Subject: Last call for EUROPARC Conference...and much more!

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
August - September 2019
Dear readers,

We hope you returned refreshed and energized from summer break, as the coming months will be intense...

In only 20 days (!) we hope to meet you in Latvia, at EUROPARC’s annual Conference. Over 300 participants have secured their place... but if you haven’t, you still have until the 10th of September to register here.
This year, we will look at the role of nature in human health, and how parks can make a difference.

Meanwhile, our policy work in Brussels is at full speed. Registrations to the Seminar-Dialogue with the DG Environment are now open! We invite our members to join us at the European Commission between the 28-29 October. Protected Areas will have the opportunity to showcase their achievements and to receive updates and provide their inputs on EU policies and programmes.

In the next e-news, we will bring you a full update from Brussels.
For now, enjoy the memories of EUROPARC summer camps, check up the opportunities we collated for you and add in your agenda the most interesting events for nature professionals.



We wish you cheerful readings,

Yours,

EUROPARC Directorate

EUROPARC Updates
Only 5 days left to register for the EUROPARC Conference 2019!
Nature on your Mind: Understanding our Values

Don’t miss the chance to join the key annual event for nature professionals in Europe, this year taking place in Kemeri National Park, Latvia, from 24 to 27 September, and focusing on the role of Protected Areas in human health. Over 300 participants have already secured their places.

The registration closes on September 10!
For detailed programme and registration, visit https://www.europarc2019.com/.
Online Sounding Questions
#EUROPARCstrategy2021 #parks4future

We would like to hear your thoughts on the challenges Protected Areas will face in the coming years! This week, we published the second round of Sounding Questions which will help us develop the next EUROPARC Strategy, as our current strategy 2015-2021 is slowly coming to its end. 
Thank you for helping us creating a new Strategy that answers YOUR needs!

Take the short survey HERE.
Welcome our new members!
From Romania and Spain

Benvinguts \ Bienvenidos Valéncia City Council! At the south of the third largest city of Spain, many birds, plants and fishes live in one of the most representative coastal wetlands of the mediterranean basis: the Albufera Natural Park.

Bine ați venit, Enduro Ranch! The first and the only natural and off-road adventure park in North-Eastern Romania, where you can experience "back to nature" activities in a wild environment. 

European Parks Academy 2019
A special participation of EUROPARC

Hosted by the ECO Institute for Ecology, the European Parks Academy is a prestigious “summer school” focused on Protected area management. In this edition, Stefania Petrosillo and Carol Ritchie were invited as guest lecturers

Check the report about the event and the sessions developed about:
  •  EUROPARC Transboundary Program 
  •  European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
AUA Ecotourism Conference 2019
The role of Protected Areas in Armenia's Tourism Development

Carol Ritchie (Executive director) and Paulo Castro (Council member), from EUROPARC, presented our vision on sustainable tourism and sharing the experience of our members working with the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.

YOUTH
Youth+ Camp
Stronger with #Youth

From 3th to the 8th of August, the Youth+ Camp took place in Kullaberg Nature ReserveSweden. 

Twenty youngsters from across Europe came together to put in practice their conservation skills, to gain new communication & advocacy insights and to further develop the Youth+ Programme.

Read about how they are taking the lead in Nature Conservation and see the full photo album!
Junior Ranger International Camp 2019
Hosted in Lahemaa National Park, Estonia

It has been an amazing week for 30 young people (13-18 years old) who came in representation of their 15 protected areas, from across 9 different countries. The camp offered young people the chance to discover this beautiful country, where nature, people, culture and history, are so closely connected.

"Parks connecting generations"

...was the theme that experts, rangers, mentors and youth have followed; helping young people to reconnect with nature while learning and having fun together.


Have you wondered what is a day of a Junior Ranger like?
A video about Junior Rangers from Ramat Hanadiv

Now you can see it from inside!

Unique experiences, exciting adventures, a lot of time outdoors, meeting amazing people, and really making a difference for nature!

Discover the truly inspiring story about our Junior Rangers from Ramat Hanadiv, Israel, in our Junior Rangers Facebook page!
Junior Ranger Camp in Kullaberg, Sweden
Junior Rangers of the Kullaberg Nature Reserve & Müritz National Park

A couple of weeks ago, a group of Junior Rangers from Müritz National Park joined their counterparts in Kullaberg Nature Reserve to discover the challenges they face in Sweden. During the camp, young rangers explored the reserve, used bat detectors and gave a helping hand to the park! 

Friends of Protected Areas - International Forum
Petrozavodsk, Russia between 23 and 26 September 2019

For the first time, Friends of Protected Areas, EUROPARC’s youth member association uniting over 600 000 participants from all over Russia, will hold an International Youth Forum in the form of an environmental festival. Running simultaneously to EUROPARC Conference, participants at the General Assembly in Latvia will organise a live video call to get to know their youth counterparts and wish them a fruitful rally.

For more information about the International Forum visit http://slet.wildnet.ru/.
Publications
Regulations on the prevention and remediation of environmental damage
A comparison between Directive 2004/35/EC and Legislative Decree 152/2006

The manual addresses the European and Italian policy regarding the complexity of addressing the responsibility for environmental damages and the evolution and considerations of this definition. 

Discussing the differences between the European and Italian policy, it focuses also on the state of environmental responsibility and on actions aimed at preventing and repairing prejudices against natural resources. 

Opportunities
Natura 2000 Award
Acknowledge your work!

The European Natura 2000 Awards aims to raise awareness about the benefits of Natura 2000 and the importance of biodiversity on the EU, Member State and local level. You can choose one of the 5 categories: communication, socio-economic benefits, conservation, reconciling interests-perceptions and cross-border cooperation, and networking.

Anyone directly involved in Natura 2000 site management can apply for an Award. Read the Guidelines for application or apply now!

30 Sept. 2019 - Deadline for submissions
March 2020 - Announcement of finalists and public vote
May 2020 - Award Ceremony in Brussels
Why to apply?

Thanks to the Award, previous applicants had the opportunity to open new horizons, promote their activities and raise their profile with governmental bodies and other stakeholders. Read more about the benefits.
Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach 2019
Call for applications

Do you run a project or a campaign that is related to European identity through nature and environment?

Applications are now open for the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach! The prize, given by the European Commission, rewards projects that enhance citizens’ understanding of the EU, help broaden the ownership of the European project and develop a sense of European identity. This edition focuses on Youth!

Send your applications before 29 October 2019, 5pm Brussels Time!
Opportunity for Nature Conservation leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme

The objective of the programme is to strengthen organisations within the nature conservation sector in the mentioned regions.

The programme 2020-2021 will start in spring 2020 and is extra-occupational, combines learning on international best conservation 
                                                                practice and policy with management training, network                                                                                    development and a transfer project.


Application deadline is 10 October, 2019.
Mobile Film Festival. Call for Films
ACT NOW on climate change

In partnership with YouTube Creators for Change and United Nations Climate Change, the Mobile Film Festival opened its 15th edition with a call for contributions. The rules are easy - 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film, and 1 Theme: ACT NOW on climate change.

Anyone can participate, you only need a mobile phone! 

The call for films is open until October 16th 2019! For more information, visit www.mobilefilmfestival.com.
Use of Conservation Easements
A survey from NABU

The German Association for Nature Protection, NABU Bundesverband, is carrying out a study on the use of easements as a conservation tool in the European Union.

Conservation easements are a tool of property law that can be used for voluntary restrictions of land use (for conservation purposes) where the landowners also receive an extra benefit.

Take the survey now, it will only take 3 minutes!

Your answers will help us collect information about the current use of conservation easements in the EU.
COMING EVENTS
EUROPARC CONFERENCE
Ķemeri National Park, September 24-27 

Have you secured your place? 

This year we will explore the presence of nature across various sectors and spheres of life. Especially highlighting the role of nature in human health, we will join forces to make “green prescriptions” to address and integrate the role of nature in:
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Health
  • Arts and Inspiration
  • Creation of Shapes and Environments
Get the insight into the full programme, learn about the speakers and Ķemeri National Park on

Waterfalls, peat pipes & gullies
Webinar by EUROPARC Atlantic Isles, September 10 at 12:00 

In this webinar, Dr Chris Miller, Pennine PeatLIFE Project Officer explores some of the challenges of restoring the hydrology of highly degraded blanket bogs including waterfalls, peat pipes, and nested gullies. Chris will present some of the approaches used by the Pennine PeatLIFE Project to tackle these problems, and will reflect on the limitations of the techniques used.

Sign up via the EAI webpage here.

Another series will be arranged in the autumn. Please contact Anita Prosser if you would be interested in presenting a webinar.













Making an IMPACT
Putting Protected Areas at the heart of EU policies for the sustainable development of regions and cities

From the 7th to the 10th of October, Europe celebrates the European Week of Regions and Cities

Under the theme of "Europe closer to citizen", EUROPARC will organise a workshop on the 8th October to share the best practices of IMPACT Interreg Europe, a project focused on Protected Areas as engines for regional sustainable development.

8th October 2019 - Comittee of the Regions


Read more about this workshop here.
EUROPARC and DG Environment Seminar-Dialogue

Every year, EUROPARC invites members to showcase their achievements in the European Commission in the Seminar-Dialogue, an event jointly organised with DG Environment. By bringing together our members and representatives of several DGs, we will analyse existing European policies and showcase the challenges and successes of their implementation in the field, by protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. The past 2 editions proved to be a great success, with interesting debates around many topics relevant for Protected Areas. This year, we will be looking at Nature, Rural Development and Tourism together with DG AGRI and DG GROW. We look forward to see you in Brussels, 

Between the 28-29th October 2019.

Please register HERE. The detailed programme will be available soon.
III International Congress on Forest and its Potential for Health
Reconnecting with nature through health and wellbeing

The event aims to update and advance applied research and best practise implementation regarding the potential of forests to provide human societies with health and wellbeing. You can expect presentations, roundtables and an exclusive day in the forestin La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park.

Carles Castell, on behalf of EUROPARC Federation, will present the extension of forest therapy in European natural parks.

07th - 10th October 2019 - La Garrotxa (Catalonia, Spain)

Final Event Destination Parks
Towards a common vision

The results of the projects will be presented along with some outstanding good practice examples, before exploring further ways to move ahead on the development of a common alpine strategy on the future development and promotion of sustainable tourism in protected areas.

11th September 2019 - Bern, Switzerland.

GOOD TO KNOW

Save the Amazon! Save the world. Save Ourselves. Save our Species. S.O.S.
Article issued by Ignace Schops

Just 12% of the Amazon has a some kind of protection status. Imagine just 12% of your lungs were secured to keep you healthy and day after day you inhale smoggier oxygen in a smaller part of our lungs.

What would you do?


Restoring peatlands
The most efficient terrestrial carbon-sink in the world

This amazing landscape provides us also with other several ecosystem services.

The Moors for the Future Partnership is working to restore degraded peatlands in the Peak District National Park and South Pennines. Natural England funded one of their projects with the attribution of the Water Environment Grant.

Discover all the management measures and get inspired for the peatlands of your Park!
Improving water quality with plant-living barriers
A case study from Curonian Spit National Park, Lithuania

To protect one of the most unique landscapes in the coast of the Baltic Sea from over-exploitation during the short tourist season they decided to open new bathing sites in the Lagoon coast. But the quality of the water is not good enough.

The solution?
 A research-based model and plant-living barriers!

This Green and innovative technology that removes nutrients from the water is improving the quality and helping to tackle with the seasonal tourism. 

Northumberland National Park special exhibition
Yours since 1949

The exhibition celebrates 70 years since the creation of UK National Parks’ Principles and takes the visitors into an amazing journey throughout time: The creation of the National Parks and their future. 

Until October 2019, you can visit the exhibition at The Sill, the first National Landscape Discovery Centre in the UK

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