Subject: EUROPARC eNews November 2019

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
October - November 2019
Dear readers,

Just a couple of days ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin wall. The 9th of November 1989 was a turnover in Europe’s history and values. If we could travel back in time, we would see a much different Europe, where values such as freedom, peace and cooperation were a far mirage… 

EUROPARC was founded in such period, 46 years ago, where much of the European identity was yet to be built. Understanding that nature can only be protected through international cooperation - as “nature knows no borders” - we became the “home” of Protected Area professionals, where they can come together beyond politics, cultural and geographical differences. 

As a true embodiment of the spirit of the Fall of the Berlin wall, the Transboundary Parks programme was born. In places where borders create artificial barriers, our Transboundary Parks are working together to manage their shared natural resources, co-operating on a daily basis and building projects to overcome political barriers. To celebrate this date, our Transboundary Parks wrote a special declaration to share their commitment to peace, dialogue and nature protection.

Meanwhile, in this eNews we bring you also the latest policy updates from Brussels, and an overview of the Seminar-Dialogue with DG Environment, which brought once again a fruitful exchange of ideas between our members and several representatives of the European Commission.

You will also find a bunch of events and webinars not to miss, and interesting and inspiring readings for cold and long nights. In any case, keep an eye on our website for new opportunities and announcements, as another busy month is coming – with the Charter Award Ceremony on the 2nd December.

We wish you cheerful readings,


EUROPARC Directorate

Seminar-Dialogue with DG Environment
Brussels, 28 - 29 October

For the 3rd time, protected areas sat with the Commission to share in first hand their experiences in Natura 2000 management, agriculture and youth involvement, and heard the latest Policy updates from Brussels.

Download the presentations here.

As participation is limited, let us know if you would like to participate in the next seminar in 2020. Just drop us a line to
The 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Transboundary Parks Declaration

On the 9th of November - the 30th anniversary of the Berlin Wall Fall,
 the European Transboundary Parks published a declaration highlighting the importance of cross-border cooperation, especially in places where political borders pose artificial barriers to the management of European valuable natural resources. 

EU Policy Updates
Towards a new European Commission

During the first weeks of October, the Commissioners-designates appointed by Ursula Von der Leyen were heard by the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to decide on the suitability of these candidates for the respective proposed positions. The round of public hearings is over and soon, the European Parliament will vote on the full College of Commissioners.

How will the ambitions of von der Leyen’s Presidency for the next five years fit with the interests of European Protected Areas? Read the article on our website!
Master programme in Management of Conservation Areas
Information Afternoons

The Master programme in Management of Conservation Areas (MCA) opens international career paths in the management of Protected Areas, national parks, biosphere reserves or world heritage sites. The programme is offered by the E.C.O. Institute of Ecology together with the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences.

Attend the info sessions to learn more! In Bern, the information afternoon will be held on November 21, and in Frankfurt am Main on November 27.

Read more and contact to register!
G-BIKE: Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems
1st Training School

G-BIKE aims to provide tools for assessing, monitoring and managing the genetic resilience and related adaptive potential of wild and captive populations in the EU. 

The 1st G-BIKE Training School, entitled 'Genomic tools for conservation: a practitioner’s guide' will take place in La Valletta (Malta), between the 20 and 22 January 2020.
Interpret Europe: Call for papers on Heritage Communities
Fostering heritage communities

Interpret Europe now accepts proposals for presentations and interactive workshops for the next Interpret Europe Conference entitled ‘Fostering heritage communities’ that will take place from 8 to 11 May 2020 in Haapsalu, Estonia. 

The Interpret Europe Conference intends to bridge that gap between abstract concepts such as participation and citizenship building and the very practical need to ‘get things done’.

Submit an abstract of your presentation or interactive workshop by 1 February 2020 using the template on!
EUROPARC webinar: Nature conservation in a changing climate
27 November, 11:00 CET

Registrations are open for the next EUROPARC webinar ‘Setting the scene: Nature conservation in a changing climate’, which will take place on Wednesday 27 November, from 11am CET

This session will start a new webinar series focusing on climate change adaptation and protected area management. Climate change from the perspective of a glaciologist will be presented by Jean-Baptiste Bosson, Asters, Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels Haute-Savoie (FR),
 and what it means for migratory birds conservation with Olly Watts from RSPB Love Nature (UK).
Webinar: Sustainable Fisheries in Marine Protected Areas
20 November, 13:00 CET

How to make it possible?

The webinar organised by EUROPARC Atlantic Isles will look at Fisheries assessment for management measures in Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds Marine Conservation Zone in Norfolk, UK, and will be presented by Fiona Tibbit – Marine Lead Adviser, Natural England, and Alice Tebb – Agents of Change Project Coordinator, Marine Conservation Society.

Charter Awards Ceremony 2019
2nd December

We are proud to invite you to the Charter Award Ceremony 2019, our annual high-level event hosted in Brussels, to recognise the work of Protected Areas towards achieving sustainability in tourism. This year we will celebrate the successful applications of 16 EUROPARC Sustainable Destinations, and announce the winners of the Star Awards, rewarding sustainable tourism businesses

The event will take place on December 2nd, from 14:00 to 18:00, in the European Committee of the Regions, kindly hosted by Roby Biwer, Vice-Chair of the ENVE Commission of the Committee of the Regions.
Webinar: Nature and Public Health
5 December, 13 CET

Organised by EUROPARC Atlantic Isles, the Webinar 'Nature and Public Health: the role of health in improving the health of a population' by Dr Willilliam Bird from Intelligent Health will look at how nature experience directly affects our minds and well-being. From cognitive performance to intracellular metabolic changes, Dr. Bird reveals how contact with green spaces can diminish stress levels and positively correlate with a decrease of mental illness, such as depression and anxiety.
From an individual level to a healthier society, nature and access to green spaces can positively shape our feelings of happiness and well-being by impacting the quality of our social relationships. In fact, recent studies show evidence of green spaces as key to reduce health inequalities and improve social cohesion.

Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship
Study Tour outcome

Every year, the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship supports the work of young professionals in protected areas across Europe. Baiba Ralle from Latvia was one of the winners of the Scholarship in 2018. 

Read about her Study Tour, exploring the topic of ‘Communicating Protected Areas in Europe’. Download also the full Study Tour Report and watch Baiba's video!

For those, who would like to apply for the next round of Alfred Toepfer Scholarships, keep and eye on our website!
10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas
Now in 9 languages!

The 10 Good Principles for Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas, launched by EUROPARC Federation in cooperation with the European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS), aim to promote good conduct among outdoor sports practitioners and to lower the impact of outdoor sports on the environment. 

The poster is now available in 9 languages. Download it here and help us spread the word!
Webinar 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe'
Parks as Natural Health Centres

In this webinar, Deborah Prentice from Parks Victoria (Australia) shared with us the how they are developing the original Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative in Australia. 

From Europe, Liesbeth Van Gysegem, from Regional Landscapes Limburg (Belgium) gave us the Flemish perspective in creating a regional Nature and Health network, and Paul Barclay from Cumbernauld Living Landscape (UK) showed us how the Wild Ways Well project is promoting access to green spaces for the a better mental health and well-being. 

The session was moderated by Peter Rawcliffe from Scottish Natural Heritage and Council member of EUROPARC Federation.

#EUROPARC2019 Conference Workshops
Read the outcomes

During the Conference 2019 in Latvia, EUROPARC held a number of workshops to discuss diverse topics relevant for Protected Areas management. In case you have not attended, or want to read about their outcomes, a series of online articles summarise the content of some of these workshops.

DestiMED Footprint Calculator
Measure the Ecological Footprint of your Ecotourism Itineraries

Does your Protected Area offer ecotourism itineraries and sustainable destinations? Find out what is their Ecological Footprint with DestiMED’s Calculator. This free online Calculator, developed in cooperation with the support of the European programme Interreg-MED, enables to measure and monitor the Ecological Footprint, based on the 4 main aspects of an ecotourism package, i.e. accommodation, food & drinks, mobility & transfer activities and services.


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