President and Council Elections 2017

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EUROPARC members will be voting this year for EUROPARC President and Council. Elections will take place at EUROPARC General Assembly, on the 6th September in Portugal, Sao Pedro do Sul. All information about the General Assembly and Annual Conference can be found at 

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Today we bring you an overview of the candidates that are applying to President and Council.

Candidate for President

 Name: Ignace Schops

Nationality/Citizenship: Belgian

Member Organization: Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (BE)

Nominated by: Krkonose Mountains National Park

Current Position: Director National Park Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland

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Candidates for Council

organised by alphabetic order

 Name:  Enzo Lavarra

Nationality/Citizenship:  Italian

Member organisation:  Dune Costiere Regional Park (IT)

Nominated by: Cinque Terre National Park

Current Position: President of the Dune Costiere Regional Park


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 Name:  Michael Hošek

Nationality/Citizenship:  Czech

Member organisation:  Krkonoše National Park (CZ)

Nominated by:  National Park Bohemian Switzerland

Current Position:  Coordinator of international relations and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Krkonoše National Park Administration; Coordinator of the EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe Section; Councillor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN; Entrepreneur (DHP Conservation Ltd.)


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Name:  Nele Sõber

Nationality/Citizenship:  Estonian

Member organisation:  Keskkonnaamet / Environmental Board (EE)

Nominated by:  Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Current Position:  Nature education specialist


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 Name: Olaf Holm

Nationality/Citizenship: German / French

Member organisation: Parc naturel regional de la Montagne de Reims (FR)

Nominated by:  Fédération des Parcs naturels regionaux de France

Current Position: Director of the Parc naturel regional de la Montagne de Reims



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 Name:  Paulo Castro

Nationality/Citizenship:  Portuguese

Member organisation:  individual member category

Nominated by: Principado de Asturias

Current Position:  owner and manager of Ponto Natura a consultancy on sustainable development and nature and in what concerns EUROPARC I am an elected council member and treasurer


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 Name:  Pete Rawcliffe

Nationality/Citizenship:  British

Member organisation:  Scottish Natural Heritage

Nominated by:  Cairngorms National Park Authority

Current Position:  Head of the People and Places Unit, Scottish Natural Heritage


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