Orthoptera under the context of European nature conservation policy: the case of Chorthippus lacustris

BCL attended in April 2022 the European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation (ECOCIII) in Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden,  The Netherlands. V. Kati gave a plenary lecture on the topic of European policy and the tools it offers for grasshopper conservation. The plenary lecture is now openly available as pdf (RG) and as talk in youtube :   Kati, V. 2022. Orthoptera under the context of European nature conservation policy: the case of Chorthippus lacustris. European Congress on Orthoptera Conservation (ECOCIII). Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden,  The Netherlands. 1-2 April. The book of abstract is available here

An overview of the current European nature conservation policy is presented and the tools available to conserve those invertebrates not protected under the EU environmental legislation. Biodiversity is declining in the EU at alarming rates. Natura 2000 network of protected areas is the cornerstone of the EU policy for nature conservation, but EU legislation largely neglects arthropod conservation. However, the new European Biodiversity Strategy by 2030 can indirectly contribute to Orthoptera habitat conservation through a suite of key commitments for offering protection in 30% of EU land, and strictly protecting one-third of it, along with restoring nature. Even red-listed Orthoptera species not covered by the EU legislation can be included in monitoring schemes, in Environmental Assessment Studies, and considered in LIFE conservation projects.  The conservation story of Chorthippus lacustris, a critically endangered steno-endemic species of Greece, is presented, to illustrate the conservation endeavor for an important species that is omitted from the Habitat’s Directive and still struggles for survival

BCL also in collaboration with the Management Unit of the Protected Areas or Epirus Region presented a poster for the species under the title: Noutsou et al. 2022 Conservation actions for the Epirus grasshopper Chorthippus lacustris, which is available here

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