Subject: Health in Parks: the outcomes of EUROPARC Conference & invitation to our next webinar! (24 Oct)

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EUROPARC Conference 2019
A final wrap-up...
The EUROPARC Conference 2019, the key event for Protected Area professionals in Europe, is annually hosted by one of our members. In 2019, the Environment Agency of Latvia  was the host of an amazing Conference that took place in Jūrmala, a coastal city on the outskirts of Kemeri National Park.
Watch the film below, check the online photo album...

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Nature on your Mind: Understanding our Values
4 days, 370 participants from 40 countries and 1 question: how can we put nature on our mind?

This year, the emphasis of the Conference was on the role of nature in human health. We challenged our Delegates to find solutions in the form of “Green Prescriptions”, that will help us increase the value of nature across multiple sectors of our life: politics, business, health, arts and the creation of spaces.

14 thematic workshops were looking from a different perspective at the role of Protected Areas. Delegates identified the 3 main challenges in their area of work, and captured them in the form of “EUROPARC Green Diagnosis”.

What happens after a diagnosis? Prescription to solve the problem!

In a second working session, our delegates embodied the profile of a Protected Area Doctor to find nature-based solutions for the diagnosed diseases of each sector. 5 participatory working sessions took place, and the EUROPARC Green Prescriptions came to life!
Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe
The Jūrmala Communiqué

Based on the outcomes of the Conference, and with the precious input of EUROPARC Health & Protected Areas Commission, we’ve launched the Jūrmala Communiqué, a first step towards the creation of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) initiative Europe.

The HPHP programme will support EUROPARC members to develop policy, practice and partnerships in order to build stronger relations with the health sector

EUROPARC Webinar on October 24, 11:00 am CEST

Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Realising the potential of Protected Areas and Parks as "Natural Health Centres"

In the next EUROPARC webinar, you will learn more about the background to the development of the Communiqué and how it will be taken forward in practice. Hear first-hand about the experience of the original Healthy Parks, Healthy People programme developed by Parks Victoria in Australia and find out more about the key steps that Parks and Protected Areas across Europe are taking to contribute to this agenda.

Participation is free but registration is needed! Join us online on the 24th October and help us shape the development of this exciting new programme moving forward.
Plenary Session
The Plenary Session is the key inspirational moment of EUROPARC Conferences. Divided in the 5 key topics of the Conference – Politics, Business, Health, Arts and Creation of Spaces – our invited guests sparked our imaginations and challenged our minds… Below, you can watch the recordings of each speaker.
Nature on your Mind - in Politics

To welcome our guests in Latvia, Edvins Balsevics, state Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia, opened the session highlighting Latvia’s vision for nature conservation.
Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President, followed Mr Balsevics, with some inspiring words on the power of nature to spark intense emotion in people, and called for an ‘Earthshot’ to dedicate ourselves to our dependency on nature
Elina Pinto, Adviser of the President of Latvia on Modern State and Sustainability Issues showed us how Latvia’s Constitution is a front-runner in promoting sustainability and environmental conservation.
Rauno Väisänen, former Executive Director of Parks & Wildlife Finland, shared his 40 years of experience in government positions working for nature gave us precious tips on how to adapt our messages, to ensure nature is a priority in politicians and decision-makers mindset.
Nature on your Mind - in Business

Two young entrepreneurs, Anete Vabule, deputy director of Madara Cosmetics, and Mara Lieplapa, the creator of Plukttea (who was also the European Young entrepreneur of the Year!) showed us how nature is at the core of their businesses

From natural cosmetics to organic tea, these two entrepreneurs not only have nature on their mind – they make nature the inspiration and key ingredient of their business-model.

Nature on your Mind - in Health

Dr. William Bird from Intelligent Health and author of “Nature and Public Health: the role of health in improving the health of a population“, showed us how nature experience directly affects our minds and well-being.

Nature on your Mind - inspiration in music and arts

Silvija Nora Kalnins was invited to show us how art and music can bring us closer to nature. Her project “Nature Concert Hall”, which over the last 10 years has been widely awarded for its ingenuity, combines science, art, education and nature protection.

Nature on your Mind - Creation of shapes and environments

Simon Bell, Landscape Architect, and Professor at the Estonian University of Life Sciences introduced us to the world of planning and design of green spaces. From strategic to operational planning, Bell showed us several examples of biomimicry and true integration of man-made items into designed spaces, as well as wise solutions for sustainable co-existence of man and nature.

EUROPARC Awards
Celebrating success is one of the fundamental values of the EUROPARC Federation. Every year, on the last day of our Conference, we invite delegates to celebrate with us…
We look forward to seeing you next year in Austria!

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