TransParcNet

Presenting TransParcNet at meeting for Transboundary Protected Areas in the Nordic-Baltic Region, Paanajärvi National Park (RU) © Parks & Wildlife Finland

The TransParNet is the network of all certified EUROPARC Transboundary Parks. They meet up, in the so-called TransParcNet, which is host by one of the members of the network. Here you will find all information about it!

TransParcNet: what is it all about?

In 2007 EUROPARC organised a workshop gathering 20 EUROPARC members from 11 countries, focused on the EUROPARC “Transboundary Parks – Following Nature’s Design” verification and certification system. Participants discussed how EUROPARC transboundary work could be further enhanced and which benefits of the certification should be promoted.

During the seminar, it was agreed that an extension of the scope of the current EUROPARC transboundary work was needed. Participants thought that the Federation should not only assist member Protected Areas in reaching the Basic Standards but also facilitate them in building their capacities to cooperate, and share information, experience and best practice when certified. They believed that the process should be used much more as a toolkit to help build strong cooperation rather than simply focusing on the Certificate and that the Certificate should be one step towards good cooperation between transboundary Protected Areas.

After the workshop the certified parks agreed to work together in the network: TransParcNet.

The network should:

  • provide other Protected Areas striving to complete the Basic Standards with assistance;
  • facilitate capacity building between European TBPA’ in areas such as communication, the exchange of experience and best practice;
  • coordinate thematic working groups which should enable the exchange of experience;
  • organise staff exchanges and study visits;
  • put on conferences, seminars and workshops;
  • publish information on transboundary issues and projects;
  • prepare directories and databases of transboundary Protected Areas and other relevant partners;
  • promote the interests of TBPAs on a national and international level;
  • raise funds for and coordinate joint projects between TBPA’s.

The two key messages emerging from the workshop were:

1) The necessity to develop the transboundary certification system into a more comprehensive capacity-building work programme. This would assist Protected Areas working towards certification and support the existing network of certified parks and facilitate them with the cooperation and the exchange of information, experience and best practice within the network and beyond.

2) The wish for an increased promotion of the theme transboundary Protected Areas including raising awareness on common responsibilities for border regions; the need for transboundary cooperation between Protected Areas and its benefits; and the promoting of ‘best practice’ examples in transboundary cooperation.

TransParcNet Meeting 2020 – ONLINE

With our huge regrets, the Trans Park Net Meeting in Binntal Veglia Devero is cancelled due to last minute COVID-19 restrictions which apply mainly to Switzerland (since September, 14th). It will now be moved online on the 9th of December!

We put a great deal of effort in organising the meeting in this difficult framework, but we eventually came to the decision of cancelling it since many of the foreseen 22 participants would not be able to attend because of travelling restriction.

“We apologise for any inconveniences which may be caused by this situation, and we remain at your disposal for any further needs and information.

Our availability to postpone the event for the next years still remains valid.
With our best regards,

Daniele Piazza and Andreas Weissen”

EUROPARC really appreciates the efforts of the two parks to overcome all the difficulties. We tried, but now we have to accept the hard reality of this period.

While still digesting the disappointment, we are starting to organize an ONLINE TransParcNet meeting 2020! It will take place on the 9th of December from 9 – 16:30 CET.

You can find the agenda here.

To realise the goals of the EUROPARC transboundary work the TransParcNet meets once a year in a different transboundary Protected Area.

More information on upcoming and past TransParcNet meetings is available here:

TransParcNet meeting 2019 in Oulanka National Park (FI) and Paanajärvi National Park (RU)

TransParcNet meeting 2018 in Podyjí National Park (CZ) and Thayatal National Park (AT)

TransParcNet meeting 2017 in Ecoregion Julian Alps (IT/SI)

TransParcNet meeting 2016 in Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland Transboundary Parks (DE) and (CZ)

TransParcNet meeting 2015 in Bavarian Forest National Park (DE) and Sumava National Park (CZ)

TransParcNet meeting 2014 in Hainaut cross-border Nature Park (BE/FR)

TransParcNet meeting 2013 in Maas-Swalm-Nette Nature Park (DE/NL)

TransParcNet meeting 2012 in Pasvik-Inari Trilateral Park (FI/NO/RU)

Information on meetings dating back from 2012 is available on request. Please contact us to europarc @ europarc.org