Investing in sm es within the natura 2000 network

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  • Liczba przedsiębiorstw, źródło EC Web ( http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sme/envoy_en.htm )
  • Liczba przedsiębiorstw, źródło EC Web ( http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sme/envoy_en.htm )
  • Liczba przedsiębiorstw, źródło EC Web ( http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sme/envoy_en.htm )
  • Investing in sm es within the natura 2000 network

    1. 1. Investing in SMEs within the Natura 2000 Network <ul><li>Zenon Tederko </li></ul><ul><li>The Polish Society for the Protection of Birds (OTOP) </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Day </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) </li></ul>
    2. 2. What is the BTAU Project? Biodiversity Technical Assistance Unit To create pro - biodiversity business in SME sector in Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary Project funded by EC DG Environment (2006 - 2010) Project implemented by Partners: RSPB, MME, OTOP, BSPB with ECNC Project Steering Committee: EC, EBRD and EIB
    3. 3. What are our project objectives? <ul><li>Support development of SMEs in the EU that contribute to EU sustainable development objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to long-term management of the Natura 2000 network by applying a PPP approach to create a new biodiversity investment market </li></ul><ul><li>To create the two instruments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Technical Assistance Units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Financing Facility </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>23 million enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>75 million jobs </li></ul><ul><li>57% GNP </li></ul>How important are SMEs in the EU ? 75% 57% 99 . 8%
    5. 5. What are the key SME business sectors?
    6. 6. Why is Natura 2000 important? <ul><li>In EU: </li></ul><ul><li>World’s largest network of protected areas under law </li></ul><ul><li>17% of EU area </li></ul><ul><li>860,000 km 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 25 000 sites </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>In Poland : </li></ul><ul><li>19 % area of the country </li></ul><ul><li>498 sites </li></ul>
    7. 7. What financial constraints apply to Natura 2000 implementation? <ul><li>Unattainable annual management costs: €6 - €10 billion for EU27 </li></ul><ul><li>Limited funding sources: EU (for projects), to some extent state budget (e.g. management plans). </li></ul><ul><li>Absence of dedicated preferential funding for rural SMEs in and around Natura 2000 sites, that are often already at an economic disadvantage </li></ul>
    8. 8. What obstacles restrict private sector activities in Natura 2000 sites? <ul><li>Inadequate understanding what Natura 2000 means to the private sector creates risk and uncertainty for investors & businesses alike - “ bad for business and bad for development?” </li></ul><ul><li>No mechanism to understand what opportunities exist for business adaptation or development? </li></ul>
    9. 9. What components does the financial instrument require? <ul><li>Accessible and attractive preferential loans to SMEs for development of pro-biodiversity investments </li></ul><ul><li>Incentivised finance and technical support for banks </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory service providing technical assistance that connects SMEs, site managers and banks </li></ul><ul><li>Natura 2000 management prescriptions from which investment criteria can be developed </li></ul>
    10. 10. How do preferential loans improve SME environmental performance? <ul><li>Improving energy efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing carbon emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing air and water pollution </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing waste and increasing recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Driving environmental certification schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Creating micro-enterprises </li></ul>
    11. 11. Main project achievements <ul><li>Methodology and tools developed to identify and assess pro-biodiversity SMEs and projects </li></ul><ul><li>Demand studies confirmed that numerous potential pro-biodiversity businesses in primary, secondary & tertiary sectors </li></ul><ul><li>A portfolio of pro-biodiversity investment opportunities developed, with business operations compatible with management prescriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Independent Biodiversity Technical Assistance Units established in Bulgaria, Hungary & Poland </li></ul><ul><li>Financial instruments are being designed to capitalise on the latent market for ‘pro-biodiversity businesses’ </li></ul>
    12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>SMEs are an essential element of rural economies and are key to long-term management of the Natura 2000 network. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro-biodiversity business activities can help to implement and maintain Natura 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>Preferential SME loan facilities are proven to improve specific environmental performance in businesses. </li></ul><ul><li>EU 2013 – 2020 financial perspective should offer significantly more pro-biodiversity business development opportunities. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Natura 2000 - ‘good for nature & good for business’?

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