2022 France

From the 5th till the 7th of October, 250 Protected Area professionals came together in Argelès-sur-Mer, France, to discuss Climate Change Adaptation in Protected Areas.

Climate Change; Resilient Parks…

… That was the theme of the second EUROPARC Conference in 2022! Organised in the framework of the LIFE Natur’Adapt project, participants were offered the opportunity to look to the future of Protected Area management. What are the impacts of Climate Change? How can we adapt? What kind of management do resilient Parks need? These were just some of the questions that we sought to answer through inspiring keynote speakers, innovative, participatory sessions and interactive workshops.

Stay tuned! More case studies on climate change and Protected Area management and a report on what happened in the conference will be added soon.

For now, you can already have a look at the photo album of the Conference!

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Resources on Climate Change and Protected Areas

Keynote Speakers

Our Keynote speakers helped “set the scene”, and shed new light on the pressing matters at hand.

James Stuart

This “professional risk-taker” and Convener at Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Scotland, explained how we can see Climate Change as an opportunity. He inspired participants to “Think Big“: our Protected Areas all have superpowers that we can use and capitalise on.

We [Protected Areas], have the power, beyond others, to get it right and take it forward!

James Stuart, Photographer: Lee Kershaw

He spoke on the potential of private capital to invest in our natural areas, in a sustainable way. The money is there, what is needed now, is for our natural heritage to become “investible”. Or as James put it: “We have scale, we are a powerful family, we have a right to a seat at the table”. Discover how he wants to bridge the gab between private finance and Protected Areas in his presentation:

Ignace Schops

Former EUROPARC President, full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome and Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM) – these are just a few of the titles Ignace has under his belt. His speech closed the Conference and highlighted, that the time for action is now. He poignantly said, that we are the “renewable energy” our earth needs in these times of Climate Crisis. It is our Protected Areas that have the capability to connect the dots, for nature and people.

Plenary Sessions

The plenary sessions allowed for times of reflection: ‘how is Climate Change affecting my area? What does this mean to me?’, followed by lively discussions with other participants. The session was led by EUROPARC Federation’s Olivier de Sadeleer, project manager for LIFE Natur’Adapt.

The Conference also provided the perfect opportunity to present the Methodology created in the Natur’Adapt project on Climate Change Adaptation in Protected Areas. How can managers ensure resilient Parks? What steps do those working in Protected Areas need to undertake? This session was led by Olivier de Sadeleer and Anne-Cerise Tissot, LIFE Natur’Adapt Project Manager working at Réserves Naturelles de France.

Field Stations

A new session that was introduced during the Conference, were the so-called “field stations“: a mix of a poster session and our marketplace. There were a total of 13 stations, where participants could directly talk to experts on the topic of Climate Change Adaptation. From dune management, to community engagement in Marine Protected Areas, there was a wide range of topics for delegates to discover & discuss:

LIFE Natur’Adapt Resources in English

A wealth of resources was created within the Natur’Adapt project to help your Protected Area create adaptive management plans. We proudly present:

European Nature Academy

A special announcement also took place at the Conference: registrations for the European Nature Academy (ENA) are now opened! The ENA is part of the LIFE ENABLE project and provides FREE tailor-made training and a series of practical capacity building courses for nature’s managers. Currently, the project is looking for 60 participants to take place in the first round of courses. Especially those working in forest or marine areas are invited to apply.

If you are eager to learn more, or apply, please follow this link.

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The EUROPARC Conference 2022 in France was made possible through the generous support of: