First European Summit of Regional Nature Parks
“Regional Nature Parks – strong partners for nature conservation and sustainable rural development”
Brussels, 21 June 2017, from 18.00 h – 21.00 h
Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union
Rue Montoyer 47, 1000 Brussels
There are almost 900 Regional Nature Parks in Europe covering more than 8 % of the total surface area of the EU-28, Switzerland and Norway. Regional Nature Parks play a vital role in the wide network of European parks and represent outstanding landscapes with a wealth of natural and cultural heritage. They contribute to the conservation of biological diversity, the promotion of sustainable agriculture and tourism, environmental education and the sustainable development of rural areas.
At the First European Summit of Regional Nature Parks, the Association of German Nature Parks and EUROPARC Federation will present the results of an in-depth-study on the work of Regional Nature Parks in Europe. An expert panel discussion with participation of representatives of the European Commission, the Committee of the Regions and Members of the European Parliament will follow, concerning the question of how Regional Nature Parks can be more efficiently used for achieving the objectives of the EU in the field of nature conservation and sustainable development.
Regional Nature Park representatives from 10 to 15 countries will participate in the event and will sign a declaration emphasizing the value of the work of Regional Nature Parks for the building of a sustainable and social Europe, the development of rural areas and the implementation of the birds and habitats directives.
The detailed programme will be announced soon.
The European Summit of Regional Nature Parks Summit is the famed in the project Europe’s Nature-Regional-Landscape Parks www.european-parks.org.