A review of EUROPARC Conference 2016 – Report is out!
The EUROPARC Conference 2016 was host and organised by the Parc Jura vaudois, in Switzerland.
The Conference brought together over 300 delegates from 36 European countries, who had the chance to learn, exchange experiences and discover interesting examples from all over Europe. Under the theme “We are Parks”, we examined the role of the people in our parks – from fund raising to governance models.
The Conference report is now available and it includes an overview of all moments of the Conference:
- General Assembly 2016
- Keynote speakers presentations
- Tutorials and Workshops conclusions
- President’s meeting
- Inhabitants Party
- Award Ceremonies: Transboudanry Parks Programme, Alfred Toepfer Medal and Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship
The bottom-up democratic model of parks in Switzerland helped us consider how communities can and do participate in the governance of our parks, while inspiring keynote speakers from the European Environmental Agency and the IUCN gave us interesting overviews on what’s going on in Europe and in the World. See the Plenary Session page to download all keynote speakers’ presentations.
Parks are ideal laboratories, playgrounds for democratic and participatory processes (regardless of the national context : Swiss approach or other European approaches). There is a need to transmit the importance of long term processes in order to improve our enviromental conditions for nature and mankind.