Subject: EUROPARC E-NEWS: European Day of Parks, a toolkit on Health and Protected Areas and much more!

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
February 2021
Dear reader,

Another month has passed, so time for a new newsletter chock full of updates from the EUROPARC Federation and its network.

We’ve launched this year’s European Day of Parks! ‘Parks – The Next Generation’ will focus on all that Parks and Protected Areas are doing to get ready for the future. Start organising your events! You can find all info down below.

EUROPARC has started an exciting new partnership with Gymglish – 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.

Also, mark your calendars for the EUROPARC Conference. We will hopefully meet face to face from the 4th – 8th of October in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. We will pay ‘Tribute to our landscape – Where nature and people meet in harmony’. EUROPARC and the Dutch National Parks are currently working hard on creating an inspiring programme.

More info on all that is happening within the EUROPARC network can be found below.

We wish happy readings,
EUROPARC Directorate
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. All information, including promotional material in 26 languages can be found on our website here.

NEW EUROPARC Toolkit: Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe
Health and Well-Being Benefits from Parks and Protected Areas

On the 16th of February, EUROPARC had its first webinar of the year: “Nature is good medicine: practical steps for implementing a Healthy Parks Healthy People approach”. You can find the outcomes and a recording of the webinar here. Within the webinar we launched our new Healthy Parks Healthy People Toolkit. This document will help those responsible for the management of Parks and Protected Areas to realise the potential of their sites as natural health centres in practice. A check list will guide you through all the necessary steps to make the most of nature’s medicine. You can find it all, here on the EUROPARC website.
EUROPARC Transboundary Programme
Special webinar with EUROPARC Spain

Together with EUROPARC Spain, we organised the webinar “How to overcome borders and improve cooperation between transboundary protected areas? The EUROPARC Transboundary Cooperation Programme” in Spanish. It was organised in the framework of the UN Year of Peace and Trust 2021. The webinar presented EUROPARC’s Transboundary Programme and aimed at stimulating the cross-border areas of Spain, Portugal, France and Andorra to join the programme and the network. A recording of the webinar will soon be made available on EUROPARC’s website here.
EUROPARC joins a new project!
Sustainability and Environmental Education in Outdoor Sports

Outdoor Sports bring great benefits to people of all ages, to get into nature, be with friends and remain mentally and physically healthy. On the whole our Parks and Protected Areas welcome such activities – but how can we manage these better to ensure outdoor sport are more sustainable and that the impacts of such activities are minimised and mitigated?

Well, one answer is to ensure the training of the trainers of outdoor sports themselves have sound environmental and sustainable training, knowledge and skills, in order to build this capacity in the whole sector!

That is one reason why EUROPARC has joined a new Erasmus + project SEE – Sustainability Environmental Education in Outdoor Sports.
This is an excellent opportunity for our network to report on impacts identified by individual and multiple outdoor sports and to provide and exchange on ways to minimise and mitigate them.
To this end, EUROPARC Federation will launch a survey - in several languages - to all our members in order to identify these challenges and opportunities on all different type of habitats, so "watch this space"!
e-Natura2000 App
We want your feedback!

The LIFE project aims at developing innovative learning tools for Natura 2000 managers. One of these tools is the eNatura2000 app. We are currently collecting feedback on the app. What do you like? What could we do better? Let us know by filling out this small questionnaire.

Don’t have the app yet? Well than it’s about time to download it! The app allows you to connect, learn and discuss with other Natura 2000 managers and nature professionals: the solution to your problem might just be a ‘swipe’ away. Plus, every week, interesting new content is uploaded to keep you up to date. The app is available on Google Play and App Store.
Sustainable Agriculture
Update from EUROPARC's Commission

EUROPARC’s Agriculture and Protected Areas Commission welcomes two new members: Kees Folkertsma, of the Drentsche Aa National Park (NL), and Florence Moesch, in charge of the Common Agricultural Policy for the National and Regional French Parks. The commission met on the 16th of February to share information on the National Strategic Plans in different countries, with particular attention to the document prepared by the National and Regional French Parks, the agriculture, and environment authorities involved in the preparation of the French plan.

Next events:
EUROPARC Council member Enzo Lavarra will organize a webinar for the Italian members about the PAC in Italy, on the 5th of March “I parchi nella PAC e nei piani strategici nazionali”.

EUROPARC will organise a webinar about the relation between “conventional” agriculture and Protected Areas. It will take place on 30th March, with particular consideration to the experiences in Germany, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. More info will follow so connect with EUROPARC’s Social Media & check our website to stay up to date!

Picture credit: Ilja Zonneveld
News from Brussels
Marine Stakeholder Consultation

EUROPARC was invited by the Committee of Regions to the stakeholder consultation on "Local and regional authorities protecting the marine environment" hosted by rapporteur Emma NOHRÉN (SE/Greens) with guest speakers João FIGUEIREDO and Stavroula Kremmydiotou. EUROPARC shared the concerns about the importance to recognize the role of Marine Protected Areas in the local plans for marine environment protection and local development; the importance of coordination between local, regional and national authorities in charge of marine topics; and the need of coherence of policies in the land and in the sea. EUROPARC also underlined the importance of adequate financial support to reach good and efficient management. The presentations can be found here.
Consultation on EU Biodiversity Strategy
Provide your input

The public consultation promoted by the European Commission about “Protecting biodiversity: nature restoration targets under EU biodiversity strategy” is open. You can provide your inputs until 05 April 2021 (midnight Brussels time). It aims to collect feedback from any interested public or private organisation or individual on the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 and EU Regulation of Invasive Alien Species. To contribute click here.

Additionally, EUROPARC, in cooperation with other organizations, is actively contributing to the debate around the new 2030 EU Biodiversity Strategy and the targets for Protected Areas. For this, with some members (national agencies and regional authorities), we are organizing a round table discussion on the 15th of March to share views and collect contributions. Feel free to contact us directly if you have questions, comments and suggestions. With you all we are doing our best to make it a success!
Climate Change
New EU Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

The causes and impacts of climate change 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. On 24 February, the European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out how the EU can adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and become climate resilient by 2050. Read its main points in our new article. Additionally, 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 here.
News from the network
Partake in a survey on tourism activities
Save the date: 16.02.2020

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is considering implementing a new model of visitation management. For that purpose they are conducting an international survey regarding permits for tourism activities in Protected Areas. Learning from the experience of others in the EUROPARC network will be extremely helpful. Please fill out the survey in the attachment and email it to Dr. Lior Chen,

Cairngorms National Park Youth Action Team
A best practice example

The Cairngorms National Park in Scotland created a Youth Action Team to empower young people to create positive change in their communities for their futures. It is a great implementation of the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto. You can meet them and their plans in a video here. Fun fact: the Park was completely recreated in Minecraft to give young people a chance to virtually run a park!
Working with local actors/entrepreneurs?
Best practice examples wanted

The Swedish Center for Nature Interpretation is looking for good examples on how national parks can cooperate with, and educate local actors/entrepreneurs, e g. actors who cooperate with the park on, for example, guided tours. They are looking for examples on national parks who offer educational days, follow-up activities and networking opportunities for the actors. In Sweden local actors can, after an education and a signed agreement, use the logotype of the national park. Please write to them about good examples: cnv @

Picture credit: Caroline Martin, Living History and Naturpark Our Luxembourgh.
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!

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