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.

By clicking on their titles you can read on in detail about the different projects.

Current projects EUROPARC is involved in

LIFE 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.

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.

EU Biogeographical Seminars (2015)

Expertise Centre for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (ECNC) has been contracted by the EU Commission, DG Environment to conduct a series of biogeographical seminars to gather evidence and agree the key challenges and priorities of N2000 species and habitats in these regions.

ECNC again has subcontracted a consortium with EUROPARC, CEEWEB, Eurosite, ELO and ILE-SAS. EUROPARC will play an important role in delivering this key aspect of nature conservation policy in Europe, especially in the Macronesian region. EUROPARC will also host some networking events to inform, advice and consult with our members and other interested parties.

Europe’s Nature-Regional-Landscape Parks (October 2014 – July 2017)

Europe’s Nature-Regional-Landscape Parks is a project led by the Association of German Nature Parks (Verband Deutscher Naturparke, VDN). The project aims at strengthening cooperation and fostering experience exchange among Nature, Regional and Landscape Parks across Europe, supporting them to excel in their important work. Gathering up to date information on their tasks, outcomes and benefits for society will help promote the value of Nature, Regional and Landscape Parks towards European decision makers. The project is funded by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania (November 2014 – April 2016)

Together with ProPark Foundation (RO), EUROPARC works in the project Increasing education opportunities on sustainable development for Protected Area managers in Romania. The project aims at developing, implementing and promoting innovative tools and approaches (on-line learning) to increase knowledge transfer to Protected Area professionals on nature conservation management. The project is funded by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU).

BioEUParks – Developing an efficient and sustainable biomass supply chain in 5 European Nature Parks (April 2013 – March 2016)

BioEUParks is a project applied under IEE Altener Programme, addressing the 2012 proposed priority ‘Solid biomass’. The project is going to contribute to increase the local supply of biomass from sustainably managed forests and agricultural residues, aiming to develop an efficient and sustainable biomass supply chain in 5 European Nature Parks, and promoting short chains and small-scale installations.

EUROPARC will coordinate the dissemination of the BioEUParks project on local, national and European scale in order to make this initiative known and contribute to the debate on biomass production and its conversion in energy, included al issues linked with the environmental sustainability of such operations. EUROPARC will also coordinate the organisation of six National Workshops, almost 80 ad hoc meetings and by the end of the project organise an International Mainstreaming conference presenting the project’s results along with the after project communication strategy.

Life EME  – Efficient Managers for Efficient Natura 2000 Network (August 2012 – July 2015)

EUROPARC is supporting ProPark – Foundation for Protected Areas in the project Efficient Managers for Efficient Natura 2000 Network. The project aims to increase management capacity and support for Natura 2000 sites in Romania by developing the communication skills of site managers and by supporting the integration of biodiversity concerns in territorial planning processes in and around Natura 2000 sites. EUROPARC is mainly responsible for the development of a high quality communications-training programme and the production of a communication seminar programme, manual and toolkit for Natura 2000 managers. Funding comes through the European Union’s Life+ Communication programme.