Subject: EUROPARC E-NEWS: Starting 2021 off right! Updates from EUROPARC and dates to save.

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
January 2021
Dear reader,

We hope everyone had a great start to 2021. The New Year promises many exciting things. To get you started, we’ve made an overview of some of the most important events, that we know thus far, happening in 2021 for nature professionals, so mark your calendars!

Work in Brussels is also back in full swing, 
even if it remains onlineThe discussion around the CAP (Common Agriculture Policy) continues and has now moved into the trialogue. Here the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council come together to discuss how to move forward. Need a refresher on all these institutions? Have a look at the policy part of our website.

EUROPARC is also happy to announce that we have published the 2020 version of “Protected Areas In-Sight”. Our annual journal this year focused around the theme of EUROPARC’s online conference: “Our New Future: How Ready Are We?”. Find thought provoking articles on agriculture, youth, health and much more in the online version here.

Last but not least, we are excited to inform you about our partnership with Gymglish! For international cooperation, good English skills are essential. Through our partnership you can get one month of English lessons for free, delivered daily to your smartphone or inbox! Their method of 10 minute lessons a day fits into the busiest of schedules. The free trial includes a complete level assessment, to ensure that the lessons are tailored to your needs. 
Don’t forget though to take out a subscription after the free period! You can improve your language skills knowing that you are also supporting the work of EUROPARC! There will be special Gymglish events for members who subscribeSign up here.

We wish happy readings,
EUROPARC Directorate
EUROPARC Conference 2021
Save the date! 
4-8th of October in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Updates from the Transboundary Parks Programme
New park onboard

Great news! The Transboundary Parks family has grown with the addition of International Nature Park Bourtanger Moor – Bargerveen, you can get to know them hereWe are also pleased to inform that, in 2020, Julian Alps, composed of Preapli Giulie Nature Park (Italy) and Triglav National Park (Slovenia) and Bavarian Forest National Park & Šumava National Park (respectively Germany and Czech Republic) have been rewarded as transboundary areas.
European Charter for Sustainable Tourism
Save the date for the network meeting 2021

Every two years, the EUROPARC Network of Sustainable Destinations applying the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECST) methodology comes together to exchange experience and best practice. The 12th Edition of the ECST Network Meeting will take place in Sabugal (Terra do Lince, Portugal) from 29th June to 2nd of July 2021 – so save the date!

Additionally, the EUROPARC council has approved new methodologies that will boost Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas in Italy, Nordic-Baltic countries and Portugal. With the update and approval of the ECST part II - methodology for tourism businesses, the Nordic-Baltic section and Portuguese partners are taking a firm step towards sustainability. The Italian section is even going further, by completing the ECST programme with the methodology for Tour Operators (Part III), which would guarantee that tour operators, who bring visitors to the Protected Areas, commit to the principles of the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism.
A year in the life of LIFE.EDU
Looking back on 2020

That 2020 was a strange year, goes beyond saying. So what was the experience like for our LIFE project participants? The 30th of January marks the exact one year anniversary of the first Zebinar within the “Competent Inclusive Communication” part of the project. Have a look at our article to find out, how the participants have fared since then. Read it here. 
We are hiring!

We are currently looking for a part time bookkeeper (Regensburg/flexible) and mini job office administrator. For all info on vacancies please see our website

News from Brussels
Portugal takes over the presidency of the Council of the European Union
What it means for Protected Areas

Portugal takes over from Germany and now holds the presidency for the first six months of 2021. They promise to put environment high on the agenda. Get informed on some of the pillar moments during the presidency here.
New Post 2021 European Forest Strategy
Provide your input

The European Commission is currently looking for contributions to its new Forest strategy as part of the EU Green Deal. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. You can provide your input by filling out the questionnaire here (available in multiple EU languages). 

One Planet Summit
& the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People

On the 11th of January, the One Planet Summit was held in which more than 50 countries announced their commitment to protect 30% of land and sea before 2030. This is a key milestone that will set the tone for 2021. The summit was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and broadcasted live. You can find the commitments made here

Upcoming Webinars
Nature is Good Medicine - practical steps for Parks and Protected Areas in implementing a Healthy Parks, Healthy People approach
Save the date: 16.02.2020

Contact with nature can deliver real benefits to people’s mental, physical, emotional and social health and well-being. At this webinar, we will be launching the EUROPARC HPHPe Toolkit which aims to help those responsible for the management of Parks and Protected Areas to realise the potential of their sites as natural health centres in practice. Information and registrations soon available at EUROPARC webinars webpage.

How to overcome borders and improve cooperation between transboundary protected areas? The EUROPARC Transboundary Cooperation Programme.
February 24 - 10:30 a.m. CE

In the international Year of Peace and Trust 2021, we will talk about the role of transboundary protected areas for international dialogue and the protection of nature, and how we can improve cross-border cooperation.

In this webinar, we will reflect on these questions, present the experience and commitment of the E
UROPARC Transboundary Protected Areas Network (TransParcNet), and the possibilities it offers for the cross-border areas of Spain, Portugal, France and Andorra.

The webinar will last approximately 2 hours and will be presented in Spanish, with possible contributions in the different languages of the participants. Registrations will open soon and the programme and complete information will be published on the EUROPARC webinars webpage.

Call for EU Green Week 2021 Partner Events
Applications open until 12 March 2021

The European Commission’s Directorate-General is pleased to invite you to apply for the EU Green Week 2021 Partner Events call. The 2021 edition of EU Green Week will take place from 31 May to 4 June 2021 under the theme dedicated to the theme Zero Pollution ambition for air, water and soil.

Partner Events taking place between 3 May and 13 June 2021. Applications must be submitted by 12 March 2021. Please note that the registration form is only available in English. You can find the official invitation attached to this newsletter and more information at the EU Green Week website.
Natura 2000 app
Connect, learn and discove

Are you on the Natura 2000 app yet? This digital tool is developed to help Natura 2000 managers identify issues, solve common problems that they face, communicate with each other directly, as well as learn about their professional development needs. You can find more information about the app here and download it here in the Google Play and App Store!

Protected Areas online presence
EUROPARC members are looking for input!

Wadden Sea National Park (Denmark) and Thy National Park (Denmark) intend to update and renew their websites to be more user friendly and more attractive for people who spend time in nature as well as those who are unfamiliar with nature. They are looking for inspiration from other Protected Areas, or potential surveys on the topic. If you have some input, please contact National Park manager, Peter Saabye Simonsen:

For any questions or comments, please contact the EUROPARC Communications Department:


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