Vote now for your favourite LIFE project!

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Dear members, partners and friends,

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We warmly encourage you to vote for your favourite environmental project and your favourite nature project, from the winners of the Best of the Best LIFE Projects 2014.

The Best of the Best are those judged to have been the most inspiring LIFE projects. They are meticulously selected by environmental experts according to rigorous criteria.

This year’s Best of the Best winners have been announced lately. In all, some 13 projects have been recognised as being particularly exemplary. Of these, eight fall under the environmental category and five under the nature category.

The objective of the Best Projects exercise is to identify and raise awareness of those projects whose results, if widely applied, could have the most positive impact on the environment. The system for evaluating completed projects funded through the LIFE programme considers projects’ contribution to immediate and long-term environmental, economic and social improvement; their degree of innovation and transferability; their relevance to EU policy; and their cost-effectiveness.

The most inspiring LIFE projects completed during 2014 will be honoured at a prestigious award ceremony taking place during EU Green Week in June 2015.

The public voting for the LIFE Community Awards is now open to everyone! You can find here the full list of the 13 Best of the Best winners. To find out more about all 42 winning projects check out the Best Projects section of the LIFE website.

Register now for “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe” conference!

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28 – 31 May: “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe”; Donau-Auen National Park (AU)

IUCN and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), in conjunction with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water, and the Donau-Auen National Park, will organize a conference entitled “Little Sydney: Protecting Nature in Europe”.

The conference will be held in Hainburg/Donau-Auen National Park, Austria and will discuss, share and showcase original approaches for conservation and development arising from the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014; and facilitate the implementation of the Promise of Sydney in the European context.

The Little Sydney conference is a milestone international event aimed at finding long-term sustainable solutions for Protected Areas in Europe and EUROPARC members are encouraged to participate.

To register and have more information about the conference programme, visit Little Sydney webpage.

EC consultation on Birds & Habitats directives

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EUROPARC invites members to answer the EC consultation on Birds and Habitats directives, for the future of the Natura 2000 network.

The two main pieces of EU nature legislation, 1979’s Directive on the conservation of wild birds (Birds Directive) and 1992’s Directive on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora (Habitats Directive) are currently being evaluated by the European Commission.

As these directives have a clear territorial dimension, the Committee of the Regions is evaluating their impact on the local and regional level. The aim of this consultation is to gather the views of site managers and management authorities of Natura 2000 sites on the implementation and the effects of these directives on the local and regional level.

The consultation will be open from 15th of April to 15th of May included.

The questionnaire would not take more than 5 minutes of your time and it is available in 23 EU languages in form of a short e-survey.

We look forward to your contributions.

Launch of new training programme for Protected Area professionals in Romania

Web platform for online training in DBU project "Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania"

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The DBU funded project Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania, in which EUROPARC has partnered with ProPark Foundation (RO), is entering its next exciting phase.

Today, 27th April, the newly developed training programme for Protected Area professionals, a mix of online and face-to-face sessions, sees its first participants. It seems this offer is striking a chord, with more than 240 applications that came in for only 45 places and scholarships. Twelve diverse topics are covered in the programme, reaching from legal and financial issues relevant for Protected Area management, to the management of sustainable agriculture or wilderness.

The participants start with a set of online training modules. After successfully completing those, they will be invited to two face-to-face training sessions in June and July, each five days. Participants passing the test at the end of the training, will be granted graduation certificates issued by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly and the Ministry of National Education, for the Protected Areas Specialist profession.

A second round of the training for new participants will again be offered from September onwards.

”Through this vocational training programme participants will acquire knowledge and skills for the efficient administration of natural protected areas, for promoting them as model areas for the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources as well as for increasing the level of acceptance of Protected Areas among communities and the public”, says Georgiana Andrei, project manager with ProPark.

Read more about the project, its aims and activities here.