Ignace Schops at the Convention on Biological Diversity meeting

Ignace Schops at the meeting "Nature-based Solutions" - UN Convention on Biological Diversity

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EUROPARC President, Ignace Schops, is in Montreal for the 20th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.

Ignace will participate in the Conference “Let Nature do the Job” organised by the European Commission, where he will introduce how protected areas provide solutions for the environmental challenges, by delivering benefits to society and economy. Mainstreaming biodiversity, providing ecosystem-based adaptation and disaster risk reduction and restoration will be some of the topics covered in the meeting.

The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice gathers every year, and provides assessments of the status of biological diversity and the types of measures taken in accordance with the provisions of the Convention.

What is the Convention?

convention on biological diversitySigned by 150 government leaders at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the Convention on Biological Diversity is dedicated to promoting sustainable development. Conceived as a practical tool for translating the principles of Agenda 21 into reality, the Convention recognizes that biological diversity is about more than plants, animals and micro organisms and their ecosystems – it is about people and our need for food security, medicines, fresh air and water, shelter, and a clean and healthy environment in which to live.

Read more about the Convention on Biological Diversity at: www.cbd.int/ 

Nominations for the Alfred Toepfer Medal are open!

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The Alfred Toepfer Medal is awarded by the EUROPARC Federation every year to those who have made a contribution to nature conservation in Europe.

The candidates are nominated by EUROPARC members and the winner is selected by the Juri, comprised by EUROPARC Council members. Do you have someone in mind who you think deserves recognition for their dedication or achievements in the field of nature conservation and protected areas? If so, please consider nominating that person for the award!

Nominations can be done by filling the form below, before the 20th of June.

For more information about the Alfred Toepfer Medal please contact Mrs. Langenfelde to m.langenfelde_at_europarc.org.

If you are looking for inspiration from previous years, have a look at our page dedicated to previous Alfred Toepfer Medal winners.

Good luck to all candidates!

The European Parks‘ Academy

European Parks Academy

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This summer, protected areas professionals will have a unique chance to develop their skills and learn about the emerging trends, new approaches and technologies in protected areas.

The European Parks’ Academy (EPA) is a summer school with seminars, which will take place in July, in Klagenfurt, Austria. The programme has been elaborated in collaboration with IUCN WCPA, together with partners in Austria and with support of the Austrian Ministry of Environment. The first two modules will be on “Governance of protected areas” and “Financial management of protected areas”.

The seminars of EPA focus on new international and European standards, policies and guidelines and their implementation in protected areas, such as policies of IUCN, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, UNESCO or Convention on Biodiversity.

Registration is open now as well as the application for scholarships!

More information is available here and in the flyer below. For any questions, contact Michael Huber (epa@e-c-o.at)

We are looking for a Communications Intern

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The EUROPARC Federation is currently looking for a full time paid intern in its Communications department in Regensburg (DE). The intern will contribute to enhance the organisation’s outreach and communications activities and will support EUROPARC Communications with operational and administrative tasks.

The position requires strong IT skills, good organizational and multitasking abilities as well as the attention to details. The candidate must have strong writing skills – able to create and deliver messages through a variety of media channels for internal and external stakeholders – and good knowledge of digital communication tools.

The intern will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the work of a wide European environmental organisation, working along with an international team. The intern would have the chance to put into practice IT knowledge, to further develop communication skills, to learn about EUROPARC Federation and its programmes, and to discover from closer the functioning of European Protected Areas and EU environmental policies. The intern would learn a wide range of skills and acquire new knowledge by assisting in the following fields:

  • Assist the Communication and Marketing Officer in developing an innovative and interactive web-based communication platform for protected areas managers;
  • Support in organizing thematic webinars; managing online campaigns; recording and publishing interviews;
  • Management and maintenance of EUROPARC’s website, with specific reference to the new interactive platform;
  • Improving, updating and developing EUROPARC’s databases;
  • Contribute to the regular update of social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin);
  • Support in delivering the general aims of EUROPARC communications strategy and contribute to the implementation of other communication tasks on EUROPARC’s main Programmes: Charter for Sustainable Tourism, Junior Ranger and Transboundary Parks Programme;
  • Assisting the Communications Officer with the production of publications;
  • Support in drafting and formatting newsletters, articles and press releases on various topics;
  • Assistance in communication for project development and implementation (various topics, depending on the currently running projects)
  • Managing the EUROPARC Photo libraries and mailing lists;
  • Helping with the preparation and execution of international events, including the EUROPARC Conference and various seminars and workshops on different topics;
  • Occasional translations and proofreading of EUROPARC material (English, French/German/Spanish)
  • Liaising with EUROPARC members from 36 countries across Europe;
  • Performing various administrative tasks;
  • Managing office supplies and numerous small day-to-day office tasks.

Download below the complete description and conditions. Applications are open until the 25th April 2016.