EUROPARC eNews October 2014
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In this issue:


20th – 24th of October

The 8th European Ramsar Meeting

22nd – 24th of October

European Conference: Quality from the Mountains – Prosperity for People and territories

28th – 30th of October

Sustainable Wildlife Management workshop: integrating hunting practices with nature conservation planning

5th-8th November

The first European Land Stewardship Congress

12th-19th November

IUCN World Parks Congress

17th-19th November

EWA Brussels Days and 10th EWA Brussels Conference - Water in the City

25th-26th November

Eurosite & EUROPARC Ecosystem Services workshop

1st-5th December

Communication Training Seminar - Increasing capacity for communicating Natura 2000 sites

9th-11th December

4th International Conference on Tourism Research

Find more events and event details in our online calendar!



Ecosystem Natural Capital Accounts: a quick start package

"The fact that “natural capital” is often overlooked is one of the main causes of biodiversity loss. Integrating biodiversity into measurement frameworks, in particular into national accounting, is a critical precondition for achieving such"- Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary CBD 

LIFE and air quality

The latest LIFE Focus publication highlights the work of the LIFE programme in tackling threats to Europe's air. Titled LIFE and air quality, the 72-page brochure focuses on LIFE's role in helping to effectively and cost-effectively implement the extensive body of EU policy instruments relating to air.  


Marine thematic report

The LIFE Monitoring Team has published a thematic report on marine-related LIFE projects. Subtitled ‘The future of Europe’s seas’, the 116-page study analyses the LIFE programme’s contribution to protecting and improving the marine environment.

The Living Planet Report 2014

The Living Planet Report is the world's leading, science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Knowing we only have one planet, WWF believes that humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for ecology, society and the economy today and in the long term.


Environment for Europeans

Environment for Europeans is published by the Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission. It aims to communicate the priorities and achievements of EU environment policy – including climate change, the LIFE programme and the Natura 2000 network of nature reserves – as well as its impact on citizens' lives and its contribution to the EU goals of smart and sustainable growth.



Biodiversity Lawyer

Chargé(e) de Communication
PNR des Caps et Marais
Chargé(e) de développement «produit touristique»
PNR d’Armorique
Chargé(e) de mission Natura 2000 – Trame Verte et Bleue
Communauté de Communes de Gevrey-Chambertin

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Peak District National Park Authority

Administrative Assistant – Biodiversity Conservation Group

Head of Development Management
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

EU Policy Officer
IUCN European Union Representative Office

Golden eagle research assistants

Fundraising & Development Officer

Brussels News

Mr Karemu Vella new Commissioner for Environment and Fisheries

The Maltese Karmenu Vella will be the new Commissioner for Environment and Fisheries. His position, together with the proposed other 27 Commissioners, was approved on the 22nd of October by the European Parliament.
In a context of extreme pressure for the environment, EUROPARC, in close partnership with other environmental organisations, will continue to cooperate with the EC for the effective implementation of the 7th EAP, and work to ensure that the protection of natural capital, the fight against climate change and the promotion of sustainable economy are kept high in the EC agenda.

European Parliament: Intergroup Climate Change - Biodiversity - Sustainable Development

On the 15th October EUROPARC attended at the European Parliament the launch of the new Intergroup “Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development”. The group, which is being re-established after the elections, will be led by the MEP Pavel Poc, and will continue to be a key platform in the Parliament, promoting initiatives and events on environment and climate related issues, ensuring the active involvement of different stakeholders. EUROPARC welcomes the initiative and will work in close cooperation with the Intergroup, contributing to the political agenda with examples and good practices from within its wide network of protected areas.

Consultations of the European Commission

EUROPARC has recently contributed to the EC Consultation on the future EU initiative on No Net Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services to ensure the future initiative includes a bundle of complementary measures that address the root causes of biodiversity loss, with specific focus in unprotected landscapes. The NNL should include measures to better integrate biodiversity in policies primarily responsible for biodiversity loss (unsustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries, energy and transport developments) and should contribute to improve and enforce the existing legislation, to better conserve biodiversity and avoid future damages across the EU.

Read more here.
Council of Europe

On the 11th and 12th of September EUROPARC attended in Strasbourg, at the Council of Europe, the annual meeting of the Expert Group on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks, an opportunity to share PAs management examples with EU and non EU countries and to discuss the implementation of the Emerald network. More info are available here.
EUROPARC also met with the Secretariat to envisage closer cooperation on issues relating protected areas, such as the Diploma, the Landscape Convention, the European Day of Parks, the Charter for Sustainable Tourism and the Junior Ranger Programme.

Meeting with MEP Renata Briano

On the 13th of October, EUROPARC met with the Italian MEP Renata Briano: an environmentalist, Vice President of the Fisheries Committee and already a good supporter of parks. We had a very positive mutual exchange, with the opportunity to introduce in more details the work of our PAs network and offered our support to contribute to the political agenda of the Parliament.  We would like to thank Ms Briano for her interest and support and for offering to host in December the 2014 Charter Awards.

We are looking forward for a positive and fruitful cooperation.
PAs recognised in the MED programme

EUROPARC has recently been in touch with the task force which is elaborating the new Mediterranean Programme 2014-2020, to ensure the role and function of protected areas is recognised among the priorities of the programme, and appropriate resources are allocated. The Mediterranean transnational cooperation programme, that will involve 13 countries of the EU, has been widely used in the previous period by PAs to implement projects for biodiversity and sustainable development.

For further information contact Federico Minozzi.

EU legislation on Invasive Alien Species 

EUROPARC welcomes the final approval of the Invasive Alien Species regulation. The new legislation seeks to address the problem of invasive species in a comprehensive manner so as to protect native biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as to minimize and mitigate the human health or economic impacts that these species can have.
The legislation foresees three types of interventions: prevention, early warning and rapid response, and management. A list of invasive alien species of Union concern will be drawn up with Member States using risk assessments and scientific evidence.

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


Funding & Searching for partners 

EUROPARC currently has a couple of project ideas in the pipeline and is working together with its member protected areas to develop them into full project proposals.

We are keen to undertake more work in the fields of youth involvement in protected areas, develop the Charter for Sustainable Tourism further and look into synergies between agriculture and protected areas. If you are preparing a project and are still looking for partners, let us know. We might be able to point you in the right direction and find contacts for you from the EUROPARC network. 

Funding opportunities

EU funding for Environment: Info Day Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU framework programme for research and innovation. An information day on the Horizon programme with specific focus on Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials will take place in Brussels on the 17th of November. Read more and register here. NB: If you’re not able to attend there is the possibility to follow the event via web-streaming

Guide on EU funding for Tourism

The European Commission has recently published an interesting guide on EU funding available for Tourism. The document looks transversally at the different EU funding programmes and highlights the opportunities available for the tourism sector on each of them. The guide is available here.

Call for project proposal: Maritime Spatial Planning

The EC has recently launched a call for project proposals on Maritime Spatial Planning, with the aim to strengthen cross-border cooperation among MS in the Black Sea, Baltic Sea and North Sea. Access here the call: deadline 14 November.

Interreg Baltic Sea Region: seminar in Riga

The secretariat of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region organises a two day seminar on 3-4 December 2014 in Riga, Latvia to present the Interreg programming period 2014 to 2020. The seminar will provide a chance to get the freshest information about the new Programme and consultation for project ideas. The 1st call is planned to be launched in the beginning of December 2014.  Access here for registrations and further information.


New National Park opens in Central Finland

Finland's 38th national park recently opened in a lakeland region in Central Finland. Southern Konnevesi National Park will supplement the current network with shore and archipelago areas by waterway routes, and its hilly landscape, old-growth forests, and herb-rich forests typical of the Northern Savo region. Metsähallitus, which administers all national parks in Finland, will work to develop the new park in cooperation with local operators.
More information

Paanajärvi Transboundary Seminar

At the beginning of September, 24 participants from 5 Nordic-Baltic countries: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia  attended a meeting for experience exchange and capacity building on transboundary cooperation in Panaajärvi National Park (RU). The meeting was organised in cooperation between the protected area and Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services (FI), and looked into governance of cross-border nature areas, benefits of transboundary cooperation and EUROPARC’s EUROPARC’s programme Transboundary Parks - Following Nature's Design.

Signature d'une déclaration de coopération des fédérations des Parcs naturels francophones européens

Jean-Louis Joseph, président de Fédération des Parcs naturels régionaux de France, Françoise Erneux, présidente de la Fédération des Parcs naturels de Wallonie en Belgique, Francine Keiser, représentant les Parcs naturels régionaux du Luxembourg et Stefan Müller-Altermatt, président du Réseau des parcs suisses signent une déclaration de coopération des fédérations des Parcs naturels francophones européens. La plateforme de coopération vise tout particulièrement à améliorer l’évaluation des Parcs et la description de leurs prestations afin d’appuyer le positionnement politique des fédérations dans leurs pays et à étendre leur développement au niveau européen et international.
Il existe actuellement 50 Parcs naturels régionaux en France, 9 en Belgique wallonne, 2 au Luxembourg et 15 en Suisse. Les Parcs naturels régionaux français ont eu rôle de précurseurs : les Parcs francophones se sont inspirés du modèle français. La Suisse a notamment créé ses PNR dans sa loi sur la protection de la nature et du paysage de 2007, en reprenant le modèle français. Des contacts sont également en cours entre la Fédération des Parcs français et les PNR du Québec. Plus d’infos


DANUBEPARKS Association founded

On September 12th, the first General Assembly of the DANUBEPARKS Association  took place in Budapest, Hungary, representing the basis for a future cooperation among 12 full members from 9 Danube countries. The election of the Management Board was the core component of the meeting and it represents an important step for taking up work at full speed: Carl Manzano (Donau-Auen /Austria) will serve as President; Eszter Buchert (Duna-Drava /Hungary) and Grigore Baboianu (Danube Delta /Romania) are Vice-Presidents. Thomas Schneider (Riparian Forest Neuburg-Ingolstadt /Germany) was elected Treasurer, while Vlatko Rožac (Kopacki rit /Croatia) is Secretary in the Board. Read more.

Cinque Terre Walking Park

Il CINQUE TERRE WALKING PARK vuole offrire al turista un reale contatto con l’essenza di questo territorio e con le sue molteplici peculiarità. Le visite guidate, previste nell’offerta dei servizi turistici dell’Ente Parco e realizzate dal Consorzio A.T.I. 5 TERRE, si dividono in due tipi: viste turistiche dei borghi ed escursioni guidate con la possibilità di degustare i vini locali. La scelta di offrire le due tipologie è data dall’intenzione di rendere fruibile al maggior numero di visitatori sia la storia e la cultura dei cinque borghi sia la scoperta quell’immensa impresa millenaria che ha generato un territorio antropomorfizzato così unico da divenire Patrimonio Mondiale dell’Umanità (UNESCO). 

Leggi più.

The European Quarry Landscapes Network goes live. Check their website!

European quarries are rich cultural landscapes which also enjoy special natural conditions and habitats, and rich geological and fossil evidence. Stone quarrying is an ancient industry but still a very important one. Stone is at the beginning of European art and architecture, and quarries are vital today for the conservation this heritage. Some quarries have been worked since classical times, providing the stone for Europe’s greatest buildings and urban settings.  Though sometimes abandoned or used as waste dumps, they are rich, evocative landscapes, combining man and nature in a unique manner. 

The Network is an initiative of the city of Teruel, Spain. Read more
Dear Readers


Great outcomes, comprehensive information and easily accessible documentation – that is what we provide you with this first eNews after our biggest and most important annual event, the EUROPARC Conference, held this year in an area of outstanding natural beauty – Killarney National Park, Ireland.  We are bringing you an overview of the key moments and results of the conference and hope you all agree - it has been a fruitful event that not only will remain in our memories for a long time, but will also provide a framework for the further development of the Federation.
International cooperation is in the spotlight this month once again, as the IUCN World Parks Congress - world’s most influential gathering of people involved in protected area management will be taking place very soon - from 12th to 19th of November. EUROPARC, as an umbrella organisation, is uniquely positioned to represent the European Protected Areas, therefore our feature is dedicated to this major international event and our special contribution to the Congress.

Enjoy our monthly feature, and news from your fellow Protected Areas. Do get inspired by what others do! We are also bringing you the latest news from the EU and our partner organisations.  If you have any suggestions or material you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to do so. 

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Hope you enjoy reading

Your EUROPARC team
Loch Looscaunagh - Killarney National Park

EUROPARC Conference 2014

EUROPARC’s prestigious international conference was hosted this year by the Ministry of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in the beautiful Killarney National Park, Ireland. From 28th of September until 1st of October, EUROPARC’s members, guests and delegates from across Europe considered the values and benefits that protected areas provide for society.
Peer learning, best practice examples, valuable feedback, exchange of ideas and amazing outdoor experiences – all were made possible at the EUROPARC Conference through plenary sessions, interactive discussions, workshops, keynote speeches and diverse field trips. Delegates gained knowledge and tools to better assess the economic Value of Nature. The work of Metsähallitus and IEEP not only showed the political necessity and role that protected areas have in moving towards a green economy but also that the value of a national park can be 10 Euros into the local economy for every 1 Euro invested. The urgent need to communicate the Value of Nature to the wider public was also emphasised, if people are to gain the physical and mental benefits of reconnecting to the natural world. If you have missed any of the keynote speeches or you are interested to gain an insight on all the workshops, please visit our Conference pages.

Another core component of this year’s Conference was the EUROPARC annual General Assembly where delegates from 22 countries got together to review the work of the Federation, discuss important annual reports and most importantly, elected a new council and adopted a new EUROPARC strategy, in which the Federation committed to work for our natural and cultural heritage, to improve and champion the policy and practice of Protected Area management, in order to deliver sustainable nature, valued by people.
Our grateful thanks to the organising team for such a hospitable and successful event that stimulated new plans, ideas, partnerships and initiatives across EUROPARC’s international network of Protected Areas.

To see the official pictures from EUROPARC Conference 2014, please follow this link
The 2015 EUROPARC Conference, will take place in the last week of October 2015 in Regensburg, Germany. More information will follow soon. Stay updated on our website


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New leadership for the EUROPARC Federation
On the 29th of September, at the General Assembly in Ireland, EUROPARC members made their choice for a new President – Ignace Schops (BE), five Council members - Kaja Lotman (EE), Olaf Ostermann (DE), Michael Hosek (CZ), Paulo Castro (PT), Vittorio Alessandro (IT), Dominique Leveque (FR) and a new internal auditor – Roger de Freitas (UK). Together with the valuable work of EUROPARC’s membership and network, they have an ambitious plan working together across Europe, to ensure the work of protected areas is recognised and at the forefront, meeting the challenges of climate change, biodiversity management and sustainable development.

Following his election Mr. Schops said, “I am so proud! Representing the biggest network in Europe is a privilege for me. I will take the responsibility and the leadership to prove EUROPARC Federation is the leading organization in pan-Europe, related to Protected Areas, the natural and cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and transnational cooperation”. He continued stating he was eager to “help EUROPARC become the biggest, strongest and most friendly umbrella network in Europe and a standard for the European policy”. 

See more information about our new president here and find out more about our new Council here.
EUROPARC's new 6-year strategy approved!
After numerous steps and thanks to a great participatory consultation campaign – “Our Future Dialogues”, EUROPARC’s new strategy 2015-2021 has been approved with a considerable number of votes at our largest annual gathering – EUROPARC’s General Assembly on the 29th of September. Through the implementation of this 6-year strategy EUROPARC Federation seeks to improve its effectiveness and achieve greater efficiency for the benefit of its members. One of the key aspects of the new strategy is that our work will be delivered by a wider range of actors, especially amongst EUROPARC’s sections. Therefore, there will be more opportunities to explore new ideas and secure projects in areas that reflect members’ priorities.
We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation both to our members, strategy draft team and Council members who dedicated their time and vision to bring clarity to the purpose of our organisation and to enable us to discover “imaginative” means to achieve our mission. It takes a “big-picture-view” of the Federation, showing the areas we will work across, who will lead on this work and what in overall will be achieved.
The strategy document can be accessed here in EnglishFrench and German

Successful transboundary work distinguished in the Ecoregion Julian Alps 

Five years after the first evaluation in 2009, Prealpi Giulie Nature Park (IT) and Triglav National Park (SI) forming the Ecoregion Julian Alps, rightfully saw the renewal of the EUROPARC Transboundary Award at the EUROPARC Conference in Killarney, Ireland.

Both parks proved to have strengthened their cooperation and proudly took home the accolade, congratulations and recommendations on their common work. A common application for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas is the planned next step in their collaborative work.
This would make the Ecoregion Julian Alps the first transboundary protected area applying for that process. More information

Celebrating internationally the European Day of Parks

The EUROPARC Federation has always been committed to promote young people as ambassadors that are able to speak on nature’s behalf. This year, at the EUROPARC Conference in Ireland, we were truly delighted to welcome on stage our 2014 European Day of Parks winner, Anne-Marie Austad from Malta, representing Il-Majjistral Nature and History Park. Her fabulous artwork specially designed to celebrate the European Day of Parks 2014 impressed EUROPARC’s social media followers and therefore won our online contest. It expresses the young author’s love and passion for birds and nature. Anne-Marie’s “golden moment” and speech at the EUROPARC Conference shall not be forgotten: “I knew then that I wanted to help and conserve our natural habitat. Majjistral is a place I love to visit and my artwork is a representation of the things I like most about the park. Anne- Marie provided us with a really lovely report after the conference, please see here

The Yelkouan Shearwater is a secretive sea bird which nests in the park's cliffs. Malta holds 10% of the world's population of this bird. EU is funding a project on seabirds including the yelkouan shearwater and I've been so lucky to have joined the researchers sometimes down the cliffs at night, to ring and collect data of these birds. This has definitely lit the spark of wanting to do similar research and conservation work in future.” We are confident that our young winner’s eagerness to get involved in the work of protected areas will certainly pay off as the young generation will have their say in the European nature conservation. 

To get an insight into EUROPARC’s campaign on the European Day of Parks, please watch this video.

Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for protected area managers 
The DBU funded project - “Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for protected area managers in Romania” advances smoothly and EUROPARC together with Propark Foundation (RO) are delighted to acknowledge that a considerable number of trainers are already working to develop several on-line courses on different specific topics, such ascommunicating the importance of protected areas and nature conservation, the role of protected areas in strategic planning at local, regional and national level, management of natural resources considering biodiversity conservation, legislation for protected areas.

Courses will be available at: by 2015. Most of the topics are of absolute relevance for the Protected Area Specialist – a registered occupation in Romania, with adequate standards for professionals. Read more here.

Increasing capacity for communicating Natura 2000 in the EUROPARC Network

Communications training seminars

EUROPARC as a part of the LIFE EME project (Efficient Managers for Efficient Natura 2000 Network) is organising a 5-day training seminar on communication, aimed at Natura 2000 sites managers and staff. 

The first fast approaching, very attractive seminar this December in Madrid on increasing the communication skills has now officially been fully booked.

However, there is still chance for our members to participate in the next one taking place next year in spring in Romania.

Dates and more information will be confirmed soon, stay tuned on our

EUROPARC preparing the Charter award ceremony 2014
This year, 18 Protected Areas from 6 countries have submitted their application to the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. The efforts and great works of these Protected areas have recently been evaluated by the Evaluation Committee that met last week on the 18th of October in Düsseldorf (Germany). Still a bit of suspense for our impatient candidates that will be announced shortly…Good luck to you all!
In the same time, the team at the EUROPARC Federation headquarters is working hard to prepare everything for the award ceremony that will take place on the 11th of December at the European Parliament, in Brussels. The programme will be soon published on the website.

Stay up to date and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Charter website.

2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 

The WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2015 Call for entries has been launched with six categories - Community, Destination, Environment, Innovation, People and Sustainable Business. The categories are the same as 2014, except then the last category was called simply 'Business'. EUROPARC encourages strongly its members to get involved and apply for the award.
All applications have to be submitted online using our new, easy to use, online application tool. An international team of 18-20 judges, with Fiona Jeffrey as Chair of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards and Graham Miller, newly appointed Lead Judge, will then select the finalists to be later visited by a sustainable tourism expert. Only then will the judges reconvene to select the winners.
All inspiring businesses and organisations are invited to apply before the deadline – 14th of November 2014. For more information on the application and judging process, have a look at our animation 'Winner's Journey'and also visit the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards section on our website. To enter the competition, simply go to Tourism for Tomorrow Awards Online Application.
Read more about this interesting call, in the official press release that the WTTC-Tourism for Tomorrow has kindly decided to share with the EUROPARC Federation!

Young researchers connect protected areas
across Europe

Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2014
As every year, it is with great honor and pleasure that the EUROPARC Federation announces the three winners of the 2014 Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships. This year at our annual Conference in Ireland, we followed the same procedure as last year, but for our young ATS scholars -  Joss Rattcliff, Milene Matos and Natalya Yakusheva,  the event proved to be a once in a lifetime experience, giving them the opportunity to present their future projects in the field of conservation and protected areas in front of more than 200 EUROPARC members and delegates.
The aim of the scholarships awarded by the EUROPARC Federation with the great support of Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S  is to enhance international cooperation and to advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of Protected Area management.

Each scholarship is worth €3.000 and enables successful applicants to undertake a study visit on a particular theme to one or more Protected Areas in a European country.
Read more here about our 2014 Scholarships winners.

"What innovative techniques are Protected Area using to deliver important conservation messages?"

Another young and ambitious conservationist that saw the benefits of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship is Maris Tamm (Noor) from Estonia, awarded last year at the EUROPARC Conference in Hungary. The 3000€ Scholarship enabled her to go abroad and learn from the European-wide EUROPARC network. Her study trip to Georgia (Javakheti National Parkand Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park) and Austria (Neusiedler See-Seewinkel National Park and Gesäuse National Park) focused on discovering the best ways to communicate the importance of a protected area to landowners and other stakeholders connected to the site.How to deliver important conservation messages and involve more people into PA planning and management? What are the benefits for locals? These are just some of the questions Maris endeavored to answer in her research paper.

Her report is now available here.

Call for case studies:
How to ensure connectivity of habitats and ecosystems across borders?

EUROPARC is currently collecting case studies on activities and projects that help reconnect existing natural areas in a cross-border context. If we are to protect Europe’s iconic landscapes and biodiversity within, we need to minimize fragmentation of landscape and re-create larger habitats for species across international borders. This can be done through measures that fulfill multiple purposes on the same piece of land, also referred to as Green Infrastructure.
Does your protected area undertake activities to connect larger parts of landscape, e.g. through the creation of eco-corridors like hedgerows or small watercourses?
Or are you active in restoring flood plains and bogs for water and CO2 intake to mitigate climate change in a transboundary context?

Send us your case study on how you cooperate with partners in neighbouring countries to ensure eco-connectivity. A case study template can be found here.  

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3rd Dinaric Arc Parks Conference

The 3rd Dinaric Arc Parks Conference, held in Brijuni NP in Croatia from 6th until 10th of October gathered 150 participants from 13 European countries and it focused on the topic of sustainable tourism in protected areas.

After last year’s conference in Budva when the Big Win for Dinaric Arc was adopted, in which Republic of Albania, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Republic of Croatia, Kosovo *, FYR Macedonia, Republic of Slovenia and Republic of Serbia have pledged to further cooperate towards the improvement of protected areas, this year’s conference placed an emphasis on setting the foundations for the Parks Dinarides Association, which shall continue the initiative of the Dinaric Arc Parks.

Panel discussions with key speakers were facilitated by Ignace Schops, EUROPARC’s newly elected President and a fruitful workshop on sustainable tourism was led by Richard Partington and Wilf Fenten from EUROPARC Consulting.

In addition, five parks from the Dinaric Arc Parks region have been nominated for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and will soon find out whether they will become one of the over 100 certified parks in Europe. Read more

Realising the ecosystems' services promise
for nature reserves 

The joint Eurosite and EUROPARC Economics and Ecosystems Services working group is organising a workshop on Ecosystem Services. The workshop will look at how Ecosystem Services can be used to generate public support and funding for protected areas. It will take place on 25-26 November 2014 in Amsterdam.

Confirmed speakers include David Glaves from Northumbria University, UK, who will be talking about 'Involving stakeholders in delivering ecosystem services for conservation areas', and Katja Arzt from EUROPARC, who will be delivering a presention on carbon sequestration. You can download here the full  workshop programme. To register for the workshop please fill out the registration form. There is no fee for attending the workshop and lunch and dinner will be provided. Participants are responsible for covering their own travel and accommodation costs. However, Eurosite may be able to offer financial support to enable some delegates to attend. If this is the case, please contact Eurosite: For more information on travel and accommodation, please see here.

If you have any questions please email Hans Schiphorst, the chair of the working group:


EUROPARC French Section developsthe part III of our Charter programme

The European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Area continues to make considerable progresses in France. The president of the French Section and council member, Dominique Leveque together with the IPAMAC (association des Parcs naturels du Massif central), recently announced  that an important goal has been reached in the framework of the Charter programme in France.
In 2012 and 2013, the IPAMAC launched an experiment to develop the methodology of the Charter part III in France. Part III of the Charter Programme involves tour operators as closer partners. An evaluation committee composed of state representatives, protected area representatives, experts, tour operators and visitors has been examining the applications of seven tour operators willing to become part of the Charter family. All the seven applications turned out to be valid and since last week, are officially Charter engaged businesses! This recognition is of great importance for the region, bringing the attention on the importance of sustainable tourism and protected areas.
We would like to wish warm welcomes to:
Here at the EUROPARC Federation, we are very excited about the good news and progress made by our French Section and hope this is just the beginning of a fruitful year in our Charter Programme.

Launch of the Junior Ranger Programme
in Biebrza National Park

EUROPARC’s Junior Ranger network is expanding and we are all happy and proud to officially welcome the first team of Rangers and Junior Rangers from Biebrza National Park (Poland). At the beginning of 2014, Biebrza National Park became a member of the EUROPARC Federation and step by step developed the Junior Ranger programme. The Polish team got even more inspired and motivated after having participated in our annual Junior Ranger Camp (July 2014), held this year in the Krkonose National Park in the Czech Republic. On behalf of all of us at the EUROPARC Federation, we would like to publicly congratulate the young team for their efforts and dedication to conserve nature and exchange experiences with other partners of the Junior Ranger network. 
EUROPARC Consulting

EUROPARC Consulting can provide expert help with LIFE and ERASMUS funding applications

This year new funding periods for both the European Commission’s LIFE and ERASMUS+ funding streams have begun. Both these funds are significant sources of income for protected areas across Europe in the form of national and international projects. EUROPARC Consulting has the all the necessary skills, expertise and knowledge to help designated landscapes with their applications for either grant scheme.

The Action Grants are made available to public bodies, private commercial organisations and private non-commercial organisations that are legally registered in the EU under the LIFE Regulation on the establishment of the Programme for the Environment and Climate Action (published on 20th December 2013). LIFE covers a number of different types of projects but the LIFE “traditional” projects are generally the most interesting for protected areas.

We are here for you and can provide professional, reliable and well-informed support to designated landscapes wishing to apply for either LIFE or ERASMUS funding” says Wilf Fenten, Managing Director of EUROPARC Consulting. “Please contact me today if you would like us to help you apply and I will be happy to talk to you about the procedure and provide you with a quote. EUROPARC Consulting look forward to working with you to create the best possible funding application for you."  Read more. 

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Join the Riverbanks Recovering Seminar organised by the Parque Regional del Sureste (Madrid, Spain)
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Parque Regional Sureste´s creation, Dirección General del Medio Ambiente, in cooperation with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Agresta Coop., organises a technical seminar “Recovering Banks: a need, an opportunity”, targeted at professionals and technics from riverbanks recovering subject, from public and private sector. This two-days seminar includes talks of professionals and experts in riverbank recovering, time for discussions between speakers and participants and a technical visit to two enclaves of Parque Regional del Sureste: “El Porcal” a gravel pit lagoon and its restoration works and “Soto de las Juntas” state, where Manzanares and Jarama rivers meet. The seminar will take place at Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid (Spain) on 23rd and 24th October 2014.  Read more


Life Natura 2000: Connecting people with biodiversity
The project 'Conéctate a la Red Natura - Natura 2000: connecting people with biodiversity' conducted under the LIFE + programme, and more particularly within the framework of the its information and communication component has enabled to emphasize the importance of Natura 2000 network and to raise public awareness on its conservation. Recently, a new publication “Positive Natura 2000 Experiences” has been made available in Spanish and English gathering interesting and positive case studies of conservation and sustainable development. It has been published by SEO/BirdLife Espana with the kind support of the European Commission and EU LIFE+ Fund. SEO/BirdLife wants  to make Spanish and European societies see that we are rich in biodiversity and that caring for and respecting that great natural asset is the best guarantee for seeing any crisis through. The publication is available here.

Read more about this project here.

Sustainable Wildlife Management workshop

There is clearly a strong need for hunters and hunting organisations to exchange knowledge and experience with site managers.  Whether the concern is about controlling large carnivore populations in hunting areas, shooting wildfowl or other game for sport, pest control or species management, hunting is a topic that many site managers are likely to encounter at some point. Co-operation between hunting organisations and site managers also has the potential to benefit both parties, as hunting can contribute to conservation efforts, whilst effective nature conservation can help to increase the availability of ‘game’ species.
Eurosite, along with hosts Natural England and in collaboration with the Hunting Federation of Macedonia & Thrace and Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services, will be holding a three-day workshop on 'Sustainable Wildlife Management' on 28-30 October 2014 in Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom. For more information about what the registration fee covers and how to reserve accommodation, and to view the workshop programme, please see here.

Forum sur le tourism durable
Le jeudi 13 novembre prochain au dans le Parc naturel régional du Luberon les 6 Parcs naturels régionaux de Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (Alpilles, Camargue, Luberon, Préalpes d’Azur, Queyras, Verdon) organisent un forum sur le thème du tourisme durable dans les Parcs. Cette rencontre vise à dresser le bilan de la démarche d’accompagnement sur le volet 2 de la CETD proposée à près de 100 entreprises touristiques depuis 2011.


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The "Sydney Promise" on the way
- Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions

EUROPARC has been actively engaged to prepare its contribution and coordinate EUROPARC member input into  the 6th World Parks Congress (WPC) which will take place in Sydney, Australia from 12th until 19th of November 2014, under the theme “Parks, People, Planet: inspiring solutions”.
The IUCN World Parks Congress – a once-in-a decade conservation event, is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The 2014 WPC will build on the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", and it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development. It will also set the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. In 2014, the WPC will mark the launch of the Standard for the IUCN Green List of Protected Areas and the criteria for Key Biodiversity Areas, both of which are closely linked to the EU policy agenda in this field. We will be your eyes and ears there and will make sure EUROPARC members are kept informed on developments in Sydney as they happen!
EUROPARC  is actively engaged with a high level of  input, by EUROARC and members,  to the Congress will ensure the experience and challenges of Protected Areas – in particular the success and challenges of the N2000 network – across Europe are well represented and taken into high consideration on the debate towards the future role of Protected Areas at world level.
The EUROPARC delegation will be represented by President Ignace Schops and Director Carol Ritchie with support from Thomas Hansson, Council Members Dominique Leveque and Michael Hosek will also be present with members from France, Germany, Finland, Scotland. Czech Republic, Romania, Austria and the UK and no doubt some we don't yet know about! We will also be meeting up with MOU partners and colleagues from Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP), Parks Forum, IRF, USNPS, and Redparques to gather their approaches to our common issues.
Ignace will co-chair one of the full final plenary sessions, and Carol will present on EUROPARC's Charter and Junior Ranger programmes in some intense workshops, as well as take part in a HPHP panel. So we will be busy.  We do want to highlight as many EUROPARC member activities as possible and we will be posting as much information back via facebook and twitter as we possibly can. So please sign up now on the EUROPARC social media to make sure you get all the latest from what EUROPARC is doing in Sydney!
Importantly we want to support the WCPA event in Austria in May 2015 which will follow-on from the World Parks Congress bringing the natural solutions discovered and discussed there, back to European protected areas to adopt the agreements made at a global level.
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