EU Policy & Advocacy

Charter Award Ceremony 2017. From left to right: Ignace Schops (EUROPARC President), Andrew Bianco (Cabinet of Commissioner Vella, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries), Roby Biwer (Vice President Committee of the Regions). © Steffi Burger

European policies play a vital role for the current state and for the future development of our shared natural environment – including our diverse network of Protected Areas.

EUROPARC advocates for members’ interests at European level and actively contributes to the development and implementation of EU relevant policies, providing expertise, facilitating the exchange of experiences and driving the information flow from and to our members.

The experiences and expertise of members and the regular exchange of information within our wide network are crucial if we want to be successful in our advocacy work.

EUROPARC Policy Work – Adding Value for Protected Areas at EU Level

  • Through managing much of the Natura 2000 network, Protected Areas contribute significantly to a broad range of European Union policy areas. EUROPARC promotes their value as successful examples of integrated landscape management and living laboratories for sustainable development as well as for the conservation of endangered habitats and species.
  • EUROPARC works to impact the development of policies relevant to sustainable PA management and supports Protected Areas in the process of implementing policies and regulations relevant to their daily practise and challenges.

European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries values EUROPARC’s work: 

EUROPARC Policy Areas

Main focus of EUROPARC policy and advocacy work is Nature and Biodiversity, which interlinks with the specific engagement in Natura 2000, sustainable tourism, periurban areas, regional development, health, education, fisheries climate and sustainable agriculture.

EUROPARC is actively contributing to the implementation of the 7th Environmental Action Programme, the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and the EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy.

We are currently engaged towards

  • The effective implementation of the Nature Directives and the Natura 2000 network.
  • The development and implementation of the Green Infrastructure Strategy.
  • The integration of biodiversity priorities within agriculture, marine and tourism policies.
  • The knowledge improvement on ecosystem services and the promotion of wilderness conservation.

Updates arising from our representations, meetings and cooperation in the wider network of European Institutions are regularly made available for members on our website, facebook and twitter feeds.

We encourage you to follow and to get in touch with our Brussels Office for further information or for sharing your knowledge with the wider EUROPARC network.