EUROPARC Policy and Position papers

Sedge warbler at Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin. Photo by Federico Minozzi, EUROPARC Federation

EUROPARC Federation has advocated for the recognition of the role of Protected Areas for many years. To strengthen our position, EUROPARC Federation has created various policy papers. You can find all of EUROPARC’s policy and position papers here:

Nature Regional Landscape Parks Declaration on Climate Change

At the EUROPARC Conference 2023, the NRL Task Force presented their ‘Climate Declaration’. It states that, the vibrant network of Nature Regional Landscape Parks (NRL) is already implementing integrated, forward-looking measures for a sustainable Europe for nature and people.

The resources locked into Europe’s NRL Parks are a crucial component in ensuring a viable climate adaptation and mitigation response at all government levels.

However, on their journey to adaptation and mitigation, the NRL Parks are confronted with various challenges. For this reason, EUROPARC’s Nature Regional Landscape Parks Task Force developed Europe’s Nature Regional Landscape Parks Declaration on Climate Change. The Declaration was officially signed by the members of the EUROPARC Taskforce for Nature Regional Landscape at the annual EUROPARC Conference 2023 in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Other Parks and Protected Areas in Europe are invited to sign the Declaration as well.

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Protected Areas and Climate Change, White Paper

This White Paper details recommendations for better integration of climate adaptation in policy and practice for Protected Areas in Europe. It was developed within the Natur’Adapt project and calls upon European decision-makers and national authorities to facilitate the co-design of integrated, long-term and large-scale environment management and spatial planning. Within this process, Protected Areas should play an essential role. The White Paper provides four recommendations on how to make the most of our protected spaces in Climate Adaptation planning.

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Protected and Conserved Areas Joint Statement on Climate Change and Biodiversity Crises at COP26

The climate and biodiversity crisis are two sides of the same coin, and future generations are paying the price. It is our Parks and Protected Areas that hold the solutions to these challenges. This is why EUROPARC has signed a joint statement at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) taking place in Glasgow, UK.

Read the entire statement here.

Contribution of TransParcNet to the Conference on the Future of Europe [December, 2020]

“The European Transboundary Protected Areas are ready to collaborate with the European Institutions for a Green Future of Europe.

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Protected Areas as laboratories for Sustainable Agriculture. The role of Protected Areas in implementing the EU Green Deal & EU Agricultural Policies [2021]

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Here you can also read EUROPARC’s recommendation: The Role of Protected Areas and Natura 2000 sites, in the National Strategic Plans of the European Common Agricultural Policy – EUROPARC RECOMMENDATIONS 2021

Protected Areas and the European Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation and Biodiversity [July 2020]

This paper is a contribution by the EUROPARC Task Force on Climate Change to accelerate the transition towards a nature-inclusive and climate-resilient society. Through a couple of suggestions, it aims at kick-starting a dialogue to bridge the gap between climate change adaptation and nature conservation communities.

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Nature Regional Landscape Parks – Where Policy meets Practice [October 2020]

A position paper on the importance of Europe’s Nature Regional Landscape Parks for a multitude of policies.

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The Role of Protected Areas in the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy [February 2020]

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A contribution to the Public Consultation of the future EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy.

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Our Natural Heritage: the Key to Europe’s Future [April 2019]

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Protected Areas to boost Sustainable Economy, support Biodiversity and address Climate Change

“To  realise  a  Sustainable  Future  for  our  Economy  and  our  Environment,  the  EUROPARC  Federation,  on  behalf  of  its  members,  calls  to  action  European Political Groups, National Parties and individual candidates to the European Parliament”

Have a look at our introductory article.

Declaration 30 Years Fall of the Berlin Wall Transboundary-Park [November, 2019]

“Borders are not natural, they were created by people. Therefore, people should also be able to break them down for our cultural and natural heritage.” (Brunner, 2006)

Have a look at our article that presents it!

Periurban Parks, their place in EU policies [September 2019]

“ Periurban Parks deliver numerous benefits like clean air and temperatures control, fresh water, food and timber production and habitats for biodiversity. Furthermore,  they provide citizens with cultural green spaces for recreation,  education and outdoor sport in a healthy natural environment, services that are very much needed in dense compact cities. Periurban Parks are the heart, soul and lungs of a city!”

Have a look at our article that presents it!

Healthy Park, Healthy People Europe : The Jurmala Communiqué [September 2019]

“Our parks and Protected Areas are a health-promoting asset. They have a crucial role in nurturing healthy ecosystems which sustain our societies.”

Have a look at our HPHPe programme!

European Protected Areas & Sustainable Agriculture [February 2018]

Working in Partnership for Biodiversity and Rural Development

“EUROPARC seeks agricultural policies, which can be defined as Good for People, Good for Nature. Because they ensure a good, secure supply of food because they respect and protect the environment and natural resources because they provide a fair income to the farmer.”

Have a look at our article that presents it!

EUROPARC Youth Manifesto: a call for change in rural communities and Protected Areas [September 2018]

Connect with your local youth, visit schools and youth clubs. Encourage them to share their thoughts to inspire their peers to create a common initiative.

Have a look at our article that presents it!

Wondering about its implementation? visit this page!