Community Science Project: communicating, engaging, empowering

© Moors for the Future, Community Science

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The Moors for the Future, Community Science Project  was one of the Highly Commended Case studies of our Natura 2000 Communications Award.

It unfolds the community potential in preserving our protected areas and provides us excellent ideas on how to wisely engage, by making good use of the latest technologies. It is more than merely communicating, it is about giving people an active role!

Implemented in 2013 for the protection of the South Pennine Moors Special Area of Conservation, at the Peak District National Park, UK, it has been designed for “inspiring and engaging local communities and visitors with their moorlands through providing opportunity, training and materials to enable wide spread ecological and environmental monitoring to take place.”

Mobile App © Moors for the Future, Community Science

Mobile App © Moors for the Future, Community Science

For the past 2 years, volunteers, tourists, schools and locals have been engaged in several conservation actions, within and innovative approach.

“Citizen science offers a fantastic opportunity to communicate and connect communities with their natural environment; empowering people to positively contribute to the protection of their environment by teaching new skills and sharing knowledge, changing public perceptions and taking ownership of the evidence which guides those who manage the world we live in.”

Learn more about the project by visiting their site, facebook or twitter and download below the complete case study.

The creative and dedicated team surprised us with this photo! Thank you very much for sharing it, and keep on inspiring us with your great work!

The team © Moors for the Future, Community Science

The team © Moors for the Future, Community Science

Charter Award Ceremony – Brussels November 7

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On the 7th of December, in Brussels, we will celebrate another year of successful candidatures of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas 

The 2015 Award Ceremony will take place at the European Parliament, kindly hosted by MEP Igor Šoltes (Greens/EFA Group) and MEP Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP Group), members of the Intergroup on European Tourism Development.

It will be a great opportunity to present the new and the re-awarded “Charter Parks”  and to show how protected areas are working effectively with tourism businesses and tour operators across the network.

Take the chance to share news and ideas on nature and sustainable tourism, as well as better understand and underline, through good practices examples, the role that the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism plays for tourism, environment and regional development.

The event is open to Parks, Charter verifiers, tourism experts, Charter partner businesses and other interested organizations, but places are limited and the priority will be given to the representatives of the protected areas that will receive the award. The event be held in English and registrations can be done here.

Download the complete programme below (english, italian, french and spanish versions available).  For further information please contact:
Stefania Petrosillo, charterawardceremony2015 @

15% discount for EUROPARC Members @ World Forum on Natural Capital

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23 – 24 November, Edinburgh, Scotland

The World Forum on Natural Capital will bring together the leading players and the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field.

EUROPARC Federation members can benefit of 15% discount off to the World Forum. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Pais, and she will provide you the code that should be used in the booking system.

Over two days, delegates will have a unique opportunity to engage in high-level discussions and examine how natural capital relates to their own long-term strategy. Breakout sessions can be mixed and matched across four streams: Understanding and managing risk; Innovation and toolsFocus on finance and investment; and Policy dialogues.

Connecting with other leaders, learning from real-life case studies and helping to shape the emerging dialogue, delegates will be able to immerse themselves in a collective effort to manage risks and maximise opportunities.

Thought-provoking plenaries, interactive workshops and lively panel sessions will enable delegates to:

  • Identify the high-level natural capital risks most relevant to their sector
  • Understand the financial implications of poor management of natural capital
  • Develop strategies to avoid volatility in the supply chain
  • Navigate their way through the range of natural capital tools available
  • Understand how better management of natural capital can help create competitive advantage
  • Consider the impact of changing expectations amongst consumers and shareholders

The World Forum offers a unique opportunity to hear the latest developments, learn from real-life case studies and connect with leading players to help shape the emerging dialogue. World-class speakers, facilitators and panel guests will provide practical, inspiring and thought-provoking insights and practical advice.

It is time to recognize that human capital and natural capital are every bit as important as financial capital

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General – United Nations

EurActiv Stakeholder Workshop – Sustainable Tourism for Europe’s green growth

EuroActiv - What Next for Driving Green Growth?

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Today, our President Ignace Schops represented EUROPARC at the EurActiv Stakeholder Workshop “What Next for Europe in Driving Green Growth?”.

Representatives from the European Comission DG Clima, DG Environment, the European Parliament, and Sun Ark also participated in a productive discussion on how the tourism sector can be transformed into a driver of sustainable development and green growth.

EUROPARC Federation contributed with valuable insight of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas Certificate process.

The Charter provides a recognized model of governance that delivers Protected Areas as sustainable tourism destinations, as all actors in a specific region ensure the natural habitat and landscapes upon which they all depend are conserved for future generations. More than 131 sustainable destinations are certified, and over 3200 organisations are enrolled with the Charter, from Park Managers, to local businesses and tour operatores, contributing for a greener economy in Europe.