Subject: At the highest level | eNews November

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EUROPARC Federation eNews
November 2018

Dear readers,

During the coming weeks, EUROPARC members will be represented at the highest level in Brussels, with three events hosted by the European Commission and the European Parliament. 

Tomorrow, with the "Nature and Culture in Dialogue" Seminar, jointly organised with Interpret Europe, we will look at the intersection between natural heritage and cultural identity. Thursday, is the day to celebrate success with the 19 EUROPARC Sustainable Destinations that will be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. And finally, on the 7th of December, we need your participation for the second edition of the "Seminar-Dialogue Partnerships for Biodivesity", co-organised with the DG Environment. Read below how you can join us in Brussels!

This month, the eNews is introduced by Giacomo Benelli, EUROPARC expert in Sustainable Tourism. Giacomo will tell you the latest developments of the Network of Sustainable Destinations and the newest project updates on sustainable tourism.

We wish you happy readings,
Your Directorate team
In this issue...
Special: Events in Brussels
Project Updates
> New Life Clima Project: NaturAdapt
> IMPACT Interreg Europe: Meeting in Malaga
> CEETO Interreg Central Europe: Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Croatia


special: Events in Brussels
Nature and Culture in Dialogue
Celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Tomorrow, the EUROPARC Federation and Interpret Europe organise a special event in Brussels, hosted by the European Commission, on the connection between Europe's natural and cultural heritage. How does natural heritage influence cultural identity? How can interpretation support Protected Areas better-connecting people to the story of their place and community?

In the beginning of 2018, Interpret Europe and EUROPARC Federation announced a partnership focused. Now, looking ahead on how to follow up after the European Year of Culture 2018, we would like to present the results of our cooperation and with the participation of DG Environment and DG Education and Culture, discuss experiences and opportunities to link nature and culture against the heritage background. More about the event at: www.europarc.org/nature-culture-dialogue
Charter Awards Ceremony 2018
19 Sustainable Destinations will be awarded in the European Parliament

On the 29th November, 19 Sustainable Destinations will be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, in a Conference organised in the European Parliament, kindly hosted by the Member of the European Parliament Mr Paolo de Castro.

The ceremony will be an outstanding opportunity to look at the benefits that sustainable tourism strategies provide for people, environment and local economy within protected areas. Programme and registrations available at:
www.europarc.org/charter-award-ceremony2018

Special Side event: Wednesday, 28th November 18:30
All participants are invited by Puglia Region (Italy) to attend to the presentation of the project “LandXcape – art, storytelling, landscape”. Regione Puglia in Bruxelles – Rue du Trone, 62 – 5° floor. Light refreshments will be offered.

Premiere of the Film "A Sustainable Journey"

During the Charter Award Ceremony, participants will have the chance to assist to the premiere of the film "A Sustainable Journey". 
Produced by EUROPARC Federation in the framework of CEETO project, this film portrays the story of a traveller seeking to escape the pressures of everyday life to a different kind of tourism that he believes will be good for nature and good for him too. Watch the trailer here.
Opportunity for EUROPARC Members
Seminar-Dialogue with the European Commission

On the 7th December, EUROPARC members will have the chance to sit with the European Commission to share their experience and needs for the effective management of Natura 2000. By bringing together representatives of different Directorate-General from the European Commission and protected area professionals, EUROPARC aims to highlight the contribution of Protected Areas to the achievement of the European policy goals, whilst giving the European Commission a clear insight of the challenges faced by professionals in the field.

The Seminar will count with interventions from EUROPARC members and from DG Environment, DG Agriculture and DG Education and Culture, from whom we will hear the latest policy updates and funding opportunities. we look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to Brussels. Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. Programme and registrations available at: www.europarc.org/seminar-dialogue-2018 
EUROPARC Updates
Next EUROPARC Webinar
Management Challenges in Marine Natura 2000 sites

Wednesday, 5th December 10:00 (CET)
By 2017, more than 3000 marine Natura 2000 sites have been designated, covering over 7% of the total EU marine area. In this webinar, we will get to know two of these designated sites, one from the Marine Atlantic region – the Isles of Scilly, one from the Marine Mediterranean region – the Portofino Marine Protected Area. The webinar will be presented by Fotios Papoulia, policy officer at the European Commission DG ENVI, who will introduce the main priorities and challenges of Natura 2000 in the Marine Environment. Register here.
EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Webinar
Looking at the Peatland Code

Monday, 10th December 13.00-12.00 (CET) 
This Webinar will provide a brief introduction to the UK Peatland Code – a voluntary standard for UK peatland projects looking to market the ecosystem benefits of restoration. It will focus on the Pennine PeatLIFE’s experience of the initial stages of registering and validating two of its Yorkshire Dales sites. This has resulted in the successful registration of one of England’s first ever Peatland Code sites. Register here
"We have an appointment with the Future!"
by Ignace Schops, EUROPARC President


The new Living Planet Report 2018 of WWF is very clear. All indicators show a colossal loss, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the destruction of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilization. "We have an appointment with the future!" is a call to action by EUROPARC President, Ignace Schops. Read the article here.


Project Updates
New EUROPARC Project Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow

Building up curricula that address the particular needs of Protected Area professionals and delivering them through new, innovative and digital tools is a strong commitment of the EUROPARC Federation. This new ERASMUS+ project aims at building a digital curriculum for Sustainable Tourism professionals, drawing from the experiences of the EUROPARC Charter for Sustainable Tourism protected areas.

The curricula will be designed for Protected Areas staff, businesses and public partners, who will have the possibility to join in online training courses and training workshops that will take place in Spain, France and Italy. A great opportunity for members of the EUROPARC network of Sustainable Destinations to be involved! Keep tuned.

New Project on Climate Change
NaturAdapt: A dynamic collective learning process for Climate Change Adaptation

The NaturAdapt project aims at triggering a transition towards the adaptive management of protected areas while laying the foundations of a dynamic collective learning process. The goal is to support protected area managers to adopt new adaptive planning and governance tools accounting for Climate Change. In the meantime, if you have any experience in or questions about adaptive management of protected areas and/or climate change, we’d be delighted to talk about it with you! Just send us an email!
Life e-Natura2000
New ways for building professional capacities: needs & tools

Natura 2000 managers and protected area practitioners work on the ‘front-line’ of nature conservation and sustainable development. But which are the skills and knowledge do they need? In this article, we explore which learning tools and methods work better, and which are the main competency needs of protected areas and natura 2000 managers.
CEETO Interreg Central Europe
Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Croatia

The three-day International Conference on Protected Areas and Sustainable Tourism that took place in Opatija, organised by the CEETO project partners with the special involvement of the partner WWF Adria, analysed the influence of tourism sector in decision-making, related to the management of protected areas. Read the outcomes of the conference and download all presentations here.
IMPACT Interreg Europe
Designing new management models for Protected Areas

During this month, IMPACT partners have continued to implement their Action plans based on the previous exchange of good practices. They have also attended a project meeting hosted in Málaga by the Lead Partner, the Regional Government of Andalusia. Participants could learn about the Model of Public Use and the main features of Sustainable Development Plans for Andalusian Protected Areas and their areas of influence. Moreover, they could also enjoy the re-valorised cultural and natural trail – El Caminito del Rey – that receives over 1 million visitors per year. For more information about IMPACT project, please visit IMPACT Interreg Europe Website 

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