On 24 June 2016 EU, national and regional policymakers joined the raw materials sector in Pamplona to discuss compatibility between extraction activities and Natura 2000 sites. One of the key highlights of the discussion was ways in which the various actors can work together to ensure that economic activities can be undertaken whilst at the same time managing and conserving biodiversity.
The day was organised by the main organisations representing the extractive sector in Spain, notably MAGES, COMINROC, ANEFA, AFA de Navarra and AINDEX. Daniel Calleja Crespo, European Commission Environment Director, introduced the 150 people present to the EU legislation which is applicable to the sector in Natura 2000 areas, with a particular focus on the compatibility between generating economic growth through extraction activities and preserving the environment. He also underlined the importance of the extractive industry in terms of the social and economic opportunities it provides to local communities, primarily in rural areas.
A wide range of stakeholders were invited to participate in a panel debate, offering participants the opportunity of gaining an insight into the views of industry, policymakers and NGO's.
A full report in Spanish is available from here