Subject: A Youth Manifesto for Europe's Protected Areas | eNews July

EUROPARC Federation eNews
July 2018

Dear readers,

July was dedicated to Young people in the EUROPARC Federation. Laura Peters was re-elected by her peers as the Youth Representative in EUROPARC Council, and will be joining all Council meetings over the next two years. Meanwhile, the 17th International Junior Ranger Camp gathered over 40 participants from 13 countries in Müritz National Park (Germany) while the youngsters involved in the Youth Manifesto Project met for the second time in Finland to finalize the document that will be presented in EUROPARC Conference 2018. 

In this 3-minutes video, Steffi Burger, EUROPARC Policy and Communications Assistant, will tell you all about the Youth Manifesto Project. If you are interested in youth involvement in Parks, you have to meet us in the Cairngorms National Park in September, where "European Parks will be Inspired by the next Generation". Learn all about the EUROPARC Conference 2018 and the parallel Youth Conference at

Book your place today, 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...

> EUROPARC President meets Al Gore in Berlin

> MANUAL and TOOLKIT (in Spanish): Climate Change Adaption in Protected Areas
Special edition EUROPARC Youth Manifesto
A EUROPARC Youth Manifesto
Youth taking the Lead for Nature – Shaping Protected Areas & Rural Communities!

After an inspired first workshop week in the Cairngorms National Park, drafting the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto, the young participants have gathered again between 17th and 21st June to for a second workshop to finalize the document and start planning its roll-out in September 2018!

This time, youngsters met in the Finish town of Kalajoki with some new faces joining the project. Participants were lucky to arrive in time to experience the final days before Midsummer and, being quite outdoorsy folk, they made good use of the daylight until late, going for walks and exploring the near-by seaside. While enjoying the peaceful surroundings and exchange, the young people were in Kalajoki for a mission: They had come to finish writing the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto and to prepare for its official launch at this year’s EUROPARC Conference 2018 in Cairngorms National Park.

At EUROPARC Conference in September, the Manifesto youth will make themselves heard and seen in a main presentation on stage, 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. 
 Make sure you register to the Conference and get „Inspired by the Next Generation“. For young people (below 30 years) there is a reduced rate available and youngsters will get the chance to join our Youth Conference including some outdoor training workshops happening besides the main Conference. 

Share this info also with youngsters from your Protected Area, come together to the Conference and take the opportunity to connect, learn and exchange ideas with youngsters from across Europe!

News from your BRUSSELS representation
Cultural Heritage in Europe
Conference: Linking Past and Future

The European Parliament, in cooperation with the Culture and Education Committee, organised a High-level conference entitled “Cultural Heritage in Europe: linking past and future”. The meeting brought together political leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders, as well as 44 high-level speakers that were invited to participate in three-panel debates: Cultural Heritage and Europeanness; preserving and promoting Cultural Heritage; and innovation and the economic potential of Cultural Heritage.

As highlighted in the European Commission’s spotlight publication on the Year of Cultural Heritage, approximately 300,000 people work directly in the EU’s cultural sector and the sector is indirectly responsible for the creation of around 7.8 million jobs.

EU Horizon 2020
Updated calls for 2018-2020

The EU's research and innovation programme - Horizon 2020 - has been recently updated, towards implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. An increased attention to climate action and sustainable development has been given. Protected Areas might find opportunities under the points "12. Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials" and "8. Health, demographic change and wellbeing". 
All information is available at: 
Reporting Greenhouse gas emmissions
New guidance for EU member states

The Directorate-General for Climate Action published new guidance for forest reference levels, to support the EU Member States in complying with the ‘LULUCF Regulation' - the basis for reporting greenhouse gas emissions and removals from managed forest land. Download the manual here:

Bridges over troubled water: nature protection of river landscapes
The outcomes of the 10th TransParcNet Meeting

From 5th to 8th June, 70 participants from 14 countries attended the TransParcNet meeting 2018,organised and hosted by Podyjí National Park (Czech Republic) and Thayatal National Park (Austria), supported by the Interreg Austria – Czech Republic.

The theme of this year was strictly connected with the story of these cross-border territories: situated along the Iron Curtain, they started to cooperate during the Cold War to protect the river Thaya (Dyje) against dam building. Since this period, the two areas continue working together with many common initiatives and projects for nature protection and public awareness.

Different experiences, projects and scientific researches were illustrated in the 3 sessions devoted to the management of river ecosystems and river basins and the efforts on cross-border cooperation for water protection. Here you can access the conclusions of the meeting and download the presentations. Check also the photo album here!
“Discover Europe’s wild Heritage”
17th International Junior Ranger Camp

EUROPARC Federation, EUROPARC Germany and Müritz National Park, Germany, welcomed over 40 participants from 9th to 15th July 2018. The camp was hosted at the Environmental Education Hostel “Steinmühle” in Müritz National Park. Young people came from 13 different countries (including a delegation from Israel!) and represented 19 different Protected Areas. They all very nicely presented to the rest of participants their home parks and shared their experiences as Junior Rangers.

Read more about the International Junior Ranger Camp 2018 and check the photo album!
EUROPARC Council Youth Representative
YOUTH+ elected for their youth representative for 2018-2020

We are glad to announce that Laura Peters was re-elected by her peers as the Youth Representative for EUROPARC Council. Laura joined the Council in 2016 for the first two-years mandate, and now, having received only positive feedback by the other Youth+ members, she will be representing the youth perspective for the coming two years.  
"I am very happy to have another two years as the Youth+ representative and am looking forward to working together with all the Youth+, the Youth+ Council and the EUROPARC Council in this period. See you all at the Conference in Scotland!"
Project Kick-off meeting in Brussels

EUROPARC hosted the first meetings for our new LIFE Preparatory project, Supporting e-learning and open education for Natura 2000 Managers. Over four days, 14 representatives from the project partners plus four external experts gathered in Brussels for back-to-back project kick-off and technical meetings. This innovative three-year project explores potential new approaches and learning methods to improve knowledge and build capacity amongst Natura 2000 Managers in both public and private land, across the EU. Taking a competence-based approach, the project enables peers to connect and learn about what Natura 2000 managers need to know and be able to do. Over the coming months, we will be asking for your ideas and insights, so stay tuned! 
EUROPARC President meets Al Gore in Berlin

EUROPARC President Ignace Schops was invited to the closing panel of the last Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, an initiave organised by Al Gore's Climate Reality Project. Ignace spoke to over 750 people in Berlin about the had the chance to speak about the relation between climate change and biodiversity loss and emphasized how protected areas help to temper global warming. Read the full story here.

Climate Change Adaption Toolkit and Manual

To support Protected Areas technicians and decision makers to better incorporate actions for climate change mitigation in their management plans, EUROPARC Spain launched a practical manual in 2017, and the second and revised version has now been published. 
The Manual Adaption to Climate Change in Protected Areas is available in Spanish, with executive-summary in English. A technical toolkit was also produced, making the information better accessible online.

Call for case studies on Forest Management

EUROPARC Spain, with the project Life RedBosques, is looking for new forest management models, combining scientific knowledge on conservation and adaptation to climate change. Although a large body of high-quality scientific literature is available, it needs to be effectively translated into actual management practices. EUROPARC Spain will then produce several technical tools for Protected Area professionals, so if you have good practices to share, please download the form, fill it and send it back to redbosques @ Thank you for your contribution!

Good to know

Large Carnivores
Facilitating Coexistence with the Iberian Wolf: Lessons from Spain

The conflict between conservations and livestock producers has, in the recent years, threatening both the survival of extensive livestock farming and wolf conservation. To tackle the problem, a working group named “Campo Grande Group”was settled and after a long process of debate and collaborative work, the first set of agreements for the species came to live. The ‘Declaration of Campo Grande Group‘ was presented last week in the Royal Botanic Garden (RJB-CSIC) in Madrid, and introduces practical solutions to reduce the conflict between conservationists and farmers. Download the Declaration in English here.
World Ranger Day 2018 
Do you Stand with the Rangers?

The World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide tomorrow to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. To show your suppport organise an event or share a photo of your Park Rangers with the World Ranger Day poster on your social media accounts! Downloads and all information available at:

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