Subject: 🎄 The Best of 2018 and a message from our Secret Santa 🎅 | eNews December

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
December 2018

Dear readers,

2018 is fading away, but we could not miss the opportunity to share with the best of 2018, with the launch of our annual Journal Protected Areas In-Sight.

This month, the eNews is introduced by Federico Minozzi, EUROPARC Managing Director, who shares the highlights of this year and the seasons greetings on behalf of all EUROPARC Directorate Team.

Meanwhile, EUROPARC Santa Schops sent us also a very special message for the upcoming year... :) 

We wish you happy readings and look forward to keep working for (and with!) you in 2019. 

Your Directorate Team
special: Christmas Message
"Let’s protect our million stars hotel we call Home" 

Ho, ho, ho …!
Jingle bells, Jingle bells … The end of 2018 is near, so for many of us, it is time to look back and reflect. As president of EUROPARC Federation, I can proudly say that as Federation we did well! Our membership grew, our projects, seminars and webinars were successful. 
Promising is our increased influence at the EU-level. Our experience and expertise are highly valued. And our annual conference in the Cairngorms National Park was outstanding. Thank you to the Cairngorms National Park Authority and all the members and partners who helped us to achieve a remarkable year. Last but not least a big thank you for the joint forces of the council and an excellent work of the directorate.


Alarm bells, alarm bells … 2018 was also the year where all the alarms went off!
Again! Heat waves, hurricanes, floodings, … There were again clear signals we are losing our comfort zone. With biodiversity loss and the collapsing ecosystems, we are destroying where we depend on. And apparently, the world leaders hesitate to take concrete action.

The discussions and outcomes of the COP 14 on the Convention on Biological Diversity in Sharm El-Sheikh, in Egypt, were nearly covered in the press.  Pașca Palmer, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, said:

"The loss of biodiversity is a silent killer. Yet there is growing evidence that the crisis of the natural world has become as much of a threat to humankind and is amplifying the chaos in the world’s weather systems."

The special report “Global Warming of 1.5°C” was very clear.  “A half of a degree less, makes a world of difference”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Unless we become climate neutral by 2050, we will face severe problems. 

Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require “unprecedented” transitions. Sadly, his words were not heard widely. The Climate COP 24 in Katowice wasn’t a success. Big nations are hesitating and don’t show a higher ambition to save ourselves and all the living species from the brink of extinction. An extra COP in September 2019 in New York will be crucial.

A message of hope
Refreshing and heartwarming was the intervention and respond of our children, the youth, the “next generation”. At our conference in the Cairngorms, we welcomed the “EUROPARC Youth Manifesto”, their view on the future! Yes, we need to believe in the next generations and give them everything we have! 
In Katowice the 15-year-old Swedish Greta Thunberg made a fantastic and breathtaking speech, urging the world leaders to act and protect our precious planet, the million stars hotel we live in!  It is what you do, not what you say!

Let’s listen to the next generation and let’s protect were we depend on!

Merry Chrismas & Happy New Year!
Santa Schops, your president

EUROPARC Updates
Save the Date!
Charter Network Meeting 2019

Every two years, the EUROPARC network of Sustainable Destinations comes together to exchange experience and best practice. The XI Charter Network Meeting is kindly hosted by the Tzoumerka, Acheloos Valley, Agrafa and Meteora National Park, who will ensure an amazing Greek experience, between the 9 - 14th April. We will be looking at the social and cultural impacts of tourism: Exploring a Sustainable response. The programme will be launched soon! Follow the updates here.
The best of 2018
EUROPARC Journal Protected Areas In-Sight is available in English, German and French

Following the theme of EUROPARC Conference 2018 and the launch of the Youth Manifesto, we bring you an insightful look at how Parks can be inspired by the next Generation!
Besides, we share with you the latest updates on the CAP Debate, with a special interview with a member of the European Commission.
Climate is changing. Let us collaborate to adapt!

We believe that this is more important than ever! NaturAdapt is a LIFE project that aims at developing a protected area management tool for climate change adaptation that is based on a collective learning process in Europe.

Your insights are important to us! 
Could you please share your opinion/experience on the issue with us and take a short online survey by Jan 11 2019? It is very simple and quick, about 10 minutes.
Siggen Seminar 2019 - Registrations are open
Youth involvement in Protected Areas

Between the 18-21 March, 20 EUROPARC members have the chance to meet in northern Germany for a free training on how to involve youth in Protected AreasRegistrations are open and some places are still available! Read all information here. 
19 Sustainable Destinations Awarded in Brussels!
The Charter Award Ceremony 2019 

On the 29th November, 19 Sustainable Destinations were awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, in a high-level Ceremony organised in the European Parliament. Get to know the Parks awarded and read the outcomes of the Ceremony.
Nature and Culture in Dialogue
Working together, for Natural and Cultural Heritage

How can interpretation influence the connection to Europe’s natural and cultural heritage? As a celebration of the European Year for Cultural Heritage, EUROPARC and Interpret Europe came together to organise a series of events looking at the link between Natural heritage anc cultural identity. The collaboration culminated in a Seminar held in Brussels, where we brought together members from the different European Commission. Get to know the outcomes of the meeting.
Marine Protected Areas
From policy to (needed) responses

What is the state of the European Marine environment? Which are the legal instruments to protected marine species and habitats? And what are the challenges for Marine Natura 2000 sites and Marine Protected Areas?
In the last EUROPARC Webinar, we’ve heard from the EU Commission about the current state of our marine environments and heard in first hand the challenges faced by Marine Natura 2000 sites in the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions. Read the outcomes of the webinar and watch the full recording here.

Congratulations EUROPARC Spain!
The Spanish Section of EUROPARC celebrated its 25th Anniversary

25 years working for protected areas and society! EUROPARC Spain celebrated this week, in a special ceremony in Madrid, their main achievements over the past decades and looked at the future challenges ahead. EUROPARC Spain together with FUNGOBE, plays a fundamental role in protecting biodiversity in Spain, bridging scientific research with the practical management of Protected Areas. Congratulations EUROPARC Spain, and we wish you all the best for the coming years!

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