EUROPARC Conference

Save the Date for EUROPARC Conference 2018!

18-21 September 2018

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

The theme ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ will focus on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations. Matching the ‘Year of Young People’ designated in Scotland for 2018, the conference will call for young people to be more involved in decision making, volunteering, working and living in Parks.

Peter Argyle, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) said: “It is fantastic to be hosting the EUROPARC conference in 2018 and we look forward to welcoming delegates from across Europe to this spectacular area. It is a great opportunity to showcase the Park and be inspired by young people from across Europe.”

Ignace Schops, President of the EUROPARC Federation said: “The Cairngorms National Park is a stunning landscape and we look forward to bringing our European delegates to engage with young people. With an inspirational theme chosen for the conference, we really look to what the hundreds of Parks and Protected areas across Europe can do to deliver for future generations.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “The EUROPARC conference is set to be a very exciting addition to the Year Young People 2018 and Aviemore is the perfect location. The Cairngorms National Park will inspire young people from across Europe to take the lead and create thriving protected areas of outstanding natural beauty across the continent.”

Around 300 delegates from across Europe are expected to meet at the Aviemore Highland resort and plans are being drawn up for a Youth Festival to run alongside the main event. Soon we will have more information available. Until then, feel free to get to know more about the Cairngorms National Park!