Title ECONAT: Transfer, dissemination and consolidation of a good practise model to manage Natura 2000 Network.
Project Number 2011-1-ES1-LEO05-35967
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The ECONAT project is a LdV - TOI Project, that is being developed within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme and with a total lifetime of 21 months.
It intends to transfer the results of a previous project that was developed as Thematic Network within the previous LdV Programme: NATURA-NET: Management of Natura Network 2000, training towards a new professional profile.
The main results that will be transferred within the ECONAT project are:
• The Natura 2000 Network Manual and Didactic Guide of the previous NATURA-NET project, that intended to inform the users and target groups, about the employment possibilities related to the management of the Natura 2000 Network areas.
• The Natura 2000 Network Management Curricular Design, which intended to be a training material useful on this topic.
• The Work-linked Practices Guide “Natura 2000 Network”, which intended to be a complementary training material useful on this topic.
Project Goals: 1. Transfer a new professional ability to have access to the needs of labour market in relation with the management of EU Natural Environments and the Natura 2000 Network, using the results of the Natura-Net project. 2. Adapt the contents of the tools to be transferred to new socio-cultural and linguistic contexts and to the needs of the target users. 3. Promote the integration of the new learning within labour activity. 4. Maximise the involvement of all the actors in the sector. 5. Promote the equal opportunity principle in the work areas.
Characteristics of the consortium: The Association has experience in transnational cooperation projects. It has been constituted with 6 partners from 5 countries in order to achieve a wide transfer of the project and contribute to its enrichment.
General description of the results: 1. Adapt the transferred products to the needs of the groups in every country and translate them into the languages of the partners. 2. Implement a Testing Action with 8 students and a final assessment carried out by a training technician in every country in order to verify the validity of the transfer. 3. Elaborate and edit the project products starting from the adaptation of the transferred products. 4. Organise dissemination actions in every partner country. 5. Elaborate a multilingual Website as a working tool between partners, target groups & trainers. 6. Elaborate 4 Internet informative newsletters to promote the information and the impact. 7. Elaborate a multilingual brochure to contribute to the project dissemination. 8. Sign adhesion letters to achieve the participation of entities and social agents in the project.
Foreseen short-term impact: Awareness, qualification and access to employment. Promote multidisciplinary teamwork to help continuous training processes. Supersede professional and social barriers when accessing to employment. Validate the transferred experiences in the countries of the Association.
Foreseen mid & long term impact: Favour the transfer to promoters, entities & social agents from other countries; improve the individual competences of the target groups; facilitate the elaboration of a framework for the dissemination and transparency of the transferred formative model.
With the advent of the White Paper on Growth, Competitiveness and Employment, the area of the New Sources of Employment has been configured as an innovative framework to address the problem of unemployment and training. The population ageing, the abandonment of rural areas by young people and the lack of innovation are the reasons for the decline of many villages in the countries involved in the project and in Europe.
Article 3 of the Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the Conservation of Natural Habitats and of Wild Fauna and Flora proposes “the creation of a European ecological network of special conservation areas, called Natura 2000 Network”. The objective of this Network is to contribute to the maintenance of biological diversity through the conservation of natural habitats and the species of wild fauna and flora of Community interest in the context of a sustainable development.
On the other hand, the high rate of unemployment in the following groups: social outcasts 43%, rural women 26%, physically disabled people 21%, unqualified young people 29%, the lack of entrepreneurial initiatives, the difficulties for an specific professionalization and the low adaptability to changes in the rural areas, are aspects to be addressed from the ECONAT project. This project aims to analyse and disseminate good practices in relation to the sustainable management of the Natural Areas and the Natura 2000 Network, supporting training and labour insertion for the target groups. In fact, the project contributes to achieve the generic objectives defined at the Lisbon and Barcelona Council meeting and to the specific priorities set by the Copenhagen Declaration.
In addition, the Transnational Association, an expert in activities related to rural development within the so-called “Europe of Knowledge”, through various Rural Development Programmes, Local Agenda 21 and Dissemination Plans, has confirmed the lack of European training itineraries related to the sustainable management and development of the Natura 2000 Network, an emerging activity with great potential to create employment in rural areas and improve the capacity of labour insertion in depopulated areas with the highest rates of unemployment.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Other Service Activities
Information and Communication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
General description of the results:
1. Adapt the transferred products to the needs of the groups in every country and translate them into the languages of the partners.
2. Implement a Testing Action with 8 students and a final assessment carried out by a training technician in every country in order to verify the validity of the transfer.
3. Elaborate and edit the project products starting from the adaptation of the transferred products.
4. Organise dissemination actions in every partner country.
5. Elaborate a multilingual Website as a working tool between partners, target groups & trainers.
6. Elaborate 4 Internet informative newsletters to promote the information and the impact.
7. Elaborate a multilingual brochure to contribute to the project dissemination.
8. Sign adhesion letters to achieve the participation of entities and social agents in the project.
• Minutes of the Transnational Sessions
• Project Evaluation Report
• Project Final Report
• Testing actions and Evaluation of them
• New Joint Curricular Design and Work-linked Practices Guide
• General Good Practice Guide Natura 2000 Network
• Informative brochure of the project
• Website of the project
• Informative Newsletters
• Adhesion Letters