Siggen Seminars

Siggen Seminar Estate © EUROPARC Federation

Bringing together Protected Area professionals to learn together, share experience and knowledge in differing aspects of Protected Area management and innovate new ideas is at the heart of the EUROPARC Federation’s work.

With the enlightened generosity of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. we have access, annually to their private seminar centre at Gut Siggen in North Germany, hugging the Baltic Sea coast.

Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s founder was also one of the Federation’s founders and played an important role in its growth and development. They provide this facility to EUROPARC exclusively in order that those working in Protected Areas have an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge and to enable EUROPARC to use the time wisely to take forward its own development.

The opportunity to exchange knowledge, share experience, and establish professional contacts are most beneficial for working in the international context of conservation. The knowledge that participants gain in Siggen feeds back into their work in the different regions of Europe and fosters their sense of connectedness and togetherness in the EUROPARC Federation.


14 – 17 April
N2000 from Designation to Implementation

This year the seminar will run from 14th-17th April, and will focus on Protected Areas and their role in the management of N2000 sites.  In particular we will be looking, from a management perspective, at the implementation problems and successes of the Habitats and Birds Directives. This will contribute to the current European Commission Fitness Check on EU Nature Legislation.  So,if you manage or are responsible for N2000 sites, want to input into the major review of European nature policy or are interested in finding out more, then this is the seminar for you!

If you would like more information, register or book your place, please contact us.

You can also download below the programme of the Seminar.

The outcomes of previous Siggen seminars are made available to all members. For details of previous seminars please follow the links below:

2014: Successful Projects for Effective Management

2013: Purpose and process of Management Planning for Protected Areas

2012: Conflict management in Protected Areas

This activity is supported by:

  • The support of Alfred Toepfer Foundation is highly appreciated by EUROPARC Federation and the continuation of the annual seminars will ensure that all members can actively contribute to the ongoing strategic development of the Federation.