The EUROPARC June eNews is now out!

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Discover in our Newsletter what we have been up to over the last 3 months: our participation in prestigious European events, the European Day of Parks, the 2015 TransParcNet meeting, our current work on the BioEUParks project and the Birds and Habitats Directives Fitness Check, the news coming from Brussels or from our network and much more…

Read the EUROPARC June eNews for some great ideas and events coming up.

Hope you enjoy reading!

To have access to our previous eNews, check out the dedicated page on our website.

Check our new section on capacity building for Protected Areas in Europe

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Our goal of protecting the unique variety of wildlife, habitats and landscapes in Europe can be achieved only by developing our professional capacity to effectively manage Protected Areas. A competence-based, systematic and comprehensive approach to capacity building is therefore needed to enable us to achieve conservation goals at national and European level.

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The section on capacity building is a first step towards the development of a coherent, competence based approach to Protected Area professionalization within Europe. It is launched now as a portal providing information on capacity development needs in 23 Eastern European countries, recommendations on how to strengthen the capacities at regional, national or local level and initiatives to develop the professional capacity of Protected Area staff. But we hope that it will grow into a Europe-wide portal on this important domain.

The section presents the unique initiative of developing national and regional plans in 2 pilot countries and one region which can be used as a model approach to be replicated in other countries and regions.

The section was developed as a result of the project ”Capacity Building Plans for Efficient Protected Area Management in Eastern Europe”, implemented by PROPARK Foundation for Protected Areas in Romania, and commissioned by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN).

The project will be finalized in November 2015, so stay in touch for updates!

Learn more about the Project here and get to the Capacity Building Section.

The 2015 TransParcNet Meeting across the Czech-German border has just started!

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The beautiful Šumava (CZ) and Bavarian Forest (DE) National Parks are hosting the 2015 TransParcNet Meeting. These transboundary Parks will be the location of an exciting training until this Friday.

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This year’s meeting will look at “The value of healthy ecosystems for nature and people” from a transboundary perspective. Participants will study practical examples of raised bog restoration in the Bohemian Forest as well as the natural dynamic of ecosystems and their effects on biodiversity.

Moreover, they will enjoy views on the area from mountain tops and tree top walks, learning about the value of visitor management in order for everybody to benefit from the natural landscape.

The training will take place during the whole week and should be an amazing opportunity once again to develop good practices in transboundary cooperation, discover cross-border partnerships in other parks and look into common project ideas.

For more information about our Transboundary Parks Programme, visit our website.

EUROPARC N2000 communication Awards the applications are now open!

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Dear members, send us your case studies!

Are you working in a N2000 site and have an interesting communication project that you would like to promote? Please send us your case studies and highlight your projects.
The best case studies will be rewarded during the 2015 EUROPARC Conference that will take place in Regensburg (DE) from the 26th to 27th of October.

Here are some of the criteria upon which the case studies will be collected, evaluated and chosen as best practice examples:

  • Thematic offers promoted (to tour operators / to visitors / to partners…)
  • Product-market combination
  • Information material / Sufficient Information provided; e.g. brochures
  • Quality and eye catching level of Info material
  • Communication connected to promotion of local products / cultural heritage
  • Development of communication strategy / marketing strategy
  • Communication of values and benefits of Natura 2000
  • Communicating on the Importance of Natura 2000 network
  • Communicating the Economic value of the benefits provided by the Natura 2000 network
  • Partnership/Cooperation; Communication with local communities
  • Partnership/Cooperation; Communication with decision takers and local authorities
  • Work with press
  • Work with visitors
  • Inventive and Creative use of communications

We hope we will receive plenty of successful contributions!

For any further inquiries, please contact Barbara Pais.

The deadline for application is the 1st of September.

Learn more about the LIFE program – Efficient Managers for Efficient Natura 2000 Network here..