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Current Projects

Helping protect Europe's biodiversity in Maas-Swalm-Nette Nature Park (NL)© Bernd Nienhaus

EUROPARC works to improve the management of Protected Areas in Europe through international cooperation, exchange of ideas and experience, and by influencing policy. In order to reach this goal, EUROPARC is involved in a series of projects in partnership with its members, sections and associated organisations. Outcomes of the projects will be made available to the entire EUROPARC network, for the benefit and inspiration of many.

Current projects EUROPARC is involved in

ERASMUS+ Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow (2018-2021)

The ERASMUS+ Sustainable Tourism: Training for Tomorrow” project aims to build the capacity of professionals in the field of sustainable tourism. The project runs for a period of 30 months and will be finished in summer 2021. Funded through the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices and Strategic partnerships in the field of education and training), the project brought together partners working on different fields in the sustainable tourism sector, aiming at jointly develop a European standard for Sustainable Tourism Training for protected areas, drawing from the experiences of the EUROPARC Charter for Sustainable Tourism.

LIFE NaturAdapt: A dynamic collective learning process for Climate Change Adaptation (2018-2023)

NaturAdapt aims at triggering a transition towards the adaptive management of protected areas while laying the foundations of a dynamic collective learning process. The goal is to support a majority of protected area managers to adopt new adaptive planning and governance tools accounting for Climate Change. Réserves Naturelles de France, EUROPARC and eight partners have come together in this LIFE Climate Action project to transform this challenge into an opportunity to innovate.

LIFE e-Natura2000.edu: Supporting e-learning and open education for Natura 2000 Managers (2018-2021)

This innovative three-year project explores the potential of building new approaches and learning methods to improve knowledge and capacity amongst Natura 2000 Managers in both public and private land, across the EU. Taking a competence based approach, it will enable peers to connect and learn about what managers need to know and be able to do. The project will analyse training needs and make available new ways of accessing information about the multiple skills required for Natura 2000 management and policy implementation.

The project is led by EUROPARC with the support of six partners: ProPark, FUNGOBE / EUROPARC Spain, the TESAF Department of the University of Padova, the European Landowners Organisation, Rangers Campus and the Kullaberg Nature Reserve.

SDG.imp: Decision-making support system for implementing the goals for sustainable development in protected areas

The Agenda 2030 stands for humane living conditions worldwide and implementing the model of sustainable development. In 2015 the international community adopted the Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project “Decision-making support system for implementing the goals for sustainable development in protected areas – SDG.imp” aims to present the SDGs and show approaches how to implement SDGs in protected areas. For this purpose, a learning platform and supplementary materials for the implementation of the SDGs in practice will be developed.

CEETO Interreg Central Europe (2017-2020)

Central Europe Eco-Tourism: tools for nature protection (CEETO) aims to make tourism a real driver for nature protection and local socio-economic well-being.

The project main objective is to protect and enhance the natural heritage of Protected Areas (PAs) and Natura 2000 Network by promoting an innovative sustainable tourism planning model, which reduces usage conflicts, sustains social and territorial cohesion, improves the quality of life of local communities, and encourages the tourism industry to concretely contribute to nature conservation. The project seeks to elaborate an integrated approach that includes environmental, social and economic aspects, in order to define and test innovative models for a sustainable tourism, able to reinforce the effectiveness of nature conservation policies and measures applied in PAs and to make tourism a real driver for nature protection and for local economic and social well-being.

IMPACT Interreg Europe (2016-2020)

New management models to balance preservation and exploitation of protected areas (Natura 2000) has become a priority in most EU regions. Protected areas are primarily defined to preserve biodiversity. This is undoubtedly their main goal.

However, this does not necessarily mean that they cannot host controlled, biodiversity-friendly, economical activities within and outside their boundaries. Well  managed, protected areas are an opportunity for green jobs creation,  with such activities  as eco-tourism, outdoors sports or recreational fishing.

IMPACT project aims at changing management policies in order to promote productive activities in protected areas without compromising biodiversity conservation in them. Interregional cooperation will help to achieve this goal.

Developing new projects

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EUROPARC is dedicated to practical nature conservation and sustainable development of Europe’s biodiversity, fostering holistic landscape approaches in its management. We have no shortage of project ideas in the pipeline and are working together with our member Protected Areas to develop them into full project proposals. We are keen to undertake more work in the fields of youth involvement in Protected Areas, develop the Charter for Sustainable Tourism further and look into synergies between agriculture and Protected Areas as well as Protected Area management effectiveness and many other topics.

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Find partners for your projects

If you are a member looking for project partners, use the network! We can promote your idea here and interested partners can contact you.

Of course, we always look for new exciting projects to get involved in ourselves. Think of EUROPARC as a project partner when preparing your next application and let us know: please contact federico.minozzi @ europarc.org.