Subject: [24th October] Webinar: Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe

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24th October, 11:00 (Central Europe Summer Time)

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe

At its recent annual conference in Latvia, the EUROPARC Federation committed to developing a “healthy parks, healthy people” programme for Europe. The Jūrmala Communiqué sets out a range of action required to do this and to realise the potential of Parks and Protected Areas as natural health centres.

The statement builds on the publication last year of the EUROPARC Federation toolkit Health & Well-being Benefits from Parks & Protected Areas which brought together a range of experience from across Europe to highlight the key elements of work required for Parks and Protected Areas to support this agenda.

Parks as "Natural Health Centres"
Our Parks and Protected Areas are a health-promoting asset. They have a crucial role in nurturing healthy ecosystems which are good for nature and sustain our societies. In providing opportunities for people to experience and enjoy nature, they also support the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health and well-being of people and communities across Europe.
In this 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. Find out more about the key steps that Parks and Protected Areas across Europe are taking to contribute to this agenda, and help us shape the development of this exciting new programme moving forward.
The case study presenters will share with us their experience...

...relating to developing a Healthy Parks Healthy People programme, exploring some of the key steps in delivering on this agenda, drawing on the EUROPARC toolkit and providing practical examples of the work currently taking place in Parks and Protected Areas.

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Approach: the Australian experience

by Deborah Prentice, Parks Victoria (Australia)

Deborah Prentice from Parks Victoria is the Diverse Communities Coordinator within the Community Programs Team. 

She has a wealth of experience and expertise in HPHP and will also present on the Promise of Sydney and the IUCN WCPA Health and Well-being Specialist Group.
The Flemish Nature and Health network

by Liesbeth Van Gysegem, Regional Landscapes Limburg (Belgium)
Liesbeth Van Gysegem works for the Regional Landscapes in the province of Limburg, who are protecting and strengthening nature and landscape in the area.

Liesbeth has a background in social sciences and now promotes nature experiences for better health and well being. Her work involves increasing recognition for the role of nature in supporting physical and mental health, creating partnerships and enhancing projects with the health sector.

The Wild Ways Well programme, Cumbernauld – Scotland

by Paul Barclay, Cumbernauld Living Landscape (UK)
Paul Barclay is the Senior Project Officer of the Wild Ways Well Project
On the surface, Cumbernauld appears to be a highly urbanised Scottish ‘New Town’, but in reality the area consists of 50% green space. Facing rising levels of poor mental health and social isolation, Wild Ways Well uses this incredible natural resource to demonstrate that spending time outdoors, amongst nature, helps people whose needs are the greatest.
The Webinar will be moderated by Pete Rawcliffe from Scottish Natural Heritage and Council member of EUROPARC Federation. Pete will introduce the EUROPARC Federation’s Jūrmala Communiqué and highlight how it can help our National Parks and other Protected Areas to realise their potential as “natural health centres”.
The webinar will be held in English and last around 1:15 hours. All participants will be able to share their views and have their questions answered, and directly interact with their webcam and microphone.

Participation is free but registration is needed. Register here!
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