EUROPARC is recognised around the world as a professional network of European Protected Areas.
Over the last decades EUROPARC has implemented and completed many projects and programmes. Through this work the Federation has significantly contributed to enhance public awareness about Protected Areas and influenced European nature conservation policies.
Find below an overview of past projects and their corresponding documents.
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Action for Youth in Parks (EU – Youth in Action Programme)
Action for Youth in Parks sought to improve quality standard in the delivery of youth environmental education across Europe. Through a better coordination of European Rangers the aim was to enhance opportunities for young people to participate in Junior Ranger activities and new youth environmental education programmes in Protected Areas.
The main activity of the project, was a four day participatory workshop, with 27 participants from 16 countries. The workshop examined Rangers’ training needs and enabled the sharing of experiences and best practice of youth education. Furthermore it looked at how to develop common guidelines for youth environmental programmes, deliver better focused training for Rangers and promote new projects for youth in parks. The project sought to produce an agreed course of action, identified new project opportunities and a road map for future training of rangers in youth education. A final report showing the analysis of what is needed to improve the quality of youth environmental education, was produced and distributed to the network of European Ranger associations.
Access the relevant documents from Action for Youth in Parks here.
Danbue-Carpathian Programme (WWF)
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European Charter Net (BfN)
Embedding the Charter in international initiatives, thereby fortifying and raising its importance at an international level, was one of the main aims of EUROPARC’s European CharterNet project. In particular, the is important. A comparative analysis of the Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development and the Charter was undertaken. The results clearly demonstrated that the Charter is an excellent way of implementing the CBD Guidelines in Protected Areas. The project also aimed at enlarging the Charter Network to central and eastern European countries by promoting partnerships and offering study visits. More opportunities for network meetings were created in order to strengthen the network. In the framework of the project communication materials (leaflets, exhibition stands, internet and newsletter) were also developed.
Available information on the European Charter Net project and its outcomes can be found in the library.
NaturRegio – Trainees for Nature: Nature conservation and regional development in Romania and Bulgaria (DBU)
NaturRegio aimed at developing and implementing tangible projects in the fields of nature conservation and regional development in Bulgaria and Romania. Furthermore it worked towards creating an expert network composed of Protected Area staff from large scale Protected Areas and governmental and non-governmental nature conservation institutions in Germany, Bulgaria and Romania. The pilot project picked up experiences gained by DBU and project partners in fostering environment and nature conservation in countries in central and eastern Europe. It also tested new strategies to support a forward-looking approach to nature conservation in combination with practice-oriented concepts of regional development for Bulgaria and Romania.
Each year over the course of three years, ten young executives from Bulgaria Romania working in nature conservation or regional development, came as trainees to large scale Protected Areas and other nature conservation organizations in Germany. Through practical work, workshops and seminars they were prepared for the second project phase, which included the development and implementation of a nature conservation or regional development project in their home countries.
Learn more on the project and access the documents available here.
PAME: Protected Area Management Effectiveness Assessments in Europe (BfN)
The main purpose of this project was to provide an overview of existing Protected Area Management Effectiveness Evaluation (PAME) in European countries, notably with extent to application, methodologies and assessment results. Therefore a European study on PAME was conducted, led by the Universities of Greifswald and Queensland and in Partnership with UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, EUROPARC, and the German Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the latter of which provided financial support. It was possible to create a comprehensive and systematic overview of existing studies, evaluation methods and key indicators for PAME in Europe, synthesize the results and give recommendations for best practice in European management effectiveness evaluation. The results can be found in a profound report and hopefully will encourage more people to apply PAME in their parks.
Parks & Benefits (EU – ERFD/BSRP)
PARKS & BENEFITS was a 1st round project of the Baltic Sea Region Programme which operated between with a specific aim to strengthen sustainable nature tourism in eight Protected Areas across the Baltic Sea Region. Through international co-operation and learning from others experiences across the wider EUROPARC network of over 400 members in 36 countries, the PARKS & BENEFITS project has focussed on the economic, social and environmental benefits that sustainable tourism can bring. How these benefits can add value to local and regional economies is set out in the Guide to Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, published in October 2011. It explains how the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (the Charter) is used as a practical management tool to help create a strategic alliance, or partnership, between diverse stakeholder groups in the tourism and conservation sectors of the eight Protected Areas in six countries around the Baltic Sea.
STEPPA: Sustainable Tourism in Enterprises, Parks and Protected Areas (EU – DG Enterprise and Industry)
STEPPA focued on the application of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas to small an micro tourism enterprises developing partnerships with Protected Areas. It achieved to provide harmonisation of sustainability standards to the different Charter approaches being used to work with businesses in Europe. This took place through networking of stakeholders and tourism researchers for knowledge sharing. Pilot actions aimed for demonstration of links between sustainable practices, increased competetiveness, and conservation awareness.
The Value of the Charter in identifying sustainable tourism destinations (BfN)
This project set out to determine the value of the Charter for Sustainable Tourism Protected Areas’ contribution in identifying sustainable tourism destinations. The project showed that the Charter is a useful and important tool that delivers social, environmental and economic benefits and indeed can be described as a model of governance that delivers Protected Areas as sustainable tourism destinations. Further it showed that the Charter is able to deliver wider European and international policies.
The project collected magic numbers, a data-set to identify the economic and other values, derived by protected areas who gain Charter certification. The data demonstrated that the number of species and habitats being managed in Charter areas was significant. This indicated for the first time the huge range of Natura 2000 sites and endangered species that are being managed under the Charter sustainable tourism principles. An infographic on these magic numbers was produced alongside a brochure indicating best practice case studies of partnerships between business and protected areas and Charter areas, illustrating the social, economic and environmental benefits.
Volunteer Management in European Parks (EU – Grundtvig: Lifelong Learning)
Volunteer Management in European Parks set out to increase the capacity of Protected Areas, including national and nature parks as well as biosphere reserves, to advance approaches to lifelong learning through volunteering. The project brought together individual Protected Areas, national and European networks and specialist in environmental volunteering and enhanced the recognition of the role of volunteering and lifelong learning in Protected Areas at a strategic level. Three training events provided an invaluable opportunity for new and experienced volunteer coordinators to share experience, acquire knowledge, and assist each other in questions specific to the management of volunteers in parks and running volunteer schemes. All project partners considered good practice in their own countries and reviewed literature about volunteer management in protected areas in the course of producing common guidelines for quality volunteer management in European parks. Guidelines on Volunteer Management in European Parks were produced and be found alongside other documents in the library.
Wild Europe Initiative (WWF Netherlands, Natuurmonumenten)
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Working for Nature – Nature for Working (DBU)
The main aim of the project was to enhance the exchange of information between people looking for an internship and Protected Areas offering them. This provides valuable support for young people with an interest in nature conservation and Protected Area management. The project seeked to contribute in the long run to an enhancement in quality and quantity of internships being offered in European Protected Areas. Main tool was a website where Protected Areas could advertise free posts for interns and where potential candidates would find the necessary information and contact details to arrange an internship with the park.
More information on the project can be found here.