Our Mediterranean ecosystems’ health is in danger. Time to restore it!

Natural Heritage Mission’s 1st Summer School

Dates: 18-20 June 2024 (3 full days of activities)
Place: National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station, Piran, Slovenia

!!! Extended deadline for applying: 15th of April !!!



Despite EU and international efforts, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystems continue at an alarming rate, significantly impacting societies, economies, and climate. Only 15% of European habitats are in “good” condition, with wetlands, dunes and coastal ecosystems being in a worrying shape.

Aiming to face this challenge, EU established recently the Nature Restoration Law that sets out an overarching objective: “to contribute to the continuous, long-term and sustained recovery of biodiverse and resilient nature across the EU’s land and sea areas by restoring ecosystems and to contribute to achieving Union climate mitigation and climate adaptation objectives and meet its international commitments”.

The practitioners that will undertake the task to design Action Plans and implement the new regulations in the different member states (e.g., employees in national, regional, and municipal agencies or regulators) often need updated knowledge and skills to adapt the new instruments to current practices in environmental protection and restoration, as well as to mainstream successful technical solutions in the strategies to be developed.

The Natural Heritage Mission aims to bridge this knowledge gap by organizing its 1st Summer School in Slovenia in summer 2024.


Targeted audience (non-exhaustive list)
  • Public administration practitioners/technicians
  • Decision makers
  • NGOs
  • Consultants
    from the Euro-Mediterranean area.


Learning objectives
  • Focus on main concepts on nature restoration.
  • Understand the new EU Nature Restoration policy and explore its objectives, main pillars, and implications for EU members.
  • Gain knowledge on ecosystems’ health diagnosis, indicators for vulnerability and impact assessment and restoration actions prioritization.
  • Learn about restoration monitoring methodologies.
  • Build capacity on the socioeconomic aspects of restoration.
  • Explore technical solutions/examples/case studies/projects for natural environment restoration and be able to propose your own.


Courses format
  • Lectures by experienced teachers
  • Working Labs on specific restoration scenarios
  • A field visit on a Slovenian site, relevant to the course objectives
  • Networking with other stakeholders
    Working language: English


Tuition Fee info

No tuition fee is needed. It is a free course offered by the Natural Heritage Mission.


Selection process – Eligibility criteria

Up to 30 participants will be selected. The selection process and eligibility criteria can be found in the “Call for Applicants” document below.


More information

For more details read the ‘Call for Applicants’ document.
Check our ‘agenda’ here.
Meet our ‘instructors’ here.