The exceptional nature of the current circumstances required an unusual logistical deployment by our host, Günther Graf von der Schulenburg in order to comply with German health regulations. From the secretariat we would like to thank the efforts made to ensure that the event took place.
The Steering Committee met to update the situation in each country within the label and all the progress made thanks to the hard work of the national delegations. We were able to count on the physical assistance of the national delegations of Germany, France and Belgium. The rest of the members did so by telematic means. The scientific committee updated the changes that are being made within the current methodology to follow the guidelines of the new CAP along with new projects. The Wildlife Estates label is not only the largest European private certification but also the most updated. Konstantin Kostopolulos, the current director of the project, informed us of the current situation at a European level and the evolution of the different policies that will be adopted in the EU.
During the plenary session, 5 diplomas were awarded to the estates Forstrevier Basedow, Territory "Forstgut Bodenstein" on the estate "Forstbetrieb Wintzingerode", Forstgut Eickhof, Gut Basthorst and Frhr. Knigge'sche Miteigentümergemeinschaft which thanks to their inclusion in the label have increased the total area managed by the project by 5320 hectares.
The plenary session also saw the conference "Rewarding ecologial system performance as an exceptional chance for the Wildlife Estates" where MEP Lena Düpont gave an update on the current situation in the European Parliament, Professor Ernst Schulze explained the "Biodiversity and Forest Management A German view" in detail. The subsequent colloquium between Günther Graf von der Schulenburg, Susanne Wittig (Co-founder of Brainforest), Helmut Dammann-Tamke (UCD Parliamentary Party Leader) and Professor Ernst-Detlef Schulze highlighted the benefits of having an environmental label and what benefits the owners should get. Finally, Dr. Jurgen Tack (ELO Scientific Director) explained the advances of the LIFE (Land is forever) project where he explained the different tools used in the project to highlight the fundamental work of private owners in terms of environment and biodiversity.
As a culmination, a visit was made to the Biodiversity Project Bisdorf composed of waterlogged meadows, wet woodland fragments, shrub areas, hedgerows, dry grasslands and populations of wild pears and apples.