Subject: eNews: Coming Networking events | Special EUROPARC Conference

EUROPARC Federation eNews
October 2017

Dear readers,

Exactly one month ago many of you were in Portugal with us at the biggest event of Protected Area professionals! This year, the EUROPARC Conference took place in the Magic Mountains region in Portugal. An intensive 5-days programme, packed with great networking opportunities, warm summer temperatures, genuine smiling faces and the delicious Portuguese gastronomy... When we look back, even after the hundreds of kms up and down the Magic Mountains, the feeling couldn't be better! And today we bring you a sweet memory of the Conference highest moments!

For those who couldn't join us there, we have coming networking opportunities for you! The Charter Network Meeting will take place in the end of this month and registrations are still open! Or you can join us in the next Biogeographical Seminar on Management of Mountain Forest Habitats, that will take place in Czech Republic in the beginning of November.

If travelling might be hard for you, don't worry, you will have online opportunities too! After a summer break, our Webinar series is about to start! So keep tuned (website, facebook, linkedin or twitter). Soon the invitations will be out!

Wish you happy readings,

Your EUROPARC team

In this issue...
Special: EUROPARC Conference 2017

*** Watch the Conference Film and the Photo Album ***

Over 300 delegates from across the globe (yes, you read it well, we had 37 nationalities represented, including countries such as Brazil, Egypt and the United States) went home enchanted by the Magic Mountains, after a wonderful and intense (!) 5-days Conference in Portugal. 

There is so much to tell that is hard to start (so better click on the links below to find out everything in detail...)
The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development announced by the United Nations for 2017 was also an important background reference for some of the discussions held in the technical workshops and speakers corner. After all, we were welcomed in a Charter Area...! (the Magic Mountains were awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas in 2013)

The EUROPARC Conference 2017 was hosted by ADRIMAG, an organisation actively working for the sustainable development of the Magic Mountains region - right in the heart of Portugal. If you want to follow their work, visit: or EUROPARC expresses its profound gratitude to ADRIMAG, for their commitment and excellent organisation!

Conference highlights

The New Voices, New Visions, New Values for people and Nature in Europe

During the plenary session and the Presidents and Mayors meetings we had fruitful discussions about the fundamental role of political institutions (at local, regional or national level) and how we need a new mindset to overcame the environmental challenges ahead of us. 
At the workshops, we defined priorities, listed benefits and good practices and got inspiration - to return to our parks, desks, organisations, highly committed in making the difference. The Conference Report, that will soon be available will better elaborate on the Conference conclusions, for now, take a look at the outcomes of the Plenary Session.

The EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy at EUROPARC Conference

The "EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy" was highly presented at EUROPARC Conference. Firstly, with a welcoming message from Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, followed by a detailed presentation by Mr. Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital within the DG Environment; and a technical workshop with the participation of Mr Micheal O'Briain, Deputy Head of Nature Unit, DG Environment.

Special Participation: the Goldman Environmental Award

This year, we had some very special guests: 15 European holders of the Goldman Environmental Prize Award - the "Nobel Prize" for nature conservation... - and the representatives of the Goldman Prize Foundation.
Every year, the Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. 
Learn more about it at: 

and the next conference is...

... in Scotland! (click on the image above to be amazed...)

The theme ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ will focus on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations. Matching the ‘Year of Young People’ designated in Scotland for 2018, the conference will call for young people to be more involved in decision making, volunteering, working and living in Parks.

save the date: 18-21 September 2018

 We look forward to seeing you in the Cairngorms National Park!

Networking Opportunities
10th Charter Network Meeting 

Date: 25-28 October 2017
Location: Isola del Gran Sasso, Italy

The theme of the meeting will be “Charter for Sustainable Tourism: Working to support recovery and renewal” following the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development,

EUROPARC Federation, Federparchi-EUROPARC Italia, and the Gran Sasso National e Monti della Laga National Park invite ALL Parks, agencies, tourism businesses and tour operators involved or interested in sustainable tourism in protected areas. We will be meeting in Isola del Gran Sasso (IT), Sanctuary of San Gabriele, for an intense programme with interesting keynote speakers and technical workshops. Among the highlights, we will be introducing the new Charter Logo!

The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process Networking Seminar

The management of mountain forest habitat types in Natura 2000 sites: experience and case studies from the Continental Biogeographical region

Date: 7–9 November 2017
Location: Šumava National Park, Czech Republic

In the course of recent years, the management of mountain forest habitat types has become a challenging priority for managing authorities at European level. Particularly in the Continental region, managers are being confronted with several issues, mainly related to bark beetle infestations, water regime maintenance, and restoration and, in many cases, also the need to plan and structure cross border cooperation regimes. 

EUROPARC, in cooperation with the Šumava National Park (CZ), and with the support of the EUROPARC Central Eastern Europe Section, organises a Networking Seminar to address issues related to the management of Mountain Forest Habitats in the Continental Region.
The two days seminar, addressed to managers, experts and authorities with responsibilities for site management, will give the opportunity to exchange practical experience in management of mountain forests as part of Natura 2000 sites. New scientific findings will be presented, contributing to improve the understanding of natural processes in mountain forests in the Continental region. Participation in the Seminar is free but limited places are available, so register as soon as possible.

FEDENATUR officially integrates the EUROPARC Federation

The members of FEDENATUR – the European Association of Periurban Parks, approved in Portugal during their general assembly its integration into the EUROPARC Federation.
“Today, FEDENATUR dissolves. Today, thanks to your and our joint effort, FEDENATUR is born again within a big project that allows us, deliberately and consciously, to bring its background of identity, expertise and its visions for the future, within the big house of EUROPARC – a big, shared house of which we are proud to become part of." said Roberto Della Rovere, President of FEDENATUR. 

EUROPARC at the Nature & Sport Euro'Meet

EUROPARC participated in the biggest meeting of Outdoor Sports, organised by ENOS, the European Network of Outdoor Sport. Among the keynote speakers, EUROPARC Spain made a presentation about the "capacity of public use reception".
EUROPARC and ENOS will be looking at possible guidelines for better trails design, that can promote healthy walks whilst minimising environmental impacts. Any contributions from our membership are highly appreciated.

EUROPARC at the European Conference on Heritage Interpretation

Making Connections - Re-imagining Landscapes was the theme of the European Conference on Heritage Interpretation, that took place last week in Inverness, Scotalnd.  
How can Heritage Interpretation help to shape our common future? was one of the discussion topics that Carol Ritchie, EUROPARC Executive Director, presented last Friday 6th October - the World Heritage Day. The Conference was organised by Interpret Europe, the Association for Heritage Interpretation and Cairngorms National Park
News from your BRUSSELS representation
Common Agricultural Policy
The discussion continues in Brussels

How to make an effective use of support possibilities for Natura 2000 under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) was the main discussion theme of the workshop about Natura 2000 and Agriculture, that took place in Brussels in the end of September.
Good practice examples were presented at the event, with the potential of Results-based Agri-environment Schemes highlighted. Agri-environment schemes are effective means to deliver nature conservation objectives while acknowledging that farmers’ engagement is key to their success. Read more about the workshop here.

CAP performance Launched Annual Activity Report 2016
On the 25th September, during the "Commission Agriculture of the European Parliament" meeting, Jerzy Plewa, Director-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission (DG AGRI), presented to MEPs the “Annual Activity Report 2016 – CAP performance”. The report details achievements, initiatives taken and the financial and human resources spent during 2016. Download the report here.
Tourism Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector

The European Commission Directorate-General GROWTH International Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, published the 2017 version of the Guide on EU funding for the tourism sector (2014-2020). The document can be downloaded here.
The guide has a useful compilation of all EU funding sources, both for the private and public sector, to start, improve or develop tourism-related activities. It gives practical answers on the type of actions supported, funding source available, and eligibility for each fund. Across the guide, you will find inspirational examples, to better help you choose the correct funding tool. The manual is also available in other European languages. Read more about it here.

International Tourism Day High-Level Conference in the European Parliament
The European Parliament hosted a high-level conference in Brussels on 27th of September 2017, as a celebration of the International Tourism Day, themed ‘A European strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry’. 
Facing the growth of the tourism sector in Europe, Commissioner Karmenu Vella (who was also Minister for Tourism in Malta for 2 mandates) stressed that it is crucial to plan efficiently and take the right decisions. "Europe is the first tourism destination in the world, but this is not enough: it has to be the first sustainable tourism destination." Read more about the conference here.
EUROPARC Team New intern in our Brussels Office!

Steffi Burger joined EUROPARC team in Brussels last week, for a 5 months internship. Steffi is a student of International Relations and Management and she will be supporting the policy work of the Federation. Welcome Steffi!


Transboundary Parks 2 Transboundary parks Awarded in Portugal!

Every year during EUROPARC Conference we celebrate success with our Transboundary Parks at the Transboundary Parks Award Ceremony
In 2017, 2 members of the network were successfully re-evaluated, proving that working together for nature regardless political boundaries leads to better management of protected areas. 

The Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland Transboundary Parks (DE/CZ) and the German-Dutch Nature Park Maas-Schwalm-Nette were the Parks awarded. Congratulations!

Charter Award Ceremony Save the date!

In September, the Evaluation Committee of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas was gathered in Hannover to revise all the 22 applications received this year, of which 7 new application and 15 re-applications of Charter Areas.
The meeting was kindly hosted by TUI Group in their Headwuarters, as they are an active member in our Evaluation Committee. 

The Charter Award Ceremony will take place in Brussels, in 7th December at the European Parliament. Soon more details about the programme will be announced.
IMPACT INTERREG EUROPE Special presentation in Portugal

Representatives of IMPACT Interreg Europe organised a special discussion session during EUROPARC Conference. “Open dialogue: where are the limits of socio-economic development in protected areas” was the theme of the meeting, that counted with 16 park and institution representatives from 12 countries. An interesting example came from the hand of Micheal O'Briain, from European Commission – DG Environment, who stressed the importance of designing management systems that are good not only for nature (with special emphasis of N2000 network) but also for local economies. “The limits for socio-economic activities in a protected area have to be set in the context of the risk and vulnerability of the habitats and species that the area aims to protect.”

Junior Ranger Documentary launched!

Discover the amazing work of the Junior and Youth Rangers!
"A European Tour of Junior Rangers: Working for Nature" is a compilation of videos portraying the activities that some of the Junior Ranger teams carry out to protect endangered habitats and species in our continent, learn the basic skills to make their way through nature and disseminate their knowledge. Congratulations to all the parks for such an amazing work!

You still have 6 days to apply! Get the recognition you deserve in one of the 5 categories available: Conservation, Socio-economic Benefits, Communication, Reconciling interests/perceptions, Cross-border Cooperation and Networking. 

The World Travel & Tourism Council has oppened the 2018 edition of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Anyone working towards a more responsible tourism sector can now apply in one of the five categories – Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation and People. 

The Awards are open to individuals, organisations and destinations of all sizes, and winning is one of the best ways to bring your initiative to a wider audience, showcasing best practice to governments and other business, as well as instilling pride and motivation in those who work on your efforts. To apply, visit:

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