Transboundary cooperation between Thayatal (AU) and Podyjí National Parks (CZ) being re-evaluated

Verifier Kari Lahti (FI), second from right during his verification mission for the re-evaluation of Thayatal (AU) and Podyjí National Parks (CZ) © Kari Lahti

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Nature without borders was a important research and monitoring project which focused in several moduls on bats, spiders and beetles, snakes, wild cat, birds, butterflies and dead wood. Except data and research outcomes, several publications outcomes resulted from the project (Books on birds and butterflies of Podyji/Thayatal, brochures on bats, dead wood and so on).

The two Parks are glad that more and more people from both side of the border are attending their events: last Saturday took place a family festival in Znojmo (CZ) and in the end of June a regional wine festival will be organized at border bridge in Hardegg (AU).

The EUROPARC Federation is therefore very delighted to see the cooperation between Thayatal (AU) and Podyjí National Parks (CZ) being intensified again. This is also the case for Neusiedlerssee-Seewinkl (AU) and Fertö-Hanság National Parks (HU) that were already visited, and Bavarian Forest (DE) and Šumava National Parks (CZ) that will be re-evaluated mid June. If their re-assessments are successful, they will receive their renewed Transboundary Certificate during the EUROPARC Conference, 26th- to 27th October in Regensburg.

Nature has no frontiers and this cooperation is obviously a great opportunity for our Parks to manage more effectively Europe’s natural resources and aspire to be models of sustainable development.

Based on principles that seek to harmonize the needs of people to use natural areas, these transboundary areas also fundamentally protect the intrinsic value of nature itself as well as they enable greater cooperative management in Europe.

To learn more about the Transboundary Parks Program, visit our dedicated webpage.

The 2015 edition of the European Day of Park was a great success, but the celebrations are not over!

European Day of Parks 2015 © EUROPARC Federation

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The EUROPARC‬ Federation would like to thank you all for your participation for the European Day of Parks 2015‬. Once again, it has been a real success!

On European Day of Parks 2015, we showed that Nature is our Business. In 23 countries across Europe on Sunday, 24th May, national parks, nature reserves and other Protected Areas opened their doors to visitors on the European Day of Parks 2015.

More than 80 Protected Areas celebrated and raised the value and benefits of Nature, and hundreds of special activities demonstrated how Nature is good for business.

From Iceland to Italy and from Finland to France around this one day, thousands of people shared their love of nature and the local culture.

For example in Bussaco National Forest (PT) you could become a biologist for a day! The Bussaco Forest Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Aveiro and the Project ‘Biodiversity for All’ (Milene Matos), invited all the nature-lovers to a whole day dedicated to the exploration and interpretation of biodiversity.

Whereas in Slovenia, at Triglav National Park guided tours of Pocar homestead, workshops for children, opening of painting exposition and presentation of the Slovakian Protected Areas were amongst the festival of fun!

We hope you all had fun and a great time this weekend celebrating the European Day of Parks! If this special day has just come to a close, is does not mean that the celebrations are over: there will be some events happening until this summer to celebrate our Nature‬ in Europe so keep looking on our calendar of events.

Registration for the EUROPARC Youth Camp ”Taking the lead for Nature” is now open!

Youth Conference 2013 Hungary © Gabor Nagy

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EUROPARC Youth Camp – Spain 2015  ”Taking the lead for Nature”

EUROPARC Federation, with the great support of the Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park, is delighted to announce the organisation of a Youth International Camp as part of the YOUTH+ programme. An exceptional opportunity for 30 young people from European Protected Areas to learn, discuss and share experiences, embarking together on a journey to the future of nature in Europe.

Please download the invitation and register here. You can also visit our webpage for more information.

In brief

  • EUROPARC Youth Camp, 31st August – 5th September 2015 Boì, Spain.
  • 18-25 year youth from Junior Ranger or other educational programmes in European Protected Areas; EUROPARC membership of the Protected Area necessary.
  • Deadline for application: 26th of June. Places are limited!
  • Application to a.luttmann@europarc.org, including letter of motivation.
  • Notification about successful application: from end of June onwards.

EUROPARC Federation has been connecting young people in Europe through environmental education programmes for over 12 years and is now working to develop a new international programme specifically addressed to Youth (18+). We are temporary calling this new program YOUTH+.

YOUTH+ is aiming to offer youth the opportunity to:

  • Keep learning about nature conservation in Europe
  • Develop leadership skills and play an active role in supporting the work of the PA in the JR programme
  • Develop advocacy skills and contribute to include youth perspective in governance and management of PA
  • Develop communication skills to speak on behalf of the PA
  • Network internationally with peers from PAs across Europe

Do not miss this amazing opportunity and register now!

Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas and International Day for Biological Diversity

Screenshot of the “European Diploma for Protected Areas” Brochure © EUROPARC Federation

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On 21-22 May the Council of Europe will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for PAs and the International Day for Biological Diversity through a Workshop on “Protected Areas in Europe: the next 50 years”.

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The Workshop will take place at the Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli (Italy), and is organised with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Environment of Italy and of the Tuscany Region, and in cooperation with EUROPARC Federation.

The participants will address the challenges that Protected Areas face in an interconnected world, where technology and globalisation are changing people’s perception of the natural environment.

The workshop will also serve to exchange experiences and ideas on:

  • the use of information technologies and citizen science for sustainable conservation of areas of importance for biological diversity;
  • how climate change, globalisation and invasive alien species will change the nature conservation policies and management;
  • and innovative management of Protected Areas.

The EUROPARC Federation will definitely be present during this special event and we hope to see many of you in the beautiful Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli!

For more information see here.