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EUROPARC Federation currently represents 365 members. These include protected areas, governmental departments, NGO's and businesses in 36 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe's land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavour to exchange expertise, experience and best practise as well as to collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.

If you want to find out more about who we are or what we do please follow these links or use the menu at the top of the page to navigate through the EUROPARC network and its work. Within the site you will also find interesting information about whats on and new within the Federation and Brussels and downloadable copies of some of our publications in our library.

Follow this link for address of the Regensburg office, the Brussels office and staff contact details.

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The "Sydney Promise" on the way

EUROPARC is being actively engaged to prepare its contribution and coordinate European Protected Area strengths toward the 6th World Parks Congress (WPC) which will take place in Sydney, Australia in November 2014, under the theme “Parks, People, Planet: inspiring solutions”.

The Congress, organised by IUCN and held every ten years, is the world’s most influential gathering of people involved in Protected Area management, it sets the global agenda for the following decade.

EUROPARC joined forces together with WCPA and others to collect good practice examples and experiences from within the European network of Protected Areas to address to main issues for the future of Protected Areas.

The WCPA Europe - steering committee, of which EUROPARC’s Director, Carol Ritchie is a member, met last week in London and considered how to optimise the European inputs into the Congress. 

To ensure, that our Protected Areas get the most out of this important happening, a special follow up “European event” was discussed and consideration of the main issue that Europe can contribute to the Congress.

EUROPARC assisted the programme committee by sorting and reviewing the 300 submissions from all over Europe to the WPC.

A “little Sydney” event was considered for spring of 2015 to bring the “Sydney Promise” back to European colleagues. This “Sydney Promise” will be an action-orientated agenda for Protected Areas for the next 10 years and beyond.  

In addition to this, EUROPARC submitted its input the Congress to ensure the experience and challenges of Protected Areas – in particular the success and challenges of the N2000 network - across Europe are well represented and taken into high consideration on the debate towards the future role of Protected Areas at world level.  All EUROPARC members and Sections have been invited in the preparatory process to endeavour EUROPARC to effectively represent at the Congress the voice of Protected Areas in Europe.

EUROPARC council will now consider the role it can play in the WPC in Sydney at its Council meeting in May.

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Forthcoming events

European Clean-up Day

10th May 2014

Every year, millions of tones of litter end up in oceans, beaches, forests and elsewhere in nature. ...

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The John Muir Conference 2014

12th May 2014

  2014 marks the centenary of Muir’s death and the year of Homecoming. In honour of thi ...

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IRF - 3rd European Rangers Training Seminar

13th May 2014

The International Rangers Federation - »IRF« and Croatian Rangers Association - »C ...

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