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

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 (

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.

Training the 4th generation of protected area specialists

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Braşov, 07 April 2016

After three successful editionsProPark – Foundation for Protected Areas continues training future protected area specialists in Romania. The trainings are divided in two parts: an online course followed by a face-to-face training. The 4th training is taking place in Saschiz between 4th and 23rd April 2016, and the first part of the face-to-face training was hold last week.

The 20 participants coming from more than 15 protected areas, who had previously gone through the online stage on the learning platform, are about to also complete the face to face courses and to be awarded the graduation certificates for the Protected Area Specialist occupation. The Certitification, COR code 213306, is issued by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly and the Ministry of National Education. The main objective, according to Paul Hac, coordinator of this session and director of the Nature Park Lunca Muresului, is to establish the skills of the trainees on developing a management plan.

Participants come with different background experience. Monia, one of the participants, who is already working in the field stated “I had already learned by doing, but I needed a theoretical frame”, adding that this programme gives a general understanding of how protected areas work”. Other participants, like Agnes, who is also one of the winners of the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship 2015, have other reasons to attendfirst, it helps me to have a good basis on protected area management and to know better different ways of working. All information I collect here will help me for the ATS, to understand how they deal with situations in other countries. Secondly, I came here to get in contact with Romanian PA managers and develop my personal network. It is also quite challenging to work with people with a lot of experience.”

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4th Edition of the Protected Area Specialists training © Propark

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 4th edition of the Protected Area Specialist training © ProPark

training, propark, protected areas, capacity building

4th Edition of the Protected Area Specialists training © ProPark

training, propark, protected areas, capacity building

4th Edition of the Protected Area Specialists training © ProPark

The vocational training programme is organised within the 3 years project “Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania”,   funded by DBU – Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, in partnership with the EUROPARC Federation.  Although the project is finished in July 2016, the online learning platform keep being used by Propark.

This professional training programme provides participants with the opportunity to acquire specific skills for the efficient administration of natural protected areas, thus contributing to their promotion as model areas for conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources

said Georgiana Andrei, project manager, adding “we believe the success of this project will consist exactly of the contribution of these specialists to changing the public’s perception of protected areas“.


For further information about the project please contact:

Georgiana Andrei, Project Manager, Telephone: 0723172933, E-mail:

Antonia Cucu, Project Assistant, Telephone: 0747766239, E-mail: