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Local Nature Reserve , Edinburgh

Previous scholarship winners

2013 - winners: Maris Noor, Sabine Nouvet and Catherine Wynn


The 2013 Alfred Toepfer Scholarships winners are three ambitious conservationists who will research in different fields of Nature protection.

Maris Noor from Estonia would like to learn from other countries what is the best way to communicate the necessities of protected areas to landowners and other stakeholders connected to the protected areas. For gaining new experiences she will travel to national parks in Austria and Georgia.

Sabine Nouvet from UK plans to study the management of natural resources in national parks of the French Alps. She wants to focus on successful examples of agri-environment schemes which have been developed in cooperation with farmers and their shepherds.

Catherine Wynn, also from UK focuses on the effectiveness of management of protected areas and methods to measure success. She will get in contact with agencies and stakeholders which have participated in the management plan of Šar Mountains National Park.

The award ceremony took place during the EUROPARC conference 2013 in Debrecen (HU).

For more information, contact EUROPARC.



2012 - winners: David Bogoy, Tilen Genov, Willem Laermans


This year Alfred Toepfer Scholarship winners were selected from more than 43 applications for the scholarship. The EUROPARC council had a difficult task to chose three proposals: this year´s winners are from Hungary (Mr. Bogoy), Slovenia (Mr. Genov), and Belgium (Mr. Laermans). Their research projects deal with habitat restoration, Marine Protected Areas management, and restoring wilderness, respectively. The award ceremony took place during the EUROPARC conference 2012 in Genk (BE) .

For more information, contact EUROPARC.



2011 - winners:  Tünde Ludnai, Ross Watson and Robbert Casier


In 2011 the scholarships were awarded to 3 candidates;  Tünde Ludnai  from Lithuania who worked along with the Baltic Environmental Forum in Lithuania to support the development of the ranger concept in Lithuania. Ross Watson from Scotland in his project aimed to develop European partnerships and information sharing in the field of grazing management across three different woodland habitats. Please find his report on the right side menu.Robbert Casier from Belgium in his project tried to increase communication and exchange of knowledge between MPAs and World Heritage marine sites in the Mediterranean Sea.The report and a list of accompanying films of 2011 Alfred-Toepfer scholar Robert Cassier on Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean Sea is available in right side menu.



2010 - winners:  Ekatarine Kakabadze, Alina Ionita and Matthew McGettiga


In 2010 the number of applicants for the scholarships rose dramatically. The EUROPARC Council chose between 17 brilliant applications. The three winners who were selected in June 2010 come from all over Europe: Ekatarine Kakabadze comes from Georgia, Alina Ionita from Romania, and Matthew McGettigan from the United Kingdom. They are undertaking studies in the fields of transboundary cooperation, rural development and climate change. These trips took place in 2011 to various EUROPARC member protected areas.



2009- winners: Saira Sheldrake, Naomi Barker and Urszula Biereznoj


In 2009 the scholarships were awarded to Saira Sheldrake (UK), who developed a tool to predict disturbance distances of the recreational sport of Kite-surfing on wintering and wading birds in protected areas with coastlines. Naomi Barker (UK) visited the national parks in Germany and report back to us about the management of areas without human impact, so called “non-interventional-management-zones” and conflict management between species protection and landowners. Urszula Biereznoj (PL) visited protected areas and environmental institutions in United Kingdom, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, to exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices of biodiversity conservation and Natura2000 management.


2008 - winners: Rachel Danemann, David Rodriguez and Razvan Deju


In 2008 the scholarships were awarded to Rachel Danemann (UK). David looked at fire management in protected areas as well as examine marine protected areas in Greece, while David Rodriguez (E) visited the less well known country of Moldova and reported back to us on their protected area management system. Razvan Deju (RO) studied Bison management in Poland with the aim of reintroducing them in Romania.


2007 -  winners: Kveta Cernohlávková, Andrzej Ginalski and Stephan Krasser


In 2007 the scholarships were awarded to:

  • Kveta Cernohlávková (CZ): Junior Ranger Projects in Europe
  • Andrzej Ginalski (PL): Management in national parks and nature conservation: Report of study visits in the British National Parks
  • Stephan Krasser (A): Photo project “59” 

The project reports from Kventa and Andrzej are available to download below. Stephans photo project can be seen at

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