EUROPARC eNews February 2014
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12th-15th of February 2014
Biofach 2014, World's leading Trade Fair for Organic Food

12th of February 2014
Destination Europe 2020 Conference

20th of February

20th - 21 of February
The 5th Klagenfurt Days of Protected Areas

24th-25th of February
International Conference on Regional Climate Adaptation and Resilience towards Climate Adapted and Resilient Regions

3rd of March
Healthy Oceans - Productive Ecosystems: A European Conference for the marine environment

12th-17th of May
The John Muir Conference 2014

3rd - 6th of June
EUROPARC TransParcNet Meeting 2014

Find more events and event details in our online calendar!



LIFE and Soil protection

This publication provides an opportunity to highlight and assess LIFE programme's contribution to soil protection to date, including proposals for ways in which project outcomes may be better channelled and have an even greater impact in future. With issues such as erosion, soil sealing, carbon capture and contaminated land of growing public concern and policy focus, this brand-new LIFE Focus publication takes a timely look at LIFE and Soil protection. 

Lernen, mit dem Wolf zu leben - The return of the wolf to Central Europe provides stakeholders such as farmers' organizations, hunters and agriculture with new challenges. What is a great success for the nature and wildlife conservation creates problems for livestock farmers because an unprotected sheep or goat can easily become a prey for wolves. This new publication from the WWF is the first guide that provides valuable information on how to deal with the return of the wolf and ensure that wolves find their place in our nature.

European bat population trends – A prototype biodiversity indicator
This technical report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) considers the state of bat populations in a handful of countries across Europe. It brings together for the first time data from, Latvia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the German states Bavaria and Thuringia
Building a green infrastructure for Europe – a NEW EU publication

Investing into green infrastructure makes sound economic sense – a single area of land can offer multiple benefits, provided its ecosystems are in a healthy condition. Such healthy ecosystems, which are powered by the diversity of life within them, provide society with a stream of valuable, economically important goods and services such as clean water and air, carbon storage, pollination etc. They also play a central role in fighting climate change impacts by protecting us against floods and other environmental disasters. Download it here

Nature’s Peace – A Celebration of Scotland’s Watershed

Embark on a journey and celebrate Scotland’s Watershed with “Nature's Peace”, a new book intended as a reflection and homage to John Muir’s important and inspiring legacy and vision of nature.



Project Officer based in Sheffield - The Conservation Volunteers
OFFRE DE STAGE - « Exploitation de photographies thermographiques
Young Volunteer placements, Northumberland National Park
Senior Environmental Consultant

Stage Valorisation d’un projet de trame écologique, Scarpe-Escaut
Policy advisor in Environmental Affairs, Plant Protection and Contaminants
Conservation Department Assistant

Brussels News

The 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP) to 2020
The New Environment Action Programme, entered into force in mid-January, will be guiding European environment policy until 2020 and it introduces a long-term vision for 2050 to address core issues. It is built on the understanding that the economic prosperity and well-being of Europeans depend on the state of health of its natural capital. The 7th EAP is closely linked to other European policy frameworks such as the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU climate and energy package and the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, the roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe. Read more

NEW European Natura 2000 Award
Celebrate and promote best practices for nature conservation in Europe! The European Commission has launched the European Natura 2000 Award aiming to bring the success of the network to the public’s attention and to demonstrate its importance for protecting biodiversity across Europe.
The award recognises good practices at Natura 2000 sites in five different categories: communication, socio-economic added value, conservation, reconciling interests/perceptions, and networking and cross-border cooperation.
Anyone directly involved in Natura 2000 – businesses, authorities, NGOs, volunteers, land owners, educational institutions or individuals – can apply for the award.
Don’t miss the deadline for applications – 18th of February! Read more
LIFE continues to 2020

The New LIFE regulation has been published, establishing the Environment and Climate Action sub-programmes for the next funding period, 2014-2020. The programme also provides a framework for cooperation with international organizations. Read the entire regulation here.

Small steps for greener and fairer CAP must be realised in implementing rules

The European Parliament backed the agreements reached by EU Institution negotiators on the CAP reform 2014-2020 and approved the EU budget under the Multi-annual Financial Framework for the next seven years. By ratifying these packages the European Parliament missed the opportunity to fulfil the demands of EU citizens (1) for a greener and fairer agricultural policy.

For the complete overview and most up to date news from Europe, visit our website, the Brussels news section!


LIFE Corcontica for the Krkonoše Mountains meadows
The project has been helping the meadows in the Krkonoše Mts. (Giant Mountains) since 2012. Its main aim is to restore species-rich Nardus stricta grasslands, which are Natura 2000 priority habitat. Project attention is also focused on two Natura 2000 priority species Bohemian Gentian (Gentianella preacox subsp. bohemica) and small fish called Bullhead (Cottus gobio). The innovative part of the project is development of database that will be used for administration, monitoring and management planning.
In 2013 farming was supported on 11 meadow enclaves involved in the project. Nearly 1.500 pieces of cattle (mostly sheep) grazed on 160 hectares of grasslands and farmers mowed over 150 hectares of meadows. The project also enabled Krkonoše National Park to establish a working crew. Its role is to support farmers and to facilitate subsequent regular management of the meadows. Read more about the project here
Federparchi e Regione Lombardia promuovono strategie e azioni di turismo sostenibile
Giovedì 30 gennaio si è tenuto a Milano un incontro organizzato da Federparchi – Europarc Italia in collaborazione con la Regione Lombardia sul tema la Carta europea del turismo sostenibile nelle aree protette – CETS.
La Cets è promossa e attiva in più di cento parchi europei, di cui 20 in Italia.
Agostino Agostinelli, Vicepresidente di Federparchi, Presidente Parco Regionale Adda Nord, ha spiegato il lavoro e l’impegno svolto da Federparchi attraverso tre filoni: economia verde, innovazione tecnologica e turismo sostenibile.
Il messaggio che Federparchi lancia è l’interesse a fare le cose con la natura invece che contro la natura. E il turismo sostenibile è un pezzo di questo percorso.
Con la citazione “Se vuoi vedere i fiori devi scendere da cavallo”, Agostinelli ci spiega che il modello di turismo sostenibile intelligente comporta necessariamente il rapporto con il territorio. E se non si entra il contatto con il territorio e i suoi abitanti non sarà possibile sviluppare un turismo sostenibile intelligente. Maggiori informazioni
Happy birthday to our Charter member, Forest of Bowland!

2014 marks 50 years since the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For this year, they have been working together with landowners, local experts, businesses and local authorities to provide a range of events and opportunities in order to share with others what makes this such a special place for people and wildlife.
More information.  
Dear Readers
First of all, we warmly wish you a Happy New Year!
We would like to thank all of you in the Protected Area community for your continued support and contributions over the years and wish you a successful and rewarding 2014 full of opportunities and engagement in the protection and conservation of our natural heritage.
Last year was an exciting year for the EUROPARC Federation: 40 Years Working for Nature packed with great events, projects and other activities. Thank you all for taking part!
At the beginning of this new year, EUROPARC is joining forces with the RAMSAR convention to promote the importance of wetland conservation in particular, in relation to agriculture and our Protected Areas. On the 2nd of February we celebrated the World Wetlands Day. We were very pleased to see our EUROPARC members supporting and marking the theme of this year ‘Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth’. If you too have organized an activity in this sense, we would like to hear from you. Your event will be included in an interactive map on Ramsar’s website.
We are also bringing you the latest news from the EU and our partner organisations.
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In 2014 EUROPARC will publish the eNews bimonthly, therefore the next eNews will be published in April. For more regular news on EUROPARC’s activities, please visit our website and social media pages. 

Your Future dialogues! EUROPARC’s greatest Membership consultation is now open for participation!
The current strategy of EUROPARC is due for renewal. The future direction, priorities and governance of EUROPARC will be considered by its members, in a comprehensive and participatory consultation. “Our Future Dialogues” campaign has just been launched, through the online survey, available in multiple languages and open for responses till the 17th of April. All our members are encouraged to participate by expressing their views on different EUROPARC topics. As well as the online survey, a number of regional meetings are being held as focus groups led by EUROPARC Council members, staff or sections. This is the perfect opportunity for members to get together locally and discuss how EUROPARC can work better for them. Look out for the dates and locations of a meeting close to you and follow EUROPARC’s regular updates. More information


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Sustainable Tourism on the European Agenda:
he European Charter
From the 31st of March until the 4th of April, Sustainable Tourism will be on the European Agenda at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm. EUROPARC together with the BfN (the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation) will be involved in a 3 day seminar bringing together representatives of all involved in the Charter for sustainable tourism in protected areas,  to discuss  how to improve the ECST methodology. We look forward to rolling out the updated Charter next year.
Learn more here about the BfN, the INA and the range of seminars they offer.
Sustainable tourism development in protected areas can provide economic benefits to local people and increase the support for conservation of the natural and cultural resources it depends upon.
Get more information and discover here another interesting  publication from IUCN on Sustainable Tourism development in the Transboundary Balkans of the Dinaric Arc region

Across borders throughout Europe 
Save the date for the 6th 
TransParcNet meeting! It will take place from 3rd to 6th June in the Hainaut cross-border Nature Park (B/F). The programme will be available shortly.
To keep standards high, EUROPARC is developing new guidelines for the re-evaluation of its certified Transboundary Areas and applications for re-evaluation from Italy and Slovenia are already within sight.
Cooperation between Podyjí (CZ) and Thayatal (A) National Parks is re-gaining momentum, after a meeting of the new Thayatal director Ludwig Schleritzko with his Czech colleague Thomas Rothröckl

Check our website for monthly news from EUROPARC’s Transboundary Areas.

DBU supports EUROPARC and ProPark (RO) in training protected area staff 
Together with ProPark Foundation (RO), EUROPARC was successful in applying for a project with the Deutsche Bundestiftung Umwelt (DBU) on „Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for protected area managers in Romania“. The project aims at developing, implementing and promoting innovative tools and approaches (on-line learning) to increase knowledge transfer to protected area professionals on nature conservation management. EUROPARC will support ProPark in delivering the project with its vast network of protected area professionals. The project will start in March and last for 30 months. New training ideas will be shared across the Federation network.

Third European Ranger Seminar

The International Rangers Federation - »IRF« and Croatian Rangers Association - »Croatian Rangers« organize in 2014 the third European Rangers training seminar, which will be hosted by the Brijuni National Park. The seminar will be held under the slogan CONNECTING RANGERS ACROSS EUROPE - NEW BEGINNINGS. Read more

Vocational training programmes for young professionals

Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships for
ung European Conservationists now OPEN 

In cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., EUROPARC Federation awards the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to three young promising conservationists with practical experience in the field of conservation and in the work of Protected Areas. The scholarships are given every year to the value of 3.000 EUR each to fund a study visit to one or more protected areas in a European country beyond the student´s home country. Prepare and submit your application here by Thursday, 1st of May!

NatuRegio_Balkans offers a vocational training programme for young professionals (not older than 40 years) working in nature conservation, protected area management and sustainable regional development in selected Balkan
States (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia). The project aims at enhancing sustainable nature conservation and regional development in selected Balkan States, to encourage cross border collaboration and to establish a network of experts in the countries involved. More information

EUROPARC Council meeting in Scotland 
The EUROPARC Council met in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland in January. A very fruitful study visit took place with SNH, and the Cairngorms National Park Authority where council members began to understand the complexity of managing a valuable natural, cultural and economic resource wihere almost all the land is privately owned. Finding partnerships and consensus through a widely accepted strategic plan was a key factor. Our grateful thanks to all at Cairngorms National Park and SNH for such a stimulating and hospitable meeting. Council then got down to business as well as planning the details of the EUROPARC Consultation. "Our Future Dialogues" with the Directorate staff. 


EUROPARC Conference 2014 

Planning is racing ahead for the EUROPARC conference in Killarney National Park, Ireland 28th Sep - 3rd October. An exciting programme "Understanding the Value of Nature" will be invesitgated through good keynote speeches with protected area relvance, in depth workshop looking at practical application and stimulating field trips across the beautiful south of Ireland to see some practical examples. With the conference close to two weekends why not come early or stay late and spend a few extra days in this hospitable and welcoming part of the world. We will be looking out offers and opportunities for EUROPARC members to enjoy the area. So plan to book your EUROPARC conference and autumn break in one! Registration will open in MAY!

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Le parc du Mercantour candidat au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO - Une candidature transfrontalière 
Le Parc national français du Mercantour et son voisin italien Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime ont présenté à la fin de 2013 leur candidature pour un classement au Patrimoine mondial de l'humanité de l'UNESCO.
Cette candidature au titre de "bien naturel" est l’une des très rares candidatures transfrontalières. Outre le parc français du Mercantour, elle concerne le Parco Alpi-Marittime, le Parco Alpi Liguri, le Parco du Marguareis, la Provincia Imperia et l'aire protégée du jardin botanique Hanbury.
Le projet est porté par la structure de gestion du premier parc naturel européen composé du Parc national du Mercantour et du Parco naturale delle Alpi Marittime.
Explore North York Moors National Park – a landscape to care for a place to enjoy
Organisations, businesses and those who live in and around the North York Moors are being encouraged to take part in a promotional campaign aimed at increasing visitors to the National Park. Running this summer, the campaign involves displaying sheep in pink jerseys in a variety of locations to persuade people to explore the area more widely.
'Lost Sheep in Pink Jerseys' will mirror a very successful campaign run last year in the Yorkshire Dales. Visitors will be asked to spot at least three lost sheep and report their sightings on a website to be entered into a prize draw.
The lost sheep, dressed in pink to reflect the National Park's heather moorland, will be on show from 20 June to 20 September 2014. People or organisations willing to display a sheep are asked to sign up by 5 May 2014 at Read more about the campaign here.

Vision for the Natural Environment of Nor
thumberland National Park     
The National Park Authority of Northumberland have developed a draft vision focusing on aspirations for the area's distinctive open moorland habitats, woodlands, wildlife and enclosed in-bye land, and is now available for public review and comment. The final Vision for the Natural Environment will help to shape a new, five-year management plan for the National Park, which is to be developed this year for 2015-20. Land owners, farmers, people who live and work in or like to visit the Park are invited to take a look at this concise report. More information here.


Linking Landscapes - Exploring the relationships between World Heritage cultural landscapes and IUCN protected areas 
As the number of cultural landscapes on the World Heritage List grows, there is corresponding need for capacity development and exchange among site managers and institutions involved in the management, governance and conservation of such areas.
This new study from IUCN reveals the linkages between these two systems of conservation. 

Multimillion pound boost to save UK’s Magnificent Meadows
For the first time in its history, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a unique partnership of conservation organisations and local councils - led by Plantlife – a significant sum for a national project to save the UK’s remaining fragments of meadow. There were once natural wild flower meadows in every parish – today only 2% of the meadows that existed in the 1930's remain. Nearly 7.5 million acres of wildflower meadow have been lost so far and they are still being destroyed.
The Save our Magnificent Meadows project will protect, conserve and restore wildflower meadows and other grasslands across the UK, and will focus on the Fermanagh grasslands of Northern Ireland, the pastures of west Wales, Scottish grasslands from Edinburgh to Aberdeenshire, the calaminarian and whin grasslands of Northumberland and traditional meadows and pastures in southern England.
 Read more about the project here.
Natural parks and Protected Areas for the 21st Century
John Muir inspired people all over the world to “keep close to nature’s heart.” In honour of this truly influential Scots born figure and as part of our Homecoming celebrations, Scotland’s National Parks and conservation bodies have come together to create a one-off conference that will explore the approaches to managing protected areas and national parks in the UK. Are they delivering for our 21st century society?
Don’t miss out on a great chance to examine the viability of John Muir’s principles in the 21st Century and join a glorious event - THE JOHN MUIR CONFERENCE 2014

Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan vous propose des programmes d’entraînement adaptés à votre niveau sportif actuel : Enfilez vos chaussures, il est temps de démarrer l'entraînement !
Consultez ici les guides dédiés à votre préparation physique.


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World Wetlands Day
Wetlands and agriculture


Wetlandsand agriculture
On February 2, World Wetlands Day was celebrated. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general, and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
The 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so it is not hard to understand why the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. And what a great theme for Ramsar, given that wetlands are so often intimately linked with agriculture.
We look also at the impacts of agriculture on wetlands and at some of the successful methods used to reduce the negative impacts, sustain wetland health, and restore degraded wetlands in agricultural landscapes. We have examples of multifunctional agro ecosystems that provide a broad set of ecosystem services – rather than just one product such as grain, fibre, fish or meat – bringing broader benefits for sustainable livelihoods and wetlands. We hope this will help to show the ‘big picture’ to put your national or local situation in context.
The slogan
Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth, placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too of course) to work together for the best shared outcomes.
For millennia, wetlands (and especially floodplain wetlands) have been used directly for agriculture, supplying food, fuel and fibre to support lives and livelihoods. But wetlands are also strongly linked indirectly with agriculture because they often ensure the supply of the water it needs.
Wetlands have often been seen as a barrier to agriculture, and they continue to be drained and reclaimed to make farming land available. But the essential role of wetlands in support of agriculture is becoming clearer and clearer, and successful agricultural practices which support healthy wetlands are coming to the fore.

Member inspirations….
Les Parcs naturels régionaux de France ont participé à la Journée mondiale des zones humides 2014
Le Parc de Corse a organisé des sorties pédagogiques à la journée autour de la lagune de la Palu (site Ramsar) pour découvrir la faune, et notamment l´avifaune, la flore et les activités de pêche traditionnelles pratiquées sur le plan d´eau.
Le Parc Narbonnaise en Méditerranée invite à s’interroger sur l’avenir des lagunes au travers des projections de films suivis d’un débat avec des acteurs du terrain.
Le Parc des Boucles de la Seine normande a organisé deux animations le 2 février sur le thème des cigognes : un premier point d’observation avec un spécialiste des oiseaux du Parc, pour observer les nids de cigognes, ainsi qu’une sortie nature sur un marais suivie d’une séance en salle autour du sujet “comment conserver les cigognes?”. Commentaires, observations et participation active !
Le Parc des Landes de Gascogne a proposé deux balades nature en bord de Leyre et sur le domaine de Graveyron, en évoquant les activités humaines d’hier et d’aujourd’hui qui ont contribué à façonner le milieu.
Le 5 février, le Parc des Volcans d’Auvergne vous invite à la séance de signature d'une convention en vue de lancer la phase d'élaboration d'une opération territoriale en faveur des milieux aquatiques sur le bassin Tarentaine/Chauvet/Crégut/Lastioulles.
Le Parc Périgord Limousin organise le 2 février une sortie découverte de l’étang Grolhier, afin d’observer des oiseaux migrateurs et sédentaires vivant sur la zone.
Le Parc des Pyrénées Ariégeoises et l’Association des naturalistes de l'Ariège vous invitent le 2 février lors d’une une conférence-débat à découvrir les milieux humides du territoire.
Danube Delta - Europe's largest remaining natural wetland with over 300 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish species that find their habitat in its numerous lakes and marshes, the Danube Delta is one of the continent's most valuable habitats for wetland wildlife and biodiversity. The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe, after the Volga. It covers 799,000 ha, 65,000 ha of which are strictly protected. Approximately 80% of the Danube Delta lies in Romanian and 20% in Ukrainian territory. DDBR, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) is member of EUROPARC and working hard to enhance the protection of the wetland recognised by the Council of Europe in 2000. The management strategy deals with the problems of preparation, planning and development of integrating the objectives of biodiversity conservation into policies of socio-economic systems (SES). DDBRA is a member of EUROPARC as well as a Natura 2000 Site (SPA and SCI).
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