Siggen Seminars – Training for Members
Bringing together Protected Area professionals to learn together, share experience and knowledge in differing aspects of Protected Area management and innovate new ideas is at the heart of the EUROPARC Federation’s work.
With the enlightened generosity of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. we have access, annually to their private seminar centre at Gut Siggen in North Germany, hugging the Baltic Sea coast.
Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s founder was also one of the Federation’s founders and played an important role in its growth and development. They provide this facility to EUROPARC exclusively in order that those working in Protected Areas have an opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge and to enable EUROPARC to use the time wisely to take forward its own development.
The opportunity to exchange knowledge, share experience, and establish professional contacts are most beneficial for working in the international context of conservation. The knowledge that participants gain in Siggen feeds back into their work in the different regions of Europe and fosters their sense of connectedness and togetherness in the EUROPARC Federation.
Siggen Seminar 2017
Protected Areas for Sustainable Agriculture: Sharing experiences from across Europe that support agriculture in Protected Areas
In 2017, we focused on the topic Sustainable Agriculture in and around Protected Areas”, one of the Federation’s Strategic Theme (see EUROPARC Strategy 2015-2021). 20 participants from 10 countries have joined the Seminar, including representatives from different EUROPARC Sections and from 2 NGOs working in the field of Sustainable Agriculture.
The seminar fitted its purpose. The high level of knowledge, experience and interest of all participants was very positive for the debates and conclusions. The event included 2 key-speeches, 19 case studies (including presentations in sessions and case studies collection), 4 EUROPARC presentations (about the federation’s work, partnership tools, and CAP public consultation), questions time, debates and interactive sessions.