European policies and the role of Protected Areas – Seminar-dialogue with DG Environment

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Partnerships for biodiversity: European policies and the role of Protected Areas

Seminar-dialogue with DG Environment

On 13th and 14th of June, EUROPARC welcomes members to a special seminar in Brussels.  This is a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with the European Commission-DG Environment about the role of Protected Areas across a range of important topics.

This seminar will, through bringing case studies from the field to the policy makers directly, improve the dialogue between the European Commission and Protected Areas (PAs). The event will also raise awareness of Protected Areas managers in EU policies and funding. The exchange of information will also increase the effectiveness and visibility of the PAs’ contribution to the achievement of European policy goals in nature protection and sustainable development.

During the seminar, Protected Areas managers and European Commission Officers will explore and discuss together different topics related to Natura 2000 and Protected Areas, such as the management of habitats and species, green infrastructures, transboundary collaboration, Natura 2000 communication, sustainable agriculture and fishery, sustainable tourism, nature and health, and youth involvement. Throughout we will emphasise the role of partnerships between Protected Areas authorities with local communities and the business sector.

Registrations

Places are limited, but we look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to Brussels. Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory. This event is specially addressed to EUROPARC members directly working with Protected Areas and European Commission officers.

Please register here

Provisional Agenda Download

Tuesday 13.06.2017

EUROPARC Federation office in Brussels – Boulevard L. Boulevard Louis Schmidt 64, 1040 Brussels


15:00 – 17:00 Introduction of the event

EUROPARC Federation Office

  • Registration of participants
  • Welcome from EUROPARC Federation
  • Presentation of the EUROPARC activities in Brussels
  • Presentation of the seminar’s aims and participants expectations

18:00 – 20:00 Networking reception

 

Wednesday 14.06.2017

European Commission – DG EnvironmentAvenue de Beaulieu 5, 1160 Brussels

9:00 – 9:15   Welcome

  • Registration of participants
  • Welcome from DG Environment
  • Introduction of the Seminar’s aims and agenda by EUROPARC

9:15 – 11:00   Protected areas and the management of habitats and species

  • Short introduction by EUROPARC
  • The experience of periurban parks on green infrastructures
  • The challenges of Transboundary Protected Areas
  • Marine Protected Area Management
  • Communication: a crucial tool for effective management of Natura 2000
  • The EC perspective: policy framework, funding opportunities, updates and recommendations
  • Interactive debate

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 13:00   Building partnerships for sustainable agriculture and fishery  

  • Short introduction by EUROPARC
  • Protected areas and Sustainable Agriculture in Regional and National Parks of France
  • Protected areas and Sustainable Agriculture in Italy
  • Establishing effective partnerships in Marine protected areas
  • The EC perspective: policy framework, funding opportunities, updates and recommendations
  • Interactive Debate

13:00 – 14:00   Lunch break

14:00 – 15:50   Protected areas and people: other partnerships for nature conservation and sustainable development

  • Short introduction by EUROPARC
  • Sustainable Tourism: partnerships with local authorities, businesses and tour operators by ECSTPA Parks from France and Spain
  • Protected areas and benefits for health
  • Protected areas and youth: the experience of the Junior Ranger Programme
  • The EC perspective: policy framework, funding opportunities, updates and recommendations
  • Interactive Debate

15:50 – 16:00   Conclusions

Conclusions by DG Environment and EUROPARC Federation

for further information about the Seminar-dialogue, please contact Stefania Petrosillo at s.petrosillo @ europarc.org

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