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EUROPARC Federation eNews
May 2018

Dear readers,

May was probably one of the busiest months for Protected Areas in Europe, with some of the most important days to celebrate our natural heritage: the Natura 2000 Day (21st May), the International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd May) and the European Day of Parks (24th May)! Also in Brussels, nature and biodiversity were the main topics of discussion over last week, with the EU Green Week 2018, this year following the theme "Green Cities for a Greener Future". 
Aligned with the EU Green Week focus on urban areas, this month we introduce you Teresa Pastor, our expert in Periurban Parks and Green Infrastructure, who joined EUROPARC Directorate team following the integration of FEDENATUR into our network. Teresa is Project and Policy Development Manager, working from our new EUROPARC delegation in Barcelona. 

In May, we have also welcomed two new team members! Neil McIntosh is the project manager of ‘LIFE e-natura2000.edu’, a project that aims to support e-learning, open education and capacity building for Natura 2000 managers; and Gaia Fermanelli, who joins EUROPARC team in Brussels for a 8 months internship related to her background in Cultural & Natural Development. Get to know the members of the EUROPARC Directorate here.

Happy readings,
Your Directorate team
In this issue...
UPDATES

EUROPARC Sections
> EUROPARC Atlantic Isles: New President
special call: EUROPARC Conference 2018
Less than 1 month to get your early-bird bargain! 
EUROPARC Conference 2018 European Parks: inspired by the next generation
Reconnecting people with nature is a hot topic and EUROPARC Conference 2018 will focus on how the next generation can inspire us to reach that goal. It is important that we bridge the generation gap and have that discussion alongside the youth of Europe... So we urge you to BRING ALONG A YOUNG PERSON from your park or region. A special conference youth rate and workshop is included for them.

An opportunity to share your projects & results!
The EUROPARC Marketplace is the right place to network, find new project partners, but also to promote the results of your project! If your project is relevant to Protected Area and Natura 2000 managers, you won't find a better event to promote your outcomes. So do consider to book a stand in our Market place!

Check out the website for full details and follow us on social media for up to date news and information on your conference and Scottish experience!

News from your BRUSSELS representation
EU Green Week- “Green cities do better”
21st - 25 May 2018

Annually, the European Commission organises the EU Green Week focused on a relevant topic for environment protection and the livelihoods of European citizens. This year, with the themeGreen Cities for a Greener Future”, the activities drew attention on how green infrastructure and nature-based solutions can solve the challenges of urban life, and increase citizens' life-quality. 

As per usual, EUROPARC celebrated the EU Green Week, with a webinar focused on Periurban Parks and supporting the organisation of a workshop in Brussels entitled "Nature in the City".

EUROPARC Webinar
Periurban Parks: building Green Infrastructure around cities


On the occasion of the EU Green Week 2018 Green Cities for a Greener Future, EUROPARC delivered a webinar on the role of Periurban parks in delivering ecosystem services and improving the livelihoods of citizens in and around cities. 
The case study presenters brought us examples from two different geographical realities: a compact city of 250,000 inhabitants – "The green ring of Victoria-Gasteiz" and the Green Strategy of Barcelona Metropolitan Area, diffuse metropolitan space of 3.2 M inhabitants. Watch the recording and download the presentations here.
Natura 2000 Awards Get to know the winners!

The winners of the Natura 2000 Awards 2018 were revealed on the 17th May, in a special ceremony in Brussels. All five categories - Conservation, Communication, Reconciling Interests/perceptions, socio-economic benefits and cross-border cooperation - received high quality applications, and the final decision was very hard to take, as confirmed Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President, who was one of the members of the Jury, representing the NGOs perspective. Get to know the winners of the 5 categories and the Citizens' Award here

The 25 finalists had the chance to participate in a networking event before the ceremony, where EUROPARC presented the Toolkit “Be a Better Communicator: Tools and Tips to help Natura 2000 Managers”.

Congratulations to all the finalists!


EUROPARC Updates
European Day of Parks 2018: 
Over 200 events and thousands of news and social media shares

Thank you to all the Parks who have organised events to celebrate the European Day of Parks. Due to your commitment, hundreds of citizens had the chance to visit their local protected areas and understand the importance of preserving our natural heritage. A huge thank you!

PANORAMA & EUROPARC webinar
Solutions from European Protected Areas

As a celebration of the European Day of Parks, EUROPARC, IUCN and PANORAMA Solutions for a Healthy Planet co-organised a webinar to showcase best practices from European Protected Areas.The solutions shared came from the edges of Europe (Azores-Portugal and Armenia), and showed us how nature conservation objectives can be better pursuit with the co-operation and engagement of local communities and governmental organisations. Watch the full recording and download the presentations here.

EUROPARC Annual Report 2017

The EUROPARC Federation Annual Report 2017 is now available for download in English, German and French

Travel across the four strategic areas of our work and discover how we are reinforcing the connection between Protected Areas, and European Institutions.

The report includes also the latest updates of our Programmes and the work of EUROPARC Sections.
Quarrying in Protected Areas:
Towards a new partnership for Biodiversity

EUROPARC has teamed up with Sibelco to look particularly at a closer cooperation with non-energy mineral extractive industry to promote best practice in land management and restoration within protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. In order to understand the challenges and opportunities of mining in PAs and to develop new partnerships, Sibelco and EUROPARC have organised a joint workshop that took place on the 18th-19th of April, in Belgium. Read all about it here.
CEETO Interreg Central Europe
Participatory Planning Workshop

The Interreg CEETO project (Central Europe Eco-Tourism) entered the implementation phase with the workshop on participatory planning of sustainable tourism in Protected Areas and its work at local on the 8 pilot areas. The meeting will take place in Austria, on the 4-5 June. Participatory Mapping will be used to define the most precious/valuable areas to preserve and promote in the Protected Area, the most vulnerable areas endangered by tourism pressure, the most relevant tourism flows that cross the Protected Area. For more information about the project visit the website www.interreg-central.eu/CEETO 

IMPACT Interreg Europe EUROPE 
Sustainable Tourism: an opportunity for regions to benefit from Natural and Cultural Heritage

During this month, IMPACT partners have shared their selected good practices with the Policy Learning Platform set up by the Interreg Europe programme that has published a policy brief that provides a definition of cultural and natural heritage and sustainable tourism and explores the links between them. 
IMPACT project has contributed to the policy brief with a Good Practice from its partner ENRx (France): "Promoting region’s vegetable heritage through “Gîtes de France tourist accommodation / Showcase gardens. IMPACT project was present at the ‘knowledge market ‘at ESPARC Conference in Cangas de Onís, which was focused this year on Protected Areas & Society.
For more information about IMPACT project, please visit IMPACT Interreg Europe Website.

EUROPARC Sections
EUROPARC Spain 
ESPARC 2018 - the Congress of Spanish Protected Areas

Past, present, and future of Protected Areas was the title of the 20th Congress of EUROPARC Spain– ESPARC 2018. The congress, organised between the 23-27 May in Picos de Europa National Park, gathered 160 professionals that celebrated together 100 years of creation of the National Park (the first in Spain!) and the 25th anniversary of EUROPARC-Spain.

Get to know the outcomes of the meeting and the awardees of the first edition of the "INSPIRING EXPERIENCES in Protected Areas Award", with the aim to recognise, value and disseminate initiatives that are contributing to the implementation of the Programme “Society and Protected Areas”. 
EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe
New Coordination

During the 4th Members’ Assembly of the EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe Section, that took place in Csopak, Hungary between 18th-20th April 2018, the Section flag was handed to the new secretariat: the Hortobágy National Park (Hungary). Gábor Szilágyi is the Section President for the next 3 years mandate, and Csaba Bereczki the coordinator and contact point. More information here.
EUROPARC Atlantic Isles
New President

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is the new President of the EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Section. David was appointed as Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in October 2000. Previously he worked for Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council as an economic development officer before joining the National Park Authority.

Good to know
EU Commission
52 Steps Towards a Greener City

The EU Commission has just launched a new brochure to help citizens engaging in more environmental-friendly lifestyles. Working together for Greener and healthier cities. Available in several languages.
Bern Convention
#NotAlone Campaign

Trees, bats and birds for cooler cities: the Bern Convention launches #NotAlone, a campaign to raise awareness on how biodiversity can help us against climate change

Visit the website http://www.not-alone.eu/ to find out useful resources and solutions.

Call for Awards
Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism

Following the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a call is open to tourist destinations across Europe, for showcasing results and outputs regarding cultural tourism.
The Awards will increase the visibility of European cultural tourism destinations, create a Europe-wide platform for sharing experience and knowledge and promotes networking between destinations. Deadline for applications: 1st July.

Alfred Toepfer Medal
Call for nominations is open!

Annually, EUROPARC honors those who have made a significant contribution to nature conservation in Europe through an experienced body of work and life experience. The winner is nominated by EUROPARC members, selected by the Juri, comprised by EUROPARC Council members and announced at EUROPARC Conference.

Do you have someone in mind who you think deserves recognition for their dedication or achievements in the field of nature conservation and protected areas? Please consider nominating that person for the award.

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