Subject: Last call for EUROPARC Conference early-birds | New capacity building project | eNews June

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
June 2018

Dear readers,

It seems that June flew away faster than normal, with the many activities on youth, sustainable tourism and capacity building we ran this month. A group of committed youngsters from across 7 countries met twice (in Scotland and Finland) to produce a EUROPARC Youth Manifesto. Meanwhile, a new project on capacity building has just been kicked off in Brussels, and last week in Spain, we launched the very first Marketing Strategy for the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas! 

This month we introduce you Neil McIntosh, Project manager of Life e-Natura2000.edu who has recently joined our team. Neil will introduce you the main objectives, partners and ambitions of the Life Project, a project funded by the EU that will bring to our members many opportunities for training and capacity building.

And a final reminder: this is the last call for registrations to EUROPARC Conference 2018 with the discounted rate! This year we will be welcomed in the amazing Cairngorms National Park for an authentic immersion in the Scottish tradition... Between the 18-21 September, meet us in the UK's largest National Park, to build up our "European Parks: inspired by the next Generation". 

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


> European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas: The first marketing strategy and action plan
> CEETO Interreg Europe
> IMPACT Interreg Europe


RESOURCES & TRAINING
> TOOLKIT: Health & Protected Areas
Final opportunity to get your discounted rate!
 EUROPARC Conference 2018
Only 3 days left to grab a bargain
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 Market place 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 Commission campaign on Plastics
"Be Ready to Change" or the seductive power of single use plastics

On the World Environment Day, 5th June, the European Commission launched a communication campaign to tackle the use of single use plastics among European citizens. Creative and provocative, the Eu Commission provides "support and advice" to help us getting rid of some of the most harmful plastic items. 

In fact, in January 2018, the European Commission committed itself to look into further action to address plastic marine litter that builds on the efforts underway in EU Member States, with the adoption of the first Europe-wide strategy on plastics which is part of the transition towards a more circular economy. The aim is to protect the earth, people and economies likewise. 

The Plastics strategy already tackles the design part of the cycle, for example, through a review of the essential requirements of the Packaging Directive. The strategy pushes an ambitious approach for plastic packaging recyclability, in line with our revised waste legislation. It also includes a strong response on microplastics, a significant source of marine pollution. The revised Waste Framework Directive has strengthened general principles and objectives; ambitious 2030 recycling targets for municipal waste and plastic packaging are also set; however these cannot be reached without in depth efforts on littering or waste prevention.

Check the campaign website and learn more about the initiative: http://www.bereadytochange.eu
EU Commission
Peer Learning for environmental authorities 

After the Environmental Implementation Review has mapped the main challenges of the implementation of the Environmental Policy Programme in all 28 member states (there is a individual report for each country), the European Commission launched a tool to facilitate perr-to-peer learning between environmental authorities. 

The TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER programme provides tailored support to Member States' authorities implementing environmental policy and legislation. Under this programme, expert missions, study visits and workshops are supported. Read all about it at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eir/p2p/index_en.htm
European Protected Areas & Sustainable Agriculture

The EUROPARC position paper “European Protected Areas & Sustainable Agriculture: Working in Partnership for Biodiversity and Rural Development” introduces the role of Protected Areas, illustrated by many successful examples of collaboration with farmers from the EUROPARC network, and reinforces the need for new, better-integrated approaches and more innovative funding mechanisms at regional, national and European level.



EUROPARC Updates
A EUROPARC Youth Manifesto
Youth taking the Lead for Nature – Shaping Protected Areas & Rural Communities!

During May and June, youth from across seven countries gathered in the Cairngorms National Park (Sctoland, UK) and in Kalajoki (Finland) to write up a “EUROPARC Youth Manifesto”.

The final Youth Manifesto will point out the challenges of young people living, learning and working in Rural Communities and Protected Areas, but also offer straightforward solutions how to address those issues at regional and local levels. The results are meant to serve as a source of inspiration for concrete action by decision-makers, public authorities and managers:
  • How to design sustainable living spaces not only for, but together with the young generation?
  • How to involve and empower young people in decision-making?
  • How to encourage young people to retain in or move to rural and protected areas?
  • …all this ensuring environmental stewardship and creating more dynamic and future-oriented communities.
Throughout the two workshops weeks the young project participants, aged 16-25, tackled those questions. 
The youngsters will launch the final Manifesto during the EUROPARC Conference 2018in Cairngorms National Park. They will share their work in a public presentation and be around to talk to you in person about their ideas. Make sure you don’t miss out: there is a special youth rate available for people younger than 30– and until 2nd July the Early Bird fees still apply!
Life e-Natura2000.edu
Supporting e-learning and open education for Natura 2000 managers

Earlier this week, EUROPARC and 6 partners kicked-off the project "Life e-Natura2000.edu" in Brussels. This innovative three-year project explores the potential of building new approaches and learning methods to improve knowledge and capacity amongst Natura 2000 Managers in both public and private land, across the EU. 

Taking a competence based approach, it will enable peers to connect and learn about what managers need to know and be able to do. The project will analyse training needs and make available new ways of accessing information about the multiple skills required for Natura 2000 management and policy implementation.

The project is led by EUROPARC with the support of six partners: ProPark, FUNGOBE / EUROPARC Spain, the TESAF Department of the University of Padova, the European Landowners Organisation, Rangers Campus and the Kullaberg Nature Reserve.

Keep tuned, soon we will be disclosing more information.
European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas
The first marketing strategy and action plan

In 2015, the EUROPARC Federation started a process to renew the brand of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. After a consultation process with the involvement of experts in communications and representatives from the Charter Network, EUROPARC launched the new logotype and graphics of the Charter in 2017 and proposed a Marketing Strategy and Communications Action Plan in June 2018. 

The first draft of the strategy and action plan was presented during the Annual Seminar of the Charter Parks in Spain, that took place in Valsaín (CENEAM, Spain) over the past week. The document synthesis the flow of information we aim to develop within EUROPARC internal network, prioritizes objectives and targets for the Charter, identifies the responsible to reach out to each target audience, and draws on the activities and tools to be delivered by both the Federation, the Sections and the Sustainable Destinations. 

Now, an internal consultation process will run, to collect the feedback of the EUROPARC Sections and Commission members, with the final version being presented in mid-July. If you would like to comment the draft strategy, please ask us a copy to europarcfed@gmail.com. 
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.
CEETO Interreg Central Europe
Partners meeting in Lungau

CEETO project entered into the implementation phase of Work Package T2 “Testing” with the preparatory workshop on participatory planning on sustainable tourism in Protected Areas. During the workshop, which took place in Tamsweg (Austria) last 4th-5th June hosted by the Biosphere Reserve Salzburg's Lungau, CEETO Project Partners and Parks technicians of the 8 pilot areas have learned a methodology and approach to participatory processes, and have better defined the objectives, deepened the useful tools to accompany the future choices and the implementation of the 8 pilot actions at local level in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.
IMPACT Interreg Europe EUROPE 
Designing new management models for Protected Areas

IMPACT Interreg Europe has already started its second phase. Within it, the foremost objective is to introduce and test innovative socio-economic development actions in 15 protected areas located in six European countries. Recently, five Actions Plans have been presented, approved and endorsed by regional or national political representatives in order to guarantee the necessary support for its implementation. For updates on IMPACT Interreg Europe project visit: www.interregeurope.eu/impact.

Resources
EUROPARC Toolkit

The toolkit “Health and Well-Being Benefits from Parks and Protected Areas” provides practical advice to set up policy and activities in your Park; brings you the latest evidence, reports and other useful resources; and shares inspiring examples from across the EUROPARC network. A must-read for all Protected Area staff (including planners, site managers, rangers, and wardens) but also to governmental bodies aiming to develop national and regional policy to leverage health benefits from natural areas. Access it online herewww.europarc.org/toolkit-health-benefits-from-parks

EUROPARC Germany
Planning accessible experiences of nature

"Creating more accessibility essentially means more service
and convenience for all visitors." The guide brings guidance on how to improve park accessibility in terms of infrastructure design, and shares inspiring activities to involve volunteers with mental disabilities.


Good to know

The use of drones for nature conservation
Habitats, Fauna and Marine Ecosystems

Over the past years, there has been an intense development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (or Drones). While in some aspects they can be seen as a potential threat if handled properly, they can be a useful tool to monitor fauna, habitats and marine environments. Here some examples and best practice of the use of drones.
Natura 2000 Awards: Socio-Economic Benefits
and the winner is... a project managed by our member in Estonia

The project “LIFE to alvars: restoration and grazing reintroduction for 2500 hectares of Estonian alvar grasslands”, Estonia won the Socio-Economic Benefits Award for their work involving local farmers in the long-term management of Natura 2000 sites. Approximately 600 landowners participated in the restoration of the alvar grasslands, previously overgrown with shrubs and trees and thanks to this project the perception of Natura 2000 is now much more positive. Read more about the project here.
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