Subject: EUROPARC Conference 2018 in Scotland | Health & Protected Areas Toolkit | eNews April

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
April 2018

Dear readers,

April is fading away and a busy May is about to start... Hopefully by now, you have already organised your events to celebrate the European Day of Parks! In and around the 24th May, we wish that every European citizen has the chance to celebrate the cultural and natural diversity of our Parks... but for that, we obviously need your help. Please register your events here, together we raise the value of Parks in Europe! 

This month we introduce you Stefania Petrosillo, Policy Officer of the Federation working from our office in Brussels, who will share with you our latest Health Toolkit and EUROPARC position in the "Future of CAP" debate.Throughout the year, you will meet each one of EUROPARC directorate member, who will bring you the news in their native language. It's our special way to celebrate diversity, in this European Year for Cultural Heritage!

Meanwhile, registrations to EUROPARC Conference 2018 are open! This year we will be welcomed in the amazing Cairngorms National Park for an authentic immersion in the Scottish tradition... Between the 18-21 September, meet us in the UK's largest National Park, to build up our "European Parks: inspired by the next Generation". 

Happy readings,
Your Directorate team
In this issue...
special: EUROPARC Conference 2018
Registrations are open! EUROPARC Conference 2018
European Parks: inspired by the next generation
Reconnecting people with nature is a hot topic and EUROPARC Conference 2018 will focus on how the next generation can inspire us to reach that goal. It is important that we bridge the generation gap and have that discussion alongside the youth of Europe... So we urge you to BRING ALONG A YOUNG PERSON from your park or region. A special conference youth rate and workshop is included for them.

An opportunity to share your projects & results!
The EUROPARC Market place is the right place to network, find new project partners, but also to promote the results of your project! If your project is relevant to Protected Area and Natura 2000 managers, you won't find a better event to promote your outcomes. So do consider to book a stand in our Market place!

Check out the website for full details and follow us on social media for up to date news and information on your conference and Scottish experience!

News from your BRUSSELS representation
EU Green Week 21st - 25 May 2018

Annually, the European Commission organises the EU Green Week focused on a relevant topic for environment protection and the livelihoods of European citizens. This year, with the themeGreen Cities for a Greener Future”, a series of events and conferences will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. 

As per usual, EUROPARC will contribute to the EU Green Week, this time with a dedicated webinar and the contribution to one of the workshops taking place in Brussels, focused on green infrastructure. biodiversity and the role of Periurban Parks.
Building Green Infrastructure: from the protection of single Periurban parks towards the setting-up of a large green territorial system 

The EU green infrastructure is mainly constituted by the Natura 2000 network and the green corridors connecting these protected sites among them. However, in highly urbanised territories, the deployment of such green infrastructure is not an easy task. Urban sprawling and the presence of a large number of infrastructures difficult connectivity among the few open spaces left. 

In this webinar, we will showcase how two different geographical realities – a compact city of 250,000 inhabitants and a diffuse metropolitan space of 3.2 M inhabitants – are implementing their green infrastructure, starting from the protection of single pieces of land and seeking to connect them, over time, to other spaces that have followed the same process. Read more about the case studies here

Participation is free but registration is mandatory, register here.
European Protected Areas & Sustainable Agriculture

The EUROPARC position paper “European Protected Areas & Sustainable Agriculture: Working in Partnership for Biodiversity and Rural Development” introduces the role of Protected Areas, illustrated by many successful examples of collaboration with farmers from the EUROPARC network, and reinforces the need for new, better-integrated approaches and more innovative funding mechanisms at regional, national and European level.

LIFE Programme
The call for project proposals is open!

The LIFE programme new call for proposals opened last week. This year, the Commission has simplified the application process and you may apply with a traditional or integrated project. Check out the full details of the call and the deadlines.

European Day of Parks 2018: 
Register your events!

Have you organised your events to celebrate the European Day of Parks? Then it is time to register them! Please do it by filling in this online form, we need your events to make a sound promotion of this special day for Protected Areas!

If you're still looking for inspiration, check the "Guidelines for Parks" and use the promotion tools we've created in your language! All materials are available at

PANORAMA Solutions for a Healthy Planet
Call for Solutions for a Webinar!

IUCN Panorama Solutions and EUROPARC have joined forces to celebrate the European Day of Parks.  If you have a success story from a European PA to share relatedto cultural heritage, please submit it directly on the PANORAMA platform by 29th April. The best solutions will be invited to present at a webinar on the 24th May!
Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships
Last call! 

Are you under 35 working in a Protected Area, NGO or Governmental Agency? Or you are still a student or recently graduated who would like to work for Protected Areas? Then, this might be an excellent opportunity for you! Check the 4 categories available and apply until 4th May

The 3 successful applications will be awarded at EUROPARC Conference 2018, in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland.
Alfred Toepfer Medal
Call for nominations is open!

Annually, EUROPARC honors those who have made a significant contribution to nature conservation in Europe through an experienced body of work and life experience. The winner is nominated by EUROPARC members, selected by the Juri, comprised by EUROPARC Council members and announced at EUROPARC Conference.

Do you have someone in mind who you think deserves recognition for their dedication or achievements in the field of nature conservation and protected areas? Please consider nominating that person for the award.
CEETO Interreg Central Europe
Partners meeting in Budapest

EUROPARC is a project partner in CEETO, a cooperation project within the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme. During the last months, partners have met in Budapest and have been working in cooperation to plan the next workshop on participatory planning, and the necessary actions to test pilot sustainable tourism activities in 8 protected areas in 5 Countries (Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Slovenia). A Handbook with best practices of tourism management tools is being produced, under the coordination of the Hungarian NGO Nimfea, and will be published in the coming months.  
IMPACT Interreg Europe EUROPE 
Designing new management models for Protected Areas

Last month, IMPACT partners had their last Interregional meeting, in Romania. They had the chance to discover the Haţeg Country Dinosaurs Geopark, an UNESCO Global Geopark, that covers 12 communities from the Haţeg Country cultural area, a depression in the Carpathian Mountains. This territory contains extraordinary geological heritage, among with outstand the presence of Dwarf Dinosaurs, which are found only in this region. Participants also visited the Slivuţ European Bison Reserve as part of the study visit, during which the international effort to save the European bison through reintroduction in the wild programs was emphasized. The Meeting also included a conference focusing on "Communication and Awareness Raising of Protected Area’s Role in Preserving Natural Heritage Assets” celebrated in Haţeg.
For more information about IMPACT project, please visit IMPACT Interreg Europe Website.

Resources & Training

On the occasion of the World Health Day 2018, EUROPARC launched a toolkit addressing the health outcomes that Protected Areas can bring to their local communities.  
The toolkit “Health and Well-Being Benefits from Parks and Protected Areas” provides practical advice to set up policy and activities in your Park; brings you the latest evidence, reports and other useful resources; and shares inspiring examples from across the EUROPARC network.

A must-read for all Protected Area staff (including planners, site managers, rangers, and wardens) but also to governmental bodies aiming to develop national and regional policy to leverage health benefits from natural areas. Access it online

EUROPARC Atlantic Isles
Wildfire Webinars

EUROPARC Atlantic Isles and the Moors for the Future Partnership are organising two wildfire webinars to showcase international research and collaborative working to tackle their devastating effects. Register today, participation is free!
1) Rising from the ashes – wildfire conversation, research and prevention in the UK and beyond - Thursday 26th April
2) Adding fuel to the fire: the pivotal role of Fire Operations Groups (FOGs) in wildfire fighting - Friday 4th May 
Planning accessible experiences of nature

"Creating more accessibility essentially means more service
and convenience for all visitors." The guide brings guidance on how to improve park accessibility in terms of infrastructure design, and shares inspiring activities to involve volunteers with mental disabilities.

IUCN & the International Olympic Committee
Sport and Biodiversity

A new guide on Sport and Biodiversity prepared by IUCN and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was launched earlier this month. 

The guide aims to support sports organisations better understanding the impact of their activities on biodiversity and to identify new opportunities to enhance nature conservation. 
Interpret Europe
Training courses on interpretation

Interpret Europe develop a series of excellent training course that will enable those working in or with parks to get the best interpretation possible that will help visitors and communities understand, value and care for their natural and cultural heritage. EUROPARC warmly invites members to send staff and partners to develop their communication skills and rethink and revitalize the interpretation offers of the park.

The next course is in Krakow from June 11th-15th. You can find details here

European Parks Academy
Training for Protected Area professionals

The European Parks Academy 2018 (EPA) is an international training for protected area professionals, organised by IUCN´s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), the research institution E.C.O. and the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt. The training takes place in Klagenfurt (Austria) between the 16th-28th July 2018 and is is divided in 3 modules - Communications & Branding, Ecological Monitoring and Management of World Heritage Sites. All information at
Good to know

EUROPARC Library of Experience
with Marta Múgica

How is the work in the field of Protected Areas and nature conservation? What advise can be given to young professionals? 
EUROPARC is proud to introduce you our "Library of Experience" a collection of inspirational talks and interviews with experienced professionals from EUROPARC network. This month we bring you an interview with marta Múgica, Director of EUROPARC Spain.
Study Report
Alpine Tundra of the Krkonoše and Tatra Mountains: Lessons for Ukraine

In the Ukranian Carpathians, there are 60 species of arctic-alpine plants extremely vulnerable to global warming. What are the primary threats to them? What is the best European practice in this field that can be applied in Ukraine?
Tymur Bedernichek, a winner of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship, visited the Krkonoše National Park and the Tatra Mountains to find solutions. He shared with us a short video of his trip and an in-depth article about the human impact on the Carpathians since 6000 BC, through the Soviet times, until nowadays. A must-read for all nature conservationists.

WWF Spain launches plan for Green Corridors
"Autopistas Selvages" 

"In Spain, 27% of the territory is protected but there isn't' an adequate connectivity between protected spaces." 

To tackle this problem, WWF España with the support of Mava Foundation, launched a national strategy proposal for ecological corridors connecting Protected Areas and Natura 2000 sites. (only available in Spanish).
International Workshop
Coastal Dunes and Sandy beaches management & restoration

Within the framework of the project LIFE+FLANDRE on the protection and management of transboundary coastal dune complex between Dunkerque and Westende, an international workshop is taking place between the 12-14 June. You will experience dune restoration in real life, network with colleagues, and discuss opportunities for further collaboration. Register before May 14, all information here.

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