EUROPARC Conference 2018: Registrations are now open!

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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.  

‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’

18-21 September, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

The theme for 2018 is ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ and hundreds of delegates from across Europe are expected to attend and focus on what National Parks and protected areas can learn from young people.

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.

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.