Subject: Refreshing summer news ☀️ for nature professionals | eNews

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
July 2019
Dear readers,

Summertime, and the livin' is easy… and although fishes are jumpin' high and the mountains are covered with adventurous hikers, we in the Federation are preparing the next exciting months after summer break… 

In this eNews we bring you not only inspiring articles and the latest updates from the network, but also a full calendar of activities you cannot miss. It starts right in September, with EUROPARC Conference 2019 – the largest gathering of European protected area professionals. This year we will meet in the beautiful Kemeri National Park in Jurmala, Latvia, from the 24th-27th September.

On October 8, we invite you to join us in Brussels, for a special workshop during the EU week of the Cities and Regions. We will look at the role of Protected Areas for the sustainable development of regions, and present the outcomes of the IMPACT project

Between 28-29th October, we co-organise the annual Seminar-Dialogue with DG Environment, an event hosted in the European Commission where EUROPARC members are invited to share their best practice. The objective is to bring together Protected Area professionals and representatives of DG Environment and DG Agriculture to exchange views on how EU policy is being implemented in Parks and Natura 2000 sites. 

And if one of these mornings you rise up singing, willing to spread your wings that will take you to the sky, just take a look at the opportunities ahead… such as the call for members for a brand new EUROPARC Task Force on Climate Change, the open application for the Natura 2000 Awards and much, much more.

We wish you happy readings (and a wonderful summertime!),


EUROPARC Directorate

TransParcNetMeeting 2019
EUROPARC Transboundary Parks Programme

Over 50 participants from 14 countries gathered in Oulanka National Park (Finland) or the TransParcNet meeting 2019, co-organised with Paanajärvi National Park (Russia) between the 10th to the 14th of June. 

"Mutual trust, common passion, and shared vision are the keys for successful transboundary cooperation, despite all borders!"

Topics such as the cooperation with parks in non-EU members countries and how Finland and Russia are cooperating for nature protection were some of the inspiring themes discussed. In the meantime, participants shared not only ideas but also faced another "challenges" such as canoeing along the Patoniva river...

Read the full report and don't miss the amazing album with all the photos of the meeting!
18th International Junior Ranger Camp
Parks Connecting Generations

Between 7th and 13th of July, Lahemaa National Park (Estonia) hosted the International Junior Ranger Camp. From the forest to the sea, our Junior Rangers have lived wild adventures that have made them learn not only about nature but also about themselves...

Cairngorms Youth Steering Group
Actions following the launch of the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto

Cairngorms National Park Authority board has develop a project to take forward some of the suggestions of the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto. This is how the project started:

The Cairngorms Youth Steering Group
Nineteen young people have been recruited to form a steering group

Strengthening Communities Conference
As part of the HIE Strengthening Communities Conference youth members of the Caingorms NP Youth steering group facilitated group discussions.

The roots of the future. Linking environmental education & health for kids in Italy - Article issued by Maurilio Cipparone.

"Pantanello Nature Park" in Italy, is a park dedicated to the the education and the well-being of “kid-rangers”. A place where all educational objectives have been planned to promote more active lifestyles, to fight obesity, to act against video-addiction and to manage attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) effects.

A great example of the global strategy: Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP)
Initiative exclusively dedicated to our young explorers.

Discover how they did it here!
Young Filmmakers competition
Sustainability & Circular economy

Under the project #EUandME, the European Union has launched a young filmmakers competition. Galambos Levente is the winner for the category "Sustainability & Circular Economy" with "Hidden Values", a short film about the meaning of the objects.

"Don't let good things go to waste"

Wetland Conservation and Governance - The case of Mar Menor
Article issued by Carmen Martínez, winner of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship in 2017.

During 2018, Carmen Martinez visited several protected coastal wetlands in Albania, France and United Kingdom, which were similar to the Mar Menor Lagoon ecosystem (Murcia, Spain). 

The objective was to learn about wetland conservation and governance, and compare with existing practices in the Mar Menor lagoon. Based on the study tours, the researcher has produced guidelines and recommendations to boost a sustainable uses of the Mar Menor ecosystems.

“Sharing know-how”
A manual on international cooperation by EUROPARC Germany

The manual is a compilation of good practice being implemented by European Protected Areas in Europe, following a series of study tours. It covers topics such as: Regional development and tourism, accessibility and inclusion, financing strategies, education for sustainable development, and volunteer management.
Natura 2000 Award
Acknowledge your work!

The European Natura 2000 Awards aims to raise awareness about the benefits of Natura 2000 and the importance of biodiversity at EU, Member State and local level. You can choose one of the 5 categories: communication, socio-economic benefits, conservation, reconciling interests-perceptions and cross-border cooperation and networking.

Anyone directly involved in Natura 2000 site management can apply for an Award. Read the Guidelines for application or apply now!

30 Sept. 2019 - Deadline for submissions
March 2020 - Announcement of finalist and public vote
May 2020 - Award Ceremony in Brussels
Why to apply?

Thanks to the Award, previous applicants had the opportunity to open new horizons, promote their activities and raise their profile with governmental bodies and other stakeholders. Read more about the benefits.
Climate Change Task Force
Call for applications

Climate is changing. Should protected area management change too?

To address this question, EUROPARC, Réserves Naturelles de France, and eight other partners have come together in a LIFE Climate Action project called “Natur’Adapt”.

By joining this participatory expert group, you will contribute actively to innovating in the field of protected area management, meet other experienced conservation professionals from across Europe and help to tackle climate change challenges both on the ground and in the policy field.

Would you like to get involved?

Read all the details of the project here. Don't miss the opportunity and apply!
European Bee Awards
Protecting pollinators

The European Bee Award has launched its 6th call for applications! The European Landowners' Organization and CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery invite you to submit your project until Friday 6th of September 2019.
Farmers, landowners, research institutes, academia and private and public organizations with projects related with pollinators conservation can apply. Find your application form here!

MedPAN. Call for Small Projects
Sustainable management of marine turtles

In order to promote and support actions in Marine Protected Areas around the Mediterranean, MedPAN launchs a Call for Small projects. Organisations in charge of the management or working with authorities are suitable to apply.

The call targets the sustainable management of marine turtles.

Applications deadline: September 30 2019

Ķemeri National Park, September 24-27 

Have you secured your place? 

This year we will explore the presence of nature across various sectors and spheres of life. Especially highlighting the role of nature in human health, we will join forces to seek for “green prescriptions” to address and integrate the role of nature in:
  • Politics
  • Business
  • Health
  • Arts and Inspiration
  • Creation of Shapes and Environments
Get the insight into the full Programme, learn about the Speaker and Ķemeri National Park :

Making an IMPACT
Putting Protected Areas at the heart of EU policies for the sustainable development of regions and cities

From the 7th to the 10th of October. Europe celebrates the European Week of Regions and Cities

Under the theme of "Europe closer to citizen", EUROPARC will organise a workshop on the 8th October to share the best practices of IMPACT Interreg Europe, a project focused on Protected Areas as engines for regional sustainable development.

8th October 2019 - Comittee of the Regions

Read more about this workshop here.
YOUrALPS Project Final Conference
Interreg Alpine Space project YOUrALPS

During the conference, participants will discover the overall results of the project and their importance within Mountain-oriented education. 

"(re) connecting youth and mountain heritage for an inspiring future in the Alps"

From 9th to 10th 2019 - Chambéry, France

The conference will include an excursion with on-field activities. Save the date!. Official Website
The Organisation of Biological Field Stations Conference
Raising the knowledge of Natural Processes

For the first time in Europe! The Hoge Kempen National Park (Belgium) will host the yearly conference of the Organisation of Biological Field Stations (OBFS), organised by the Field Research Centre Hasselt University.

From the 9th to the 13th of September

But what is a Field Station? check all the information that you need!.
EUROPARC and DG Environment Seminar-Dialogue

Every year, EUROPARC invites members to showcase their achievements in the European Commission in the Seminar-Dialogue, an event jointly organised with DG Environment. By bringing together our members and representatives of several DGs, we will analyse existing European policies and showcase the challenges and successes of their implementation in the field, by protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. The past 2 editions proved to be a great success, with interesting debates around many topics relevant for Protected Areas. This year, we will be looking at Nature, Rural Development and Tourism together with DG AGRI and DG GROWTH. We look forward to see you in Brussels, 

Between the 28-29th October 2019.

More information and registrations will open soon. If your park/organisation is interested in joining us, please send an email to

Italian Julian Alps: The new UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve

The Italian Julian Alps MaB recently became one of the newest UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Reserve (MaB) established in Italy. UNESCO acknowledged not only the extraordinary biodiversity and amazing landscapes of the area but also the strict relation with Slovenia witnessed by the Transboundary Ecoregion Julian Alps certified by EUROPARC Federation both as Transboundary Park and with the European Charter for sustainable Tourism.

"We wish to have in the future a unique Transboundary Biosphere Reserve of the Julian Alps"

See all the details about this new MaB Reserve here!

We need urgently UN Green Helmets to save our planet!
Article issued by Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President

In the current scenario, where the researches warn of the loss of one million species in the coming decades and knowing that we start to experience the results of the emissions from the eighties and nineties, there is a need for a new Moonshot: Calling for UN Green Helmets. Read the full article here!.

"Educating" wildlife photographers and drone operators

The UK's National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) launched a social media campaign to sensitize photographers and drone users on how to prevent harmful effects in the behaviour of wild animals. "Leave wildlife #Undisturbed! Be responsible"

Follow the campaign on twitter @ukwildlifecrime.

Communication from the European Commission
A Modern Budget for a Union that Protects, Empowers and Defends the Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2017

One every seven years, the EU decides on its future long-term budget.
Europe's want to ensure its future prosperity and its leadership on the global Sustainable Development Goals trough modernised agricultural and maritime policies and dedicated funding for climate action and environmental protection.


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