Subject: E-learning and capacity building for N2000 Managers | LIFE

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Welcome to the first newsletter of our LIFE Preparatory project, 

This biannual newsletter is dedicated to sharing news, 
events & updates about the project and its activities.

About LIFE 
Building practical capacities for Natura 2000 managers
Helping them with what they need to know and be able to do
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 is designed to enable peers to connect and learn about what managers need to know and be able to do.
The project focuses on core competencies and will provide new ways to access information and e-learning tools covering the multiple skills required for Natura 2000 management and policy implementation. 

A cohort of 60 participants will form the project’s ‘core group’ of participants: this will be complemented and extended by a further target group of 500 ‘casual’ users of the project’s competence development materials. Participants will be drawn from the full spectrum of managers working with and involved in implementation of Natura 2000. The project will proactively engage a representative range of Natura 2000 managers across the EU – site-based staff, private landowners, protected area staff, rangers etc. 

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Resources and updates
[REPORT] Competencies identified for & required by Natura 2000 managers

What core competencies do Natura 2000 professionals need  to have? How can we build practical capacities and know-how through innovative methods

The project team and invited experts analysed the IUCN Global Register of Competencies for Protected Area Practitioners with the objective of identifying a set of priority competencies specifically required by Natura 2000 site managers and for which the project will develop a set of innovative learning tools.

The report includes: 1) an analysis of functions required to be performed by site managers for the efficient implementation of Natura 2000; 2) a methodological framework for the development of a coherent, competence-based approach to capacity building for Natura 2000 site management; 3) a defined list of key competencies identified as being particularly relevant for Natura 2000 site managers across Europe – these lie in the fields of Communication and collaboration, Awareness and Education, and Natura 2000 policy.

[FOCUS INTERVIEW] The Kullaberg Nature Reserve by Elena Bazhenova

The Kullaberg Nature Reserve, one of the partners of the Life project, is located in the north-west corner of Scania province in Sweden, ensuring the protection of 1400 hectares of coast and sea. 

In this article, Elena Bazhenova, project manager in Kullaberg, gives you an overview of the Reserve, and shares her experience with online learning.

"Many people are critical or skeptical about online learning but I prefer to focus on the positive sides, such as accessibility of education anytime and anywhere in the world, and this incredible feeling that we all are connected and we all have equal access to information. As a part of learning, in a virtual classroom, you do not just absorb the information, you also meet a lot of amazing people and ideas from all over the globe that you would not be able to meet otherwise. In my experience, online learning is perfect if it can be combined with a peer-to-peer format or other modes of direct communication with both teachers and fellow students."

[OPPORTUNITIES] Stay tunned, the best is yet to come!

In 2019, we move ahead into the main recruitment and production phase of the project – watch our project webpages and get involved!
The application process for a core group of 60 participants will open in September 2019. 

The project will work intensively with three groups of 20 – one group each in Spain and Romania, working in Spanish and Romanian respectively, and a ‘rest of Europe’ international group, working in English. The main working language of the project will be English, which means all participants should have a reasonably good level of English. 

We aim to attract as many applicants as possible from a wide diversity of Natura 2000 site managers across Europe– this is designed to involve a much larger group of Natura 2000 site managers, engaged as casual users in the project. We need your feedback, experiences and ideas to help make the project a success! There will be many ways to engage, use the project’s materials and trial new e-learning tools.

All participants will be able to (e-) connect through the project using a new smartphone app that we will develop and launch in 2020. Equally, you will be able to send us news and information about your work or projects and tell us about your practical experiences with Natura 2000 management.

[OPPORTUNITIES] European Natura 2000 Award 2020 opens for applications!

Now in its fifth year, the high-profile EU Natura 2000 Award is again open for applications. If you have been working hard for Natura 2000, be it through active conservation work, awareness raising or other successful activities related to Natura 2000, this award is for you! It provides an excellent opportunity to promote your work, network and exchange experiences with EU policy makers and other applicants.The Natura 2000 Award recognises good practice in Natura 2000 sites in six different categories:
- Communication;
- Socio-Economic Benefits;
- Conservation;
- Reconciling Interests / Perceptions;
- Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking

Additionally, the European Citizens’ Award provides the public with an opportunity to vote for its favourite achievement. The application receiving the highest number of public votes will win the prestigious European Citizens’ Award. Apply before 30 September 2019 and get the recognition you deserve!

Connecting with other projects
LIFE INTEMARES IP Capacity Building in Marine Natura 2000 site management, Spain

Efficient management of the Marine Natura 2000 Network requires a capacity building strategy focused on managers and other marine site stakeholders. The project LIFE IP INTEMARES, coordinated by the Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition through the Biodiversity Foundation, has drafted a training and capacity building strategy for managers of marine protected areas, as well as other users and groups of interest at national level. The training strategy includes actions that will make it easier for managers to transmit the benefits and social and economic opportunities of the Natura 2000 Network: in addition, it will promote innovative awareness programmes, launch training cycles on marine protected areas, and increase access to knowledge regarding diverse sources of financing and scientific information.

ERASMUS Sustainable Tourism - Training for Tomorrow 

EUROPARC is a partner in the project Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow” will conclude in February 2021. Funded through the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2.
We are currently looking for stakeholders associated directly or indirectly with the territory of a natural protected areas (natural park, national park, nature reserve, Natura 2000 or other), and involved in any way in the planning and/or delivery of tourism and recreation in the region, to complete a questionnaire (should take around 10 minutes). Your responses will help identify potential training needs in different areas related to sustainable tourism and for different stakeholders; your answers will be totally confidential and treated only for statistical purposes. Find the Survey in your language (English, French, Italian, and Spanish) here.

AONBs The Future Landscapes project

AONBs are designated landscapes safeguarded in the national interest for their distinctive character and natural beauty. They cover about 18% of the English and Welsh countryside. The Future Landscapes project is delivered by the UK charity the National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) and was made possible by the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the form of a £164,300 grant. It explores how the AONB Network and its national charity can become more resilient and better prepared to address strategic challenges. This initiative is part of a wider ambition to develop organisational and professional capacity to respond to changing political, policy and fiscal challenges.

Read out the outcomes of our 2 technical meetings

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