Environmental Projects has announced a new call for proposals in the framework of the European Regional Development Fund under the Polish Operational Programme "Infrastructure and Environment”. The call for proposals is titled: "The construction or upgrading of infrastructure for securing protected areas from excessive and uncontrolled tourist pressure".

Examples of the eligible activities: the construction or upgrading of infrastructure for securing protected areas from excessive and uncontrolled tourist pressure in tourist routes, bicycle paths, trails, car parks, viewpoints, etc.

The call for proposals will be opened within the 07-06-2010 and 26-07-2010, 4:00 pm.

The amount provided for the call is 18 000 000 PLN.

For more information visit the website of the Polish Coordination Centre for Environmental Projects.


Contact person:

Beata Szczesniak

Centre for Coordination of Environmental Projects

Tel: +48 22/318 70 58, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ul. Bitwy Warszawskiej 1920 r. nr 3, 02 - 362 Warszawa


Invitation to the European Business and Biodiversity Platform

Sunday, 20 June 2010 21:23

The European Commission took the initiative to engage with businesses, from SMEs to
larger organizations, to set up a technical platform on Business and Biodiversity (B@B) in order to:

  •  Facilitate the business and biodiversity initiative;
  •  Develop with businesses and other stakeholders means to establish pro-biodiversity businesses;
  •  Help businesses find solutions to biodiversity challenges related to their activities ensuring a fair income and sustainable growth, while providing benefits for biodiversity and ecosystems;
  •  Encourage the development of consumer awareness with an EU wide award scheme, acknowledging the good practice of the best performing businesses.

The platform website was launched by the European Commission on 3 June, 2010. You can visit the website at:

The B@B platform aims at supporting all businesses integrating biodiversity into their core activities. The 6 following sectors have been prioritized by the European Commission for the first year (2010): agriculture, food supply industry, forestry, extractive industries, financial sector and tourism.

SMEs to larger companies from the sectors mentioned above and other interested parties such as biodiversity conservation NGOs and governments are invited to participate. If you wish to join the European B@B Platform, please forward your details: Company, Industry sector, Address, name, position, telephone and fax to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


BUSINESS TO NATURE – launch conference

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 22:31

The launch conference of the B2N Project – Interregional Approach to SMEs and Entrepreneurship in Natural Areas took place on the 18 -19 May 2010 in the Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw.

This vitally important event, co-financed by the Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, was organized by the Polish Tourism Development Agency (PART), the Lead Partner of the project. The conference was opened by Mrs Katarzyna Sobierajska – Under-secretary of State in the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, Mr Andrzej Saja – the President of the Board of PART and Mr Rafał Szmytke – the President of the Polish Tourism Organization.

More than 150 people from Poland and Europe participated in the conference, including representatives of ten B2N partner institutions from Bulgaria, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The conference was also attended by the representatives of the European Commission and Monitoring Committee of the Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC.

The conference concerned issues of sustainable entrepreneurship development, especially in the context of balancing business activity and nature preservation. Each of four panels was dedicated to different problems and moderated by top-class specialists and experts.

  1. Panel I “Local governments and institutions managing the natural areas” – dedicated to issues concerning proper management and disposal of natural areas by its owners.
  2. Panel II “Entrepreneurship in natural areas” – concerned the problem of running the business based on natural environment from the entrepreneurs' point of view.
  3. Panel III “Eco-innovation and EU tools to improve the environmental performance” – was dedicated to EU policy and eco-innovations.
  4. Panel IV “Sustainable development in natural areas from EU perspective” was dedicated to examples of European initiatives.


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Tuesday, 18 May 2010 20:57

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International Year of Biodiversity 2010


The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.