Subject: EUROPARC Conference 2018: All you need to know | eNews August

EUROPARC Federation eNews
August 2018

Dear readers,

In less than one month, we will be gathered in the Cairngorms National Park (Scotland) for the EUROPARC Conference 2018! Over 380 delegates from 37 nations have already confirmed their presence... and you? Are you joining us in the biggest gathering of Protected Area professionals?

This month we proudly introduce you Alan Smith (one of the faces you will certainly recognise at the Conference!), who will tell you all about this year's Conference theme "European Parks: Inspired by the next generation". Alan is Outdoor Learning Officer in the Cairngorms National Park Authority and was a key developer of the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto, which will also be presented during the Conference.

In this eNews, specially dedicated to EUROPARC Conference, we bring you all you need to know to fully enjoy your experience in Scotland!  Meanwhile, if you haven't booked your place yet, do it soon... and think about bringing a youth person with you! There is a discounted rate for youngsters under 30 and there will be several activities specifically addressed to them. 

We look forward to seeing you in Cairngorms National Park!

Happy readings,
Your Directorate team
In this issue...

> IMPACT Interreg Europe: Workshop "Green Jobs for all"
> CEETO Interreg Central Europe: Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Croatia

> Latest news from the EU Platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores
> IUCN Manual: Tools for measuring, modeling, and valuing ecosystem services
Special edition EUROPARC Conference 2018 
EUROPARC Conference 2018
European Parks: Inspired by the next generation

The biggest National Park in the United Kingdom will welcome the EUROPARC network and Protected Area professionals from across the globe, between the 18th - 21st September in Aviemore (Scotland). The Cairngorms National Park has prepared a stimulating programme with dynamic speakers, workshops and field trips, for us to explore innovative ways how young people can help manage Protected Areas in the future. Over 80 youngsters will also join the EUROPARC Conference this year, and will be around to share their ideas and creativity on how to reconnect people with nature. 

For more information and registrations, please visit the Conference official website
Getting there
Train discount for Conference Delegates!

If you haven't booked your train yet, we urge you to do so. Conference delegates have 30% discount on their train travel with Scotrail. There is a train link to Aviemore (where the Conference will take place) from Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is also a direct service from the south including a sleeper train option from London. The train station in Aviemore is just a 5 minute walk from the conference venue.

How to get your discount:
If you wish to take advantage of this offer please call the Scotrail Customer Centre on (0044) 344 811 0144. The Discount of 30% is offered on Anytime Return ScotRail Service to and from Aviemore between the 16 September and 22 September. You must provide a booking code/reference – Europarc 2018 and tickets can either be posted or collected from a station where ticketing facilities are available – please advise your preference at time of booking.

For more information on how to get to Aviemore, please check: 
EUROPARC Marketplace
Bring a taste of your country & let us know about your projects!

The EUROPARC Marketplace is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase how your projects are delivering benefits for nature & society. It is also a special moment to share some of your cultural heritage and local products, so bring a taste of your country and surprise our delegates! The Marketplace will take place on Friday 21 September from 12:30pm until 2pm. Make sure you save a place for your Protected Area! Registrations to the marketplace can be made by email to:
Dress like an Highlander!
Hire a Kilt for the Gala Dinner

Yearly, EUROPARC conference gives you the chance to discover new places and experience the local culture, products and traditions... You know the old saying: in Scottish! So what better than dressing like a highlander in our Gala Dinner? The hosting team in the Cairngorms National Park made it possible for you to hire a traditional kilt for Friday evening! But be aware that you need to make an enquiry before. Ms Margaret Grant, Scottish Highland Kilt maker, will come to the venue some days before, to test the kilt and ensure you worn it correctly.
Whisky Distillery
An exclusive VIP tour for Conference Delegates!

The Cairngorms National Park has organised a special VIP Tour of Dalwhinnie Whisky Distilleryon Saturday 22nd September leaving MacDonald Highland Resort at 10am return by 1pm. 
The VIP tour with a personal guide will be followed by a tasting of the full range of Dalwhinnie whiskies. A tray of 6 Dalwhinnies, each paired with a luxury handmade chocolate, the tasting will be explained by a guide and each visitor gets a whisky flavour map and a branded Dalwhinnie glass to take home. The price is 15£ per person to cover travel and booking costs.
Special offers
Get access to amazing experiences and local products

The Cairngorms Business Parnership have secured some fantastic special offers from their members. All delegates need to do is show their conference badge to take advantage of the offers. It includes outdoor activities, bike rentals, horseback riding and much more! Check all the offers here.
Social Media Competition

During the Conference, we will be running a social media competition for the best photos – the theme will be ‘Inspired by the next generation’ and the prize will be your very own ‘Wee Morag’ to take home!

 All delegates have to do is post their creative pictures on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #EUROPARC2018. We will choose the funniest and the most inspiring photos, and announce the winners on the final day!
a bird's eye view on
European Parks: Inspired by the next Generation

Young people play an important role in looking after our Protected Areas: they are the decision-makers of tomorrow and they are capable to help leading the way to a sustainable future of our parks if they get the chance to have a say already today. This year, the focus of our Conference is Youth involvement, celebrating simultaneously the Scottish Year of Young People

For young people (below 30 years) there is a reduced conference rate available and youngsters will get the chance to join outdoor training workshops happening besides the main Conference.

EUROPARC Youth Manifesto
Youth taking the Lead for Nature – Shaping Protected Areas & Rural Communities!

It is vital that young people get involved in the governance of Protected Areas, so they can learn and in turn share their perspectives on the issues that will impact their future development and that of our natural and cultural heritage. That is why, over the past months, a group of Young adults from several countries came together to create the first EUROPARC Youth Manifesto: a call for change addressed to Protected Areas managers and decision-makers at local and regional level.

The youth involved in the Manifesto will make themselves heard and seen in a main presentation on stage - on Friday 21st September - but also in some unexpected ways - showing they’re capable to contribute with what we need to create a sustainable future for our European Parks together: creativity, joy and some good ideas.

Get to know more about the work of Youth and the Youth+ Programme with this short film:

Parks & Protected Areas as "Natural Health Centres"

After a short summer pause, EUROPARC webinars are back! 
Next week, we will look at leading examples from Europe and the USA in supporting health outcomes through connecting people with nature. Case study presenters will showcase how Park staff are working with health professionals in the USA, how Finland is quantifying and measuring health benefits, and how Barcelona is communicating and promoting health initiatives

This webinar follows the launch of the EUROPARC toolkit "Health & Well-being Benefits from Parks & Protected Areas" earlier this year. Attendance is free and open to all, but registration is needed

To learn more about the EUROPARC webinars please visit
IMPACT Interreg Europe
Designing new management models for Protected Areas

The work of the INTERREG project IMPACT will be presented in the workshop Green Jobs for all, organised within the Annual EUROPARC Conference, which this year will take place in Aviemore, hosted by the Cairngorms National Park (Scotland), from 18th to 21st September.

Protected areas have the potential to be an economic catalyst in rural areas. But how do we develop this potential without compromising the integrity of the nature conservation and retain the livelihoods of rural areas. Is it time to promote socio-economic development of protected areas to retain our young people? How can protected areas do it? What would be the limits? These and other questions will be widely discussed at the workshop. Consult the programme of the workshop her
CEETO Interreg Central Europe
Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Croatia

Between 22nd - 24th October, the CEETO project partners will organise in Opatija, Croatia, a Conference in Sustainable Tourism for managers of Protected Areas and Natura 2000 sites
Representatives of decision makers on the national level and agencies in the field of nature protection and tourism, managers of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites, project partners and other toursim experts, will have the opportunity to hear about the most successful measures of reducing the negative impact of tourist visits in protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. The establishment of high-quality multi-sectoral cooperation as a basis for social and economic growth will also be an important discussion topic. 
For more information please visit the CEETO webpage.

EU Platform on the Coexistence between people and large carnivores
Latest news

The EU Platform on coexistence between people and large carnivores was established in 2014 and has proved a useful way for stakeholders to exchange information on the EU level and to discuss how different member states deal with large carnivore management. 

Read the latest news from the platform, with a focus on livestock damage prevention and learn about the regional platforms that are being developed in Italy and Spain. 

IUCN Manual
Tools for measuring, modelling, and valuing ecosystem services

The manual identifies the different ecosystem services that protected areas & Natura 2000 sites provide and gives guidance on how to choose the appropriate tool through a set of “decision trees” which are also available online in an interactive format.

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