EUROPARC Conference

EUROPARC Conference 2018 “European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation”

18-21 September 2018, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

The EUROPARC Conference 2018 is the key event of the year for those working in Europe’s Protected Areas and from 18-21 September the EUROPARC Conference will take place at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort in the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

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The theme ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ will focus on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations.

EUROPARC 2018 will call for young people to be more involved in decision making, volunteering, working and living in Parks.

A key part of connecting with the millennial generation will be the launch of a collaborative Youth Manifesto, which National Parks from across Europe will have the opportunity to sign up to. The conference supports the Scottish Year of Young People 2018 and aims to inspire and motivate delegates from across Europe to increase young people’s participation and engagement in nature and the outdoors.

Bring along a young person!

It is important that we bridge the generation gap and have that discussion alongside the youth of Europe, therefore, we are proud to invite you to bring a young person to the Conference! There will be a special conference youth rate (for youngsters up to 30) and a workshop is included for them.  Lead the change with us!

EUROPARC Conference 2018: Programme overview

The conference will be hosted by Muriel Gray, with three inspiring keynote speakers who are not to be missed. Richard Louv, who’s book Last Child in the Woods, sparked an international debate and a movement to reconnect kids and nature. Hendrikus van Hensbergen is a young conservationist who believes all young people should feel moved and empowered to protect the natural world.  Karen Keenleyside, co-chair of the IUCN’s Nature for All initiative, will share her experience in finding solutions to connect people with nature.

In addition to the main speakers, there will be a full programme of dynamic workshops and field trips which will allow delegates the time to delve deeper into many other relevant topics, and hear the experiences of counterparts from across Europe.

Peter Argyle, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) said: “It is fantastic to be hosting the EUROPARC conference in 2018 and we look forward to welcoming delegates from across Europe to this spectacular area. It is a great opportunity to showcase the Park and be inspired by young people from across Europe.”

Ignace Schops, President of the EUROPARC Federation said: “The Cairngorms National Park is a stunning landscape and we look forward to bringing our European delegates to engage with young people. With an inspirational theme chosen for the conference, we really look to what the hundreds of Parks and Protected areas across Europe can do to deliver for future generations.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot said, “The EUROPARC conference is set to be a very exciting addition to the Year Young People 2018 and Aviemore is the perfect location. The Cairngorms National Park will inspire young people from across Europe to take the lead and create thriving protected areas of outstanding natural beauty across the continent.”

European Parks: Inspired by the next generation will take place 18-21 September 2018 and is sponsored by Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, Columbia Sportswear, Aberdeenshire Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Highland Council, Highland & Island Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage, VisitScotland.