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EUROPARC eNews April 2014
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Events

 

3rd - 5th of April
International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations
 
10th of May
European Clean-up day
 
12th – 13th of May
The John Muir Conference 2014
 
13th-17th of May
IRF - 3rd European Rangers Training Seminar
 
24th of May
European Day of Parks
 
3rd – 6th of June
EUROPARC TransParcNet Meeting 2014
 
3rd – 5th of June
Green Week Conference
 
12th – 14th of June
International conference on solid waste management
 
17th – 20th of June
EUROPARC Siggen seminar
 
20th – 23rd of August
7th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas


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Find more events and event details in our online calendar!

Resources

 

PUBLICATIONS


Long-term impact and sustainability of LIFE Nature
The latest LIFE Focus publication takes stock of the achievements to date of the LIFE Nature strand of the LIFE programme. Titled Long-term impact and sustainability of LIFE Nature, the 60-page brochure provides a user-friendly snapshot of the detailed assessments contained in the ex-post (after project's end) evaluations of LIFE projects.



Environment for Europeans
- Do you want to know more about the EU's environmental policies and the world around us? The latest issue of the Environment for Europeans magazine, available in 13 EU languages is out. As well as the downloadable version of the magazine in Flash Flipbook format, you can also sign up to receive a copy by e-mail, a hard copy by post, or browse the archive of previous issues.

 
Hard surfaces, hidden costs: Searching for alternatives to land take and soil sealing
– This Commission’s working paper contains advice on how to limit, mitigate or compensate for soil sealing and explains the magnitude of the phenomenon. The examples of best practice it provides will be of interest to national, regional and local authorities, land planning and soil management professionals, stakeholders and the general public. Available in English, French, German, Spanish and Polish.

 
Factsheet on the Economic Benefits of Natura 2000
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A network of nature areas, Natura 2000 is the most practical action the EU is taking across its territory to halt and reverse biodiversity loss. With over 26000 terrestrial and marine sites, it is the largest coordinated network of areas of high biodiversity value anywhere in the world. This factsheet explains the many contributions Natura 2000 provides from storing carbon to delivering economic benefits from different types of ecosystem services. Available in English, with other languages to follow.

 
Wilderness And The American Mind
- The Book that launched a Thousand Parks: Wilderness And The American Mind should serve as a reminder of the underlying value of nature in the raw, a value that shouldn't be trivialized.


Marine Mediterranean Protected Areas
- This publication aims to give some guidance on how to measure the impact of climate change on the marine biodiversity of Protected Areas and how to improve planning for the mitigation of future impact. It also summarizes the most important threats to and effects on Mediterranean marine biodiversity that have been observed to date and outlines the many uncertainties that still exist in understanding ecological responses to climate change. 



 

VACANCIES


Executive Director,
EurOcean, Portugal
 

Project Manager – Web content management system (CMS)European Environment Agency, Denmark
 

Marketing & Outreach Apprentice - Dartmoor National Park Authority, England
 

Lake Ranger (seasonal) – Lake District National Park
 

Animateur (trice) d'une Charte Forestière de Territoire - Syndicat mixte Ardèche, France
 

EU Policy Officer – Integrity in EU institutions, Belgium
 

Learning and Discovery Officer - Peak District National Park Authority , England
 

Management/Project Support AssistantsCouncil of Europe, France
 

Communications & Events Assistant - Ocean Energy Europe, Belgium
 

Information Assistant vacancy – Northumberland National Park
 

Brussels News



Agriculture and biodiversity can work together under a shared policy framework

The EUROPARC Federation welcomes the French award scheme on agriculture and biodiversity organized every year as a flagship event that selects and honours the best local products and breeding livestock. Learn more here about a great initiative and all the parks awarded this year at the Paris International Agricultural Show. Read more



Funding tips!

EUROPARC recommends to protected areas to get in touch with their respective regional and national authorities to ensure their priorities are included in partnership agreements, as those are being discussed now and will have a crucial impact on the allocation of funding for the coming years. Rural development programs and European Regional Development funds are among the most relevant one.  


How can we improve the management of habitats and species? 

A wide European exchange of expertise is taking place with biogeographic seminars: the Mediterranean is taking place in May in Greece, and the Steppic-Pannonian will take place in Autumn this year. EUROPARC invites Protected Areas experts and N2000 managers to get involved, contacting their national ministries. For more information see here.

 

EU Consultation on wildlife trafficking

The Commission has launched a public consultation on how the EU can be more effective in combating wildlife trafficking. This comes in response to a recent global surge in poaching and illegal wildlife trade, which is now at unprecedented levels for some species. More than 1000 rhinoceroses were poached in South Africa in 2013, compared to 13 in 2007, for example, and rhino horn is now more valuable than gold. The EU is a major destination market and an important transit point for illegal wildlife products, with organized crime playing an increasing role. The consultation launch comes at a timely moment just ahead of the international conference on wildlife trade. Join the consultation.
 

The new LIFE work programme 2014-17,

with project thematic priorities, budget overview and selection methodology, has just been published! EUROPARC recommends to protected areas managers to look at it, as it provides interesting inputs in preparation of project application.  The call for project proposals is expected in May, with the deadline for the submission of projects in October. Read more
 


What are Green Infrastructures?

Access here a useful brochure published by the EC.  Protected areas are playing a crucial role for the implementation of green infrastructures.
What are your experiences and projects? EUROPARC is collecting them to publish a selection of good practices. Please forward your contribution to Petra Schultheiss.



Mapping green infrastructure

Healthy natural areas often fulfil important yet unseen functions, from preventing floods to filtering air. A new report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) proposes a method for mapping this ‘green infrastructure’.  Read more



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

Members

National Parks Service (USA) – Volunteering in national parks: Jobs you can do in 2014 

The National Park Service (NPS) actively recruits volunteers to assist in necessary aspects of operating its parks, monuments, seashores, battlefields, and more. Volunteers have become increasingly important in light of tight budgets faced by our country's national parks. Whether you are handy at fixing things, friendly and outgoing with strangers, or just enjoy the great outdoors, the National Park Service almost certainly has a place for you. Read more
 
EUROPARC is proud to present the results of an amazing study visit undertaken by the Belgian ATS scholarship winner, Willem Laermans, who has always been eager to learn more about wilderness and the possibilities to restore wild nature across Europe. The scholarship offered him this great opportunity. Take a look at the report here. 
Dinaric Arcs region extends the number of parks joining the Charter family 

Five parks of the Dinaric Arc region submitted the nomination for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism! This is a great success for the parks, for the whole region, for the nature and for the promotion of sustainable tourism. The parks that have submitted the nomination are: Lonjsko polje and Medvednica (HR), Una (BIH), Gornje Podunavlje and Fruška gora (RS).  More on the Dinaric Arcs Project

Ganztags Natur und eine Prise Abenteuer

 
Neue Camps im Nationalpark Donau-Auen richten sich an Kinder, Familien wie auch Erwachsene. Der Nationalpark Donau-Auen erweitert ab heuer sein Camp-Programm: Verschiedene neue Angebote richten sich an Groß und Klein! Bewährt und sehr beliebt sind die Feriencamps. Eltern, die auf der Suche nach einem besonderen Sommer-Programm für ihre Kinder sind, können bereits jetzt buchen. 
Mehr Informationen
Exmoor National Park - one of Britain’s breathing places

Take a look at the fantastic short film introducing the fabulous Exmoor National Park. The film was produced for the Audio Visual Theatre in the Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre.

 

Congrès National des Parcs naturels régionaux 2014


Réservez dès maintenant vos dates du 8 au 10 octobre 2014 pour le Congrès des Parcs dans le Parc de la Forêt d'Orient qui portera sur le thème "Égalité des territoires". Le Congrès permettra de découvrir les richesses du territoire du Parc de la Forêt d'Orient et de la ville de Troyes où se déroulera la séance de cloture le vendredi 10 octobre 2014. Plus d’infos
 
Dear Readers
 

This month we are marking  Earth Day (April 22) looking at some of the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities and raise the awareness of the impact of nature and our Protected Areas is more important than ever.

Take a look on our monthly topic, news from your fellow Protected Areas and get inspired by what others do. We are also bringing you the latest news from the EU and our partner organisations.  This eNews is to benefit you, our members, if you have any suggestions or material you would like to share with us, please do not hesitate to do so. Dissemination of results across Europe is always important, so use your eNews as a useful platform, reaching thousands of Protected Areas across Europe. We take submission in multiple languages! 
 

Don’t forget to follow our regular updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Hope you enjoy reading!

Your EUROPARC team
 

Join the EUROPEAN DAY OF PARKS!

“Parks for nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace”

 
Let's show our combined strength as parks across Europe by working together for this day! This year, the European Day of Parks (#EDoP2014)  will be held under the theme: “Parks for nature. Parks for well-being. Parks for peace” - in memory of the 100 years since the 1st World War. Local events and initiatives will be promoted all over Europe. If you would like to organise an activity and mark the day, please do get in contact with us and send us your ideas in order to include you on our online calendar for the EDOP 2014 and further promote. The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. The European Day of Parks takes place on and around May 24th of each year. It aims at bringing people closer to nature and raising public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places. Read more about the event.
Register here for the event! 

News


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Nominations open for the EUROPARC Elections!

 
This year EUROPARC will be holding elections for the post of the EUROPARC President, Treasurer and Council Members.  Nominations are open! Both nominator and candidates MUST be EUROPARC members.  If you wish to nominate someone, for any position, please fill in the nomination form (having first got the permission of the candidate of course).  Nominations close on 21st July 2014!




SAVE THE DATE 
General Assembly and Conference 2014!

 
In 2014, the EUROPARC Annual Conference:  "Understanding the value of nature", will take place from 28th September until 1st October 2014, in Killarney, Ireland. An exciting programme "Understanding the Value of Nature" will be investigated through stimulating keynote speeches with Protected Area relevance, in depth workshop looking at practical application and interesting 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.
 
While looking forward for the next conference take a look at the recently published report of the last year’s conference. Remember all those thousands of cranes, great Hungarian cuisine, music and dancing. Take a look here on the greatest moments of the Hortobagy puzsta experience. 




 

Nominate an individual for a significant
contribution to nature protection!

 

Every year EUROPARC awards the Alfred Toepfer Medal,  in recognition of a particular individual who has made a significant contribution to nature protection in Europe.  If you have a person who you think deserves recognition for their achievements in the field of nature protection please send information about the person, his/her achievements and reasons why you think they should win the accolade by email to m.langenfelde@europarc.org. Nominations are open and must be received by MAY 9th 2014. For more Information and downloading the form see here.




 

Last chance for your opinion!  Join the membership consultation

 

The future direction, priorities and governance of EUROPARC are being considered by YOU, our members, in a comprehensive and participatory consultation. The consultation is now entering its final phase.  The online questionnaire is still available in 5 languages and a number of member meetings are being held. Please see the website for more information on the local meetings. The deadline is fast approaching, April 17th, meaning the survey will be online for a short while!
 




Interested in how funding works? Join the Siggen seminar on Successful Projects for Effective Management of Protected Areas

 
Save the date!  -  17th-20th June 2014
 
EUROPARC is organising, through the kind support of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, a two days residential seminar focused on the new EU programming period 2014-2020 and EU relevant funding for the management of Protected Areas.  The Seminar is addressed to Protected Areas managers and technicians. The seminar will tackle some interesting areas of locating and successfully applying for funding. The event will be a great opportunity for a possible further development of ideas, joint projects and share of experience. It will include formal training sessions, practical activities and will be an opportunity to exchange experiences on project management and development among Protected Area staff from different countries. The seminar is free for EUROPARC members, but you will need to cover your travel to Siggen (North Germany).  For more information see here. Registration will open April 7th.
 


 

Junior Ranger Camp 2014
open for registrations! 

“Following wilderness across boundaries”
 
EUROPARC Federation together with the Krknose National Park, is organising the 2014 International Junior Ranger Camp: 12-19 July. This year, Junior Rangers will have the opportunity to discover how Protected Areas, across national boundaries, work together, all that to preserve wilderness and the most valuable habitats and endangered species in Europe. All this will be investigated in the fantastic scenario of the Krknose National Park in the Czech Republic and their neighbour park, the Karkonosze National Park, in Poland. These two parks are certified together as EUROPARC Transboundary Parks for their successful joint cooperation.  Register here for the camp!
More information on the camp is available here. 

3000€ Nature Scholarships Provide Chances for Young European Conservationists!

 
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!
 
 

EUROPARC Federation launched its 2013
Annual Report 

 
Last year was a very special year for the EUROPARC Federation, celebrating 40 Years Working for Nature. Our birthday year, and what a year it was…  The organisation took time to not only look back on what has been undertaken and learned, but also to look into the future and see how to better represent the members and respond to the challenges faced by Protected Areas in Europe. Visit the publication and see here the last year's highlights! The report is also available in German and French.

Parks playing a crucial role for sustainable development

 
Last month, EUROPARC Director, Ms Carol Ritchie participated in “Parks of the Future Workshop” at the Hanse Institute of Advanced Study in Delmenhorst, Germany. A significant number of researchers coming from various institutional and disciplinary backgrounds attend this meeting which meant to address the essential role that Protected Areas play nowadays in our life. Large Protected Areas such as National Parks, Biosphere Reserves, or Nature Parks are identified as multifunctional landscapes finding themselves involved with activities such as agriculture, forestry, tourism, or environmental education. For more information on this event see here.
 

 

Send us examples of your communication activities!  - Call for case studies launched! 



As a part of the LIFE EME project EUROPARC is collecting best practice examples on different kind of communication activities taking place in and around Protected Areas, particularly N2000 sites; ranging from effective communication and marketing campaigns, events organized, published material, launching of digital interactive platforms all in purpose of promotion and reaching wider understanding of your Protected Areas and N2000 sites.  If you are working in this area and would like to share with us successful communication activities aimed at increasing awareness or promoting Natura 2000, we would love to hear from you. Download here the template that gives you more information on the sort of examples that we are looking for. Although the template is in English, we would be pleased to hear from you in other languages, too!
 
 
 

Interested in working cross-border?
The TransParcNet family gathers again very soon!

 
 
Transboundary Parks, experts from the field and people interested in the cross-boarder cooperation of Protected Areas are invited to join us from 3rd to 6th of June in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux at the Belgian-French border. The programme of the TransParcNet meeting 2014, is now online and registrations open until 30th April.  More details regarding the programme, costs and conditions are available on the event’s official website.  

Last month, EUROPARC also promoted the role and benefits of the Transboundary Parks Programme in creating connectivity across borders to more than 100 participants at the Green Mountain Conference in Brussels in the panel „Transnational bio-corridors – projects to bring macro-regional strategies on the ground“.  On February 20th at the premises of the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels, at the Green Mountain conference, among many reputable keynote speakers and guests, EUROPARC shared its contribution too.  Our lobbying officer, Mr. Minozzi gave an overview of EUROPARC’s work particularly from the Transboundary areas’ point of view. EUROPARC’s Transboundary programme is an excellent tool for the cross- border cooperation and innovative solutions, therefore this event is an excellent opportunity for the share of experience and best practices.  Read More
 

 

 

Education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers 

 
EUROPARC and ProPark are advancing in their common project, funded by DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt), on Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania”. The plans for the kick-off meeting are being done and it will take place in spring in Romania. See news and updates on the project.

 

 



European Charter for Sustainable Tourism 

in Protected Areas: renewal and retraining

 
Due to the kind support of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz), EUROPARC is organising this week a get together meeting at the Island of Vilm to discuss EUROPARC’s biggest programme, the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.  The meeting is being held from April 1st until April 4th. Following the BfN funded project that ended in 2012, European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (Charter): The value of the “Charter” in identifying sustainable tourism destinations, this follow up meeting will collect further inputs from all active players in the Charter, including EUROPARC, Sustainable Tourism Working Group, Charter Protected Areas, verifiers and possibly business representatives. The aim of the three – full - day interactive workshop is to ensure that the new principles and process of the Charter as defined in the previous BfN Charter project are adequately explained and elaborated with verifiers.  As such, the workshop will be split into two sections. One for EUROPARC and the working group to prepare and produce materials and to examine relationships with other international valuation systems and days set aside for verifiers training. Follow the recent news on the Charter programme here.

Members and Network 


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Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims 


Le Bal des Conscrits se prépare à Vandières - La commune de Vandières, en partenariat avec le Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims et la Compagnie du Diable à 4 pattes, propose à ses habitants et à ceux des environs d’accueillir et de participer à un spectacle de théâtre « Le bal des conscrits ». Ce spectacle prendrait place, dans les rues du village, le 7 juin 2014.« Le bal des conscrits » s’inscrit dans un projet global, intitulé « Par les communes », destiné à valoriser, grâce au théâtre, la mémoire de la Guerre 14-18 à l’arrière du front dans les 68 communes (labellisées quelques décennies plus tard « Parc naturel régional »).


 

I parchi e l’innovazione ambientale delle imprese - Federparchi lancia la fase 2 della CETS

 
Il 24 e 25 febbraio si è svolto a Roma il seminario sulla fase II della CETS organizzato nell’ambito del progetto ENPI-MED“Mediterranean Experience of Eco-Tourism” (MEET). L’incontro, diretto alle aree protette italiane selezionate per le Azioni Pilota del Progetto MEET - e aperto a tutte le aree protette italiane certificate CETS e agli operatori turistici locali loro partner - ha visto la presenza di circa 40 partecipanti, rappresentanti di circa 20 Aree Protette già certificate CETS o in corso di certificazione. L’obiettivo dell’evento formativo, ovvero approfondire gli aspetti metodologici per definire un approccio “italiano” nella implementazione della seconda fase della CETS in Italia, è stato raggiunto grazie al prezioso contributo di Josep Maria Prats Santaflorentina, di Europarc Federation.  Inoltre Federparchi ha presentato lo stato dell’arte di un lungo lavoro che sta conducendo per costruire un marchio di qualità per i prodotti dei Parchi.
Maggiori informazioni
 
EUROPARC Consulting
 

EUROPARC Consulting assists the Lake District World Heritage Project with their nomination for World Heritage Site Status

 
At the beginning of January this year EUROPARC Consulting heard the good news: the Lake District National Park, UK, had been nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status as a Cultural Landscape in 2016. Our excitement on hearing about this great achievement was not only because we are chuffed that the Park has made it this far. It was also because a team of our experts were involved in the Protected Area’s application process for World Heritage Site status last year.  EUROPARC Consulting’s experience and expertise meant that the analysis was something that the company could do very well. As such, we provided two experts with a very broad view of landscapes across the globe. 

Find out more about the Lake District’s nomination and EUROPARC Consulting’s work for them.

Follow EUROPARC Consulting on Facebook or LinkedIn for regular updates on their work and from the field of Protected Area management. 

Showcasing wildlife and landscapes
– visit the Cairngorms Nature Festival in May!

 
Following on from the success of last year’s ministerial launch of Cairngorms Nature, the Park would like to invite WES members to be part of a Cairngorms Nature Festival on 17th and 18th May 2014. The Festival will be a collection of events taking place all over the National Park that showcase the outstanding wildlife and landscapes to be found in the area. More info

 

 

North Pennines AONB Partnership has picked EUROPARC Consulting to help prepare a large-scale LIFE+ bid


The project will look at restoring and promoting the importance of the large peat land body that exists from the Scottish border to South Yorkshire and will involve the potential of all the “peaty” organisations in this region working together. The lead partners are the North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Yorkshire Peat Partnership as managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. EUROPARC Consulting has put a small team of experts together and is looking forward to working with these partners to create an excellent LIFE + bid.  More information.

 
 

Transboundary programme, once more proves good results – "on probation" in Karkonoše Mts National Park

 
Due to the transboundary cooperation between Karkonoski National Parks in Czech Republic and in Poland, staff employed in the both institutions are conducting mutual visits to partner parks. This usually occurs in five day meetings which are a great occasion for training of both Czech and Polish language and, what is more interesting, for discovering new areas in the parks and share of the experience in resolving similar problems. One of the latest actions was the visit from the Polish staff to the corral for overwintering deers.  This is a very simple way of protecting young seedlings of trees (e.g. silver fir) against deer feeding in Karkonosze forests. A technique that is not yet in use on the Polish side. Read more


 

Finnish-Russian transboundary cooperation work increasing visibility of the NPA

 
Oulanka-Paanajävi transboundary park is sharing the Finnish-Russian twin-parks cooperation model with other nature Protected Areas: Kalevala Parks- Kalevalsky National Park,  Friendship Park-Kostamus Nature Reserve and Koli National Park- Kivach Nature Reserve. Read more
 

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Protected Areas - for Life's and Earth's sake!

 

Each year, Earth Day, April 22, marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channelling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and centre.

The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.
As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.
Today, the event is held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. Read more on the Earth day.
 

Green cities Campaign

This year, the Earth day is celebrated as a part of the Green Cities campaign , that the Earth Day Network launched in the fall of 2013 to help cities around the world become more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. Focused on three key elements – buildings, energy, and transportation – the campaign aims to help cities accelerate their transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more economically viable future through improvements in efficiency, investments in renewable technology, and regulation reform.
Most of the world currently relies on outdated electric generation structures that are extremely inefficient and dirty. To help cities become more sustainable, we need to redesign the current system, transition to renewable energy sources, and implement 21st century solutions.
You can join the camping here.
 

EUROPARC and EARTH DAY

As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities and raise the awareness of the impact of nature and our Protected Areas is more important than ever.

Our Earth very much depends on how we treat it. EUROPARC connecting Europe’s Protected Areas and rising the awareness of the importance of biodiversity, nature protection, actions against climate changes, gives large contributions to preserve our Mother Earth.   In addition, managing our Protected Areas effectively, contributes a lot to the hot topic of the environmental challenges, such as use of land and agriculture, waste management, informing on the importance of biodiversity and effects of climate change. 
 
Some great numbers and thoughts from PA experts are put together in CBD's publication:  Protected Areas in Today’s World: Their Values and Benefits for the Welfare of the Planet.  Protected Areas bring tremendous cultural, ecological, spiritual, and scientific benefits to society. They are critical to preserving global biodiversity and stemming the extinction crisis. Today there are more than 100,000 Protected Areas worldwide comprising about 12 percent of the Earth’s surface. The development of a network of Protected Areas throughout the world is one of the greatest conservation achievements of the twentieth century, yet coverage is inconsistent across countries and eco-regions, and many areas are facing major threats to their viability. 



Read the complete feature article and see more on the topics below on our website
  • Earth and use of land: Agriculture and biodiversity can work together under a shared policy framework
  • Earth and governments: Europe places high importance on the fight against climate change
  • Earth and waste management: Marine litter. A problem we have to deal with around the world and around the North Sea.
  • Earth and well- being: What do happiness and mitigation of climate change have in common?
  • Tackling environmental challenges in person… Call for papers and proposals for the 3rd Annual Global Conference on Environmental and Water Resources Management, Climate Change and Energy open!
  • Interesting reading…A book on managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe under Climate Change has been published. 
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