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EUROPARC Federation eNews
January 2019
Dear readers,

2019 starts, full of opportunities for you to advance your skills, develop new competences, and expand your European network! We have curated 12 events and workshops across Europe that will certainly be of interest for you.

The first from dates is in March, the opportunity to join our Siggen Seminar, where we will be examining how we better involve Youth in Protected Areas, with examples from across Europe.

For the professionals working in visitor management and tourism, you must join us in April in Greece! At the special conference on Sustainable Tourism, we will be looking at "Sustainable Responses" to the many social challenges that tourism brings to our natural destinations. Registrations are open, save your place!

Looking ahead, it is time to start organising your events to celebrate the European Day of Parks! This year we want to share the Natural Treasures of Europe... which are the hidden treasures of your Park?  

Finally, do save the date for the event of the year for Protected Area professionals: the EUROPARC Conference 2019 will take place in Kemeri National Park (Latvia) between the 24 - 27th September.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Happy readings,
Your Directorate team
In this issue...
Special: Sustainable Tourism Conference 

> Siggen Seminar 2019


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Special: Sustainable Tourism Conference in Greece
The social and cultural impacts of tourism:
Exploring a sustainable response

EUROPARC invites you to a special conference on Sustainable Tourism, host in Tzourmerka, Anchelos Valley, Agrafa and Meteora National Park. The XI Charter Network Meeting takes place in Greece between the 9-11th April, with a special post-conference excursion until the 14th April. 

How to manage visitor flows? How to increase the social and economic benefits to local communities? There will be inspiring keynote speakers in the plenary session, intense (and very practical) workshops and amazing field trips in the Park. The Charter Network Meeting is an excellent opportunity for all working and interested in sustainable tourism in protected areas to examine, discuss and learn from each other!

Registrations are now open. All information available at:
Siggen Seminar 2019: Youth involvement in Protected Areas
18th – 21st March, Gut Siggen, Germany 

This year, continuing on from the launch of the Youth Manifesto, EUROPARC is organising the two-day seminar for members, specifically focused on working with youth.
The seminar is FREE for members of the EUROPARC Federation (meals and accommodation included). Participants will therefore ONLY cover their own travel to and from the event.

There are only few places available so please book soon! Secure your place here!

Results of the Seminar-dialogue with the European Commission 2018
Partnerships for biodiversity: European policies and the role of Protected Areas
On the December 7th
, 30 participants including protected areas representatives, managers, and experts, and several officers from the European Commission DG Environment (ENVI) and DG for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (EAC), attended the Seminar-Dialogue 2018. The initiative, organised for the second time by the EUROPARC Federation and DG ENVI, proves to be a great success in sparking the dialogue about European policies and how they are being implemented in by protected areas and Natura 2000 sites.
Read more about it here! And keep tuned, in 2019 there will be another opportunity for members.

EUROPEAN DAY OF PARKS: Our natural treasures

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

In 2019, the European Days of Parks is a call to reconnect with nature, to highlight the natural and cultural treasures that make your Park so special. 
We invite all protected areas to organise events in and around the 24th of May. Start preparing your events and register them here and make use of the 
promotion tools we created in your languages here.

Hendrikus Van Hensbergen – Action for Conservation

In this EUROPARC Live film, Hendrikus Van Hensbergen speaks about how the charity Action for Conservation was founded, its role to involve young people in nature conservation at local level and the possibilities that working in synergy with Parks and institutions like EUROPARC could bring.
Save the Date! EUROPARC Conference 2019
September 24th to 27th in Kemeri National Park, Latvia

The EUROPARC Conference 2019 - Nature on your mind: Understanding our values - is the key event of the year for those working in Europe’s Protected Areas! 
Take a look at the promotional video here, and learn more about previous Conferences here.
12 events for Protected Area professionals in 2019 (that you cannot miss!)

Whether you are interested in all the ways technology can help in conservation monitoring; communication, sustainable tourism, environmental laws, or working with the youth, there is something for everyone, and you won’t be disappointed. So get your calendar ready and start writing in the dates! You can find all of the events here:
EUROPARC Live Gallery
New addition to the EUROPARC Federation website!

From now on you will be able to access all EUROPARC Live films from our brand new Video Gallery. All updates, interviews, stories and announcements are now on the same place. Visit it here!

Natura 2000 Management inside protected areas – the case of Collserola Nature Park

In this video interview, Francesc Llimona, biologist at Collserola Nature Park in Barcelona, describes the current integration of Natura 2000 objectives in the management plan of the park, the solutions found and the challenges the park is currently facing in this sense. You can read more about it and visit the newly developed section on Natura 2000 at EUROPARC Federation website here.
Master in Protected Natural Spaces with scholarships for Latin America

Fungobe and EUROPARC-Spain have prepared a great opportunity for gaining new knowledge! With the help from the BBVA Foundation’s they are offering 10 grants in the specific area of Ecology and Conservation Biology aimed at Latin American university graduates for the Master’s in Protected Natural Spaces in its 2020 edition. They want to help broaden people’s opportunities in different areas and through different lines of action. The deadline for submitting applications: February 15th 2019, 2 p.m. (Spanish mainland time). You can get all the useful information here!

A new National Park is born in Estonia – Alutaguse!

By the end of 2018, the Estonian Government announced the creation of a new National Park! Alutaguse National Park is the 6th National Park of Estonia! Take a moment to find out some of its history and unique species that live in this natural treasure here:
Meet (some of) our new members!

The EUROPARC Federations network is growing. We have a lot of new members, and you will be able to get to know them through the series of articles. Take a look at the first one and meet the new members from Spain, Denmark and Albania:
Ten Reasons Why We Need a New Nature Movement

Richard Louv is a bestselling author who sparked an international debate and movement to reconnect kids and nature, through his book Last Child in the Woods. He coined the term nature-deficit disorder which has influenced policy and inspired campaigns across North America.
In his article for the latest EUROPARC Journal Protected Areas In-Sight he pointed out ten reasons for changing the attitude about the nature connection. You can read about them in the article, and get your copy of the Journal in english, german and french here:

2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards finalists are here!

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced 15 finalists for its 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards!
You can find the list of all the finalists here!

The EUROPARC Federation – as a partner of the Tourism for Tommorow Awards – is looking forward to seeing more european projects as finalists, especially from the EUROPARC Network od Sustainable Destinations!

Winners of the 2019 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced during the awards ceremony at the 19th WTTC Global Summit in Seville, Spain from 2 – 4 April 2019.


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