The 2015 short list for the Natura 2000 Award is announced!

Maas Schwalm Nette Nature Park, EUROPARC candidate member for the Natura 2000 Award © Silke Weich

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Support and vote now for our candidate member!

The Natura 2000 Award was launched by the European Commission in 2013, with the first prizes awarded on Natura 2000 Day in 2014. The annual Award aims to raise awareness about the Natura 2000 network, showcase excellence and encourage networking between people working on Natura 2000 sites.

It awards prizes to those working on the management of, or to raise awareness about Natura 2000 in five award categories: Conservation; Socio-Economic Benefits; Communication; Reconciling Interests and Perceptions; Cross-Border Cooperation and Networking.

The 2015 short-list has been announced and the public vote is now open! Check the list of the 23 finalists on the 2015 Award Finalists page and vote for our member “the German-Dutch Nature Park Maas-Schwalm-Nette”, candidate for the Cross-border Cooperation and Networking category.

The finalist with the most votes will win the EU Citizens’ Award and, together with the winners in the 5 Award categories, will be announced at a special ceremony on 21 May. The vote will close at midnight on the 6 of May.

Natura 2000 Logo

Natura 2000 Logo

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with all the finalists and other important stakeholders and register now to participate in the Ceremony.

The EUROPARC Team wishes good luck to all the candidates!

Charter Network Meeting, registrations are now open!

European Charter for sustainable tourism © EUROPARC Federation

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Register now for the 9th Charter Network Meeting that will take place in Vila Nova de Cerveira (PT) from 4th-7th May!

This is a unique opportunity for tourism business and parks to showcase their work in sustainable tourism and to learn from each other how we can improve. Through key note speeches, and practical workshops we will look at new ways forward in the Charter for Sustainable Tourism and how it contributes to a resource-efficient, green and competitive, low-carbon and climate resilient economy!

You will find more info about registrations and the programme of the event here.

Please notice that although the Charter Network Meeting will be lead in English, some parts of the event will be broken down into different language groups.

Don’t miss this great opportunity and register soon!

We hope to see you all there!

The EUROPARC Federation has just launched its 2014 Annual Report!

EUROPARC Federation Annual Report 2014 screenshot © EUROPARC Federation

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“Coming Together is a beginning, Keeping Together is a process, Working Together is a success.”

Last year was another special year for the EUROPARC Federation and 2014 was certainly a year for EUROPARC members to come, keep and work together.

With this report we are bringing you an overview of what the EUROPARC Federation has been working on and for: our last annual conference in Killarney National Park (Ireland), the election of a new Council and President, the European Day of Parks, our participation at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, and much more…

You will also find the summary of the achievements coming from the regional and national EUROPARC Federation Sections.

With a membership that comes together, keeps together and works together we are sure of more success to come.

See here EUROPARC’s 2014 highlights – the German and French versions are also available!

The European Day of Parks is upon us once again!

European Day of Parks 2015

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European Day of Parks 2015 “Nature is Our Business”

24 May, all over Europe!

Every year EUROPARC members “gather” events around May 24th to celebrate and raise the profile of the value and benefits of all our Protected Areas. By coming together around one theme, on one occasion in the year we have a stronger collective voice.

This year we show the nature we have in our care, is valuable in its own right, but needed for business too. So why not make a special natural market place, showcasing all your local products, or make a joint promotion with sustainable businesses? You can even highlight nature guiding and nature watching in your park… show that looking after nature is the “business “of the park.

We celebrate officially on the 24th May, marking the date when the first national parks in Europe were founded, but please also use the week around this date to organise your events.

What can you do for the European Day of Parks?

1) Organise an event!
Register here for the event.

2) Have access here to the logos, cards and posters we have prepared for you and that you can use for promoting the event in your Protected Area!

More info on our webpage dedicated to the European Day of Parks.

Join the European Day of Parks 2015 initiative and make this day an unforgettable event!