Register now for the second edition of the Summer School on Green Growth and Travelism!

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The second edition of the Summer School on Green Growth and Travelism will take place from the 24th to the 28th of August 2015.

The ‘Green Growth and Travelism (GG&T)’ Summer School has a specific focus on sustainable mobility and biodiversity and is organized by the Transportation Research Institute, Hasselt University, Belgium.

Among the promoters of this initiative and one of the keynote speakers, Ignace Schops – EUROPARC President, will share his knowledge and experience during these five days.

So if you are a graduate manager or a student and interested in the themes ‘climate change and biodiversity’ or ‘sustainable tourism and mobility’ then you should consider this great opportunity!

You will have the chance to attend a series of lectures given by renowned experts in the field of green growth, travelism, mobility and biodiversity. Field visits to Hoge Kempen National Park in the Province of‪ ‎Limburg and to the ‪‎European Parliament in Brussels will also be part of the programme.

Don’t miss this great event and register here for this fruitful 5-day course! 

ProPark DBU platform for online courses

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On the 22nd of June, www.proparktraining.ro, the platform for online courses dedicated to future Protected Area specialists, has been opened to the public.

The first online session in 2015 is accesible to 85 selected participants that have been targeted amongst people directly or indirectly involved in the management of Protected Areas, as well as students enthusiastic and motivated to start working for Protected Areas.

During and after 6 weeks of intensive study within the virtual platform, the students will be evaluated. Based on the results, the first 30 students will participate at face to face sessions to become the first certified Protected Area Specialists in Romania.

The platform is developed within the project „Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania“ implemented by Propark Foundation for Protected Areas with the help of EUROPARC Federation and financed by DBU – Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation Environment).

The EUROPARC June eNews is now out!

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Discover in our Newsletter what we have been up to over the last 3 months: our participation in prestigious European events, the European Day of Parks, the 2015 TransParcNet meeting, our current work on the BioEUParks project and the Birds and Habitats Directives Fitness Check, the news coming from Brussels or from our network and much more…

Read the EUROPARC June eNews for some great ideas and events coming up.

Hope you enjoy reading!

To have access to our previous eNews, check out the dedicated page on our website.

Check our new section on capacity building for Protected Areas in Europe

Capacity building for Protected Areas in Europe © ProPark

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Our goal of protecting the unique variety of wildlife, habitats and landscapes in Europe can be achieved only by developing our professional capacity to effectively manage Protected Areas. A competence-based, systematic and comprehensive approach to capacity building is therefore needed to enable us to achieve conservation goals at national and European level.

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The section on capacity building is a first step towards the development of a coherent, competence based approach to Protected Area professionalization within Europe. It is launched now as a portal providing information on capacity development needs in 23 Eastern European countries, recommendations on how to strengthen the capacities at regional, national or local level and initiatives to develop the professional capacity of Protected Area staff. But we hope that it will grow into a Europe-wide portal on this important domain.

The section presents the unique initiative of developing national and regional plans in 2 pilot countries and one region which can be used as a model approach to be replicated in other countries and regions.

The section was developed as a result of the project ”Capacity Building Plans for Efficient Protected Area Management in Eastern Europe”, implemented by PROPARK Foundation for Protected Areas in Romania, and commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

The project will be finalized in November 2015, so stay in touch for updates!

Learn more about the Project here and get to the Capacity Building Section.