Subject: EUROPARC E-NEWS: Developments on the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, the CAP & loads of interesting readings

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
March 2021
Dear reader,

it's spring, and while nature is renewing itself, so is EUROPARC! For the first time ever, we provide automated translations for our newsletter. We offer the translations in EUROPARC's official languages French and German through the buttons above, however through the links provided you can also set the language of your choosing.

Only two more months until the next European Day of Parks! We will look at "Parks: The Next Generation". We have prolonged the deadline for the video messages from our members. In roughly one minute, explain what visitors can expect once they are allowed to return to your Park. EUROPARC will release these “In one minute” videos leading up to the 24th of May. Get the guidelines here! The new deadline is 19th of April.

Also, have you heard of EUROPARC's partnership with Gymglish yet? Gymglish is an online language learning platform.Through our partnership you will get one month of free English lessons. But that’s not all: if you start a membership after the free trial you will directly help EUROPARC and all the work we do, as we will receive a small commission. Are you a EUROPARC member? Then don’t forget to note your member organisation when subscribing, as we are working some exclusive free features for our members. Sign up for the free trial here.

Find out all that is happening with EUROPARC, in Brussels and amongst the network down below.

We wish happy readings,
EUROPARC Directorate

Save the date! The next EUROPARC Conference will take place in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands from the 4th till the 8th of October. Find all info here.
European Day of Parks 2021 - 24th of May
Parks: The Next Generation

We invite all Parks and Protected Areas in Europe to partake in this year’s European Day of Parks! After a challenging year, we want to highlight how Parks are adapting and getting ready for the future. This can be through extensive youth involvement, better visitor management or any other work that ensures a sustainable and green future for Europe. Join us! Register your events on our website and promote it on social media using #EuropeanDayOfParks - or put a spotlight on your Park through a video message! All information, including promotional material in 26 languages can be found on our website here.

New EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030
EUROPARC wants to hear from its members!

The EU biodiversity strategy for 2030 identifies three major targets where Protected Areas are central: the need to protect 30% of EU sea and land surface (with new Protected Areas designations, completing the Natura 2000 network and valuing existing national/regional designations), the need to strictly protect 10% of the EU land and sea, and the need to improve management effectiveness in all Protected Areas.

But how to concretely implement the strategy? What opportunities and challenges does this bring for managing authorities and for landscape planning? EUROPARC's vice president Michael Hošek, together with Andrej Sovinc and Handrij Härtel have kick-started this debate with an open letter on the term "strict protection". You can read it here on LinkedIn.

We are keen to hear and share your views. The debate is open. Feel free to either comment on the LinkedIn article, or write us under communications @

Please note that the article expresses personal views based on long-term experience of its authors, and does not represent positions of bodies they are active in.
EUROPARC webinar: Protected Areas and Conventional Agriculture
Opportunities and challenges for cooperation

On the 30th of March, EUROPARC organised a webinar concentrating on cooperation between Protected Areas and large-scale farming. Case studies from Luxemborg, Germany and the Netherlands were presented and the webinar was closed with a lively discussion. You can find the outcomes here.

EUROPARC's next webinar will be on the 27th of April: "Outdoor sports -  Engaging with or using nature? Training for a more sustainable, respectful and enjoyable outdoor sport experience. More information is soon to follow.
TransParcNet - Save the Date
10th of June 2021

TransParcNet, the network of all certified EUROPARC Transboundary Parks, will meet again online on the 10th of June 2021. The annual event is organised to share ideas, concerns, experiences and solutions on cross-border cooperation. Not familiar with EUROPARC's Transboundary Programme? We organised a webinar with EUROPARC Spain to present the programme and discuss the experiences of Spanish parks and biosphere reserves with Protected Areas of Portugal, France, and Andorra. You can watch the recording here (in Spanish).  
News from Brussels
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
EUROPARC co-signs a letter urging for a green & fair CAP

The CAP negotiations are complex and have been going on for multiple months now. To achieve a breakthrough in the talks, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union recently called a joint negotiation meeting – dubbed a super trilogue. Many nature-orientated NGO’s, as well as farmers, have been critical of the current state of the CAP, and EUROPARC too believes that it is crucial that there is a better coherence between the CAP and the EU Green Deal. This is why EUROPARC has joined 41 other organisations in sending a joint letter to the EU institutions, urging for a greener CAP that is in line with the EU Green Deal.

Report on “Marine environment: EU protection is wide but not deep”
Presentation by the European Court of Auditors

On March 23rd 2021, the European Court of Auditors presented to the European Parliament its conclusions on the special report Nr 26/2020 “Marine environment: EU protection is wide but not deep”. The report, which reflects that the progress made by European member states for the protection of the marine environment is behind schedule, was presented by João Figueiredo, Member of the European Court of Auditors, and commented by several MEPs. Among the feedback given, it was highlighted that a holistic approach to halt marine biodiversity loss is necessary. Thus, a more coordinated effort among the different EC departments, and a more balanced approach in tackling the negative impacts of other factors besides fisheries, such as invasive species, agriculture and pollution, seems to be a priority. You can read a summary of the event on the EUROPARC website.
Download the full report here and watch the recording of the event here.
Conference on the Future of Europe
Help shape the EU's priorities

On 4th of March the  European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents approved the joint declaration for the Conference on the Future of Europe (COFOE)”, which is the foundation for a Conference on the Future of Europe that will engage with citizens’ concerns. The Conference on the Future of Europe is set to be organised by Parliament, Council and Commission and is expected to convene its first assembly on May 9th and deliver the first conclusions by spring 2022. The Conference will contribute significantly to building a Citizen's Union: the EP wants citizens of all backgrounds, civil society representatives and stakeholders at European, national, regional and local level to be involved in setting the EU’s priorities in line with citizens’ concerns in a bottom-up, transparent, inclusive, participatory and well-balanced approach. EUROPARC will follow the work of the Conference asking for a European Union that is more sustainable and eco-friendly.
Interesting reading
How You Can Save the Planet
A new inspiring book for young people

Hendrikus van Hensbergen, the CEO of our friends over at Action for Conservation (AFC), has recently released a new book: How You Can Save the Planet. It is published by Puffin Books and filled with hopeful stories from AFC Ambassadors and young people across the world. Not only will you be inspired by their stories, but the book will show you exactly how YOU can take action! You can get your copy here or first read a review from the hand of Carol Ritchie, EUROPARC Federation's Executive Director here

Covid-19 and the consequences for Protected Areas
Nature conservation suffers

Research conducted by IUCN shows that the pandemic poses severe threats to Protected Areas and nature conservation efforts around the world. This is caused by job losses among Protected Areas rangers, cuts in environmental protection funding and collapse in ecotourism. The research was published in a special issue of PARKS. You can find a summary of the study in an article on the EUROPARC website.
The economic value of nature
Study shows protecting nature makes sense (also financially!)

New research published in the journal Nature Sustainability led by University of Cambridge and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) found that exploiting nature is a bad financial decision. The study showed that amongst the sites researched, "70% [...] have greater monetary value as natural habitats, including 100% of forest sites". The economic value of nature has resonated for longer amongst global leaders and a new statistical framework was launched worldwide on 11 March 2021. You can find more information about the new framework, as well as a summary of the research here.
How can your Protected Area integrate climate change adaptation?
New resources on EUROPARC's website

Field experience and research tell us that it is urgent to tackle nature and climate breakdown. It is also widely accepted that human societies’ behaviors are exerting an overwhelming destructive force on the natural world. Although bleak, this acknowledgement holds reasons for optimism as solutions to both crises overlap. They call for better integrated land management, well implemented protection and more restoration to develop large and well-connected natural ecosystems. Protected areas have a central role to play. EUROPARC and LIFE Natur’Adapt have produced and gathered a number of interesting resources for managers to support them to integrate climate change in their management practices. Check out the dedicated section on our website.
Natura 2000 app
Connect, learn and discove

Are you on the Natura 2000 app yet? We are! This digital tool helps 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 in the Google Play and App Store!

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