Master in Protected Natural Spaces with scholarships for Latin America:
Fungobe and EUROPARC-Spain have prepared a great opportunity for gaining new knowledge! With the help from the BBVA Foundation’s they are offering 10 grants in the specific area of Ecology and Conservation Biology aimed at Latin American university graduates for the Master’s in Protected Natural Spaces in its 2020 edition. They want to help broaden people’s opportunities in different areas and through different lines of action.
The deadline for submitting applications: February 15th 2019, 2 p.m. (Spanish mainland time)
This master’s degree offers highly qualified university education, accessible from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, which aims to cover both knowledge of natural systems and management techniques and modes of intervention in the socio-economic environment. The course is based on Spanish reality and is specifically open to European and Latin American perspectives.
The master’s degree is jointly organised by the Autonomous University of Madrid, the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Alcalá.
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Meet our new members from Spain, Denmark and Albania
The magnificent Serra de Collserola massif rises up over Barcelona Metropolitan Area, almost touching the city. It is a much-loved and immensely valuable periurban natural area and a great privilege for the huge population that lives around these mountains.
Collserola is a well-preserved, 8,000-hectare natural area in which forest predominates but which also includes a variety of other plant formations that provide a habitat for valuable biological diversity.
Collserola is also a place for discovery and learning, a place for meeting and for leisure. All this means that the final goal of the Park Consortium’s management policy is to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable use of the reserve whilst also conserving the natural heritage it contains.
The landscape we see in Collserola today is the result of gradual changes to its original make up, which was formed entirely by environmental conditions, though it has been intensively transformed over the centuries.
Serra has been used for agriculture, with the construction of terraces and the planting of vines, and for forestry, with management of the woods.
Today, agriculture has almost completely disappeared from the area, and forestry management activities have also greatly decreased.
The great natural space formed by the Serra de Collserola has been very important in shaping the metropolitan landscape for three important reasons:
- its size, as Collserola represents more than half of the open space in the metropolitan area.
- its central situation surrounded by townships, cities and communication networks.
- the high degree of “naturalness” that it conserves, despite the pressures from the great city.
Collserola plays an important role not only in terms of ecology, but also the landscape, as its relief turns the Serra into a superb viewpoint over the surrounding cities and towns, and makes nature a presence in the urban scenery.
The municipality is located in the northern part of Denmark. It is the 7th biggest administrator of nature areas in Denmark (out of 98 municipalities). This part of the country is characterized by nature, agriculture, sports, tourism and 86 kilometres of the coastline. There you can find big areas of dunes, hillsides, forests and rivers. There are also 356 protected ancient monuments.
The area around Skagen is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Europe. Therefore, the municipality is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Denmark, which means that they are working a lot on combining protection and use of nature.
Network “Albanian Alps Alliance” represents a union of non-governmental organizations operating in Shkodra, active in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity, tourism development and community mobilization.
The vision of the network is:
Alps – invaluable asset of natural and ethnocultural values that must be protected and inherited through generations.
The mission of the Network is to contribute to sustainable environmental and socio- development economic of the Alps through public awareness, involvement of local communities in decision-making and promoting the natural, environmental and traditional values.
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Ten Reasons Why We Need a New Nature Movement
By Richard Louv
Richard Louv is a bestselling author who sparked an international debate and movement to reconnect kids and nature, through his book Last Child in the Woods. He coined the term nature-deficit disorder which has influenced policy and inspired campaigns across North America.
Climate change, biodiversity collapse, and the disconnect of children from nature are the greatest environmental challenges of our time — and all are interrelated.
The Nature-deficit disorder
In recent decades, children and adults around the world have become increasingly disconnected from nature, with profound implications for human health and child development – with indicated impacts on attention disorders, Vitamin D deficiency, myopia, childhood obesity and the growing epidemics of both inactivity and loneliness.
The great work of the remainder of the 21st Century will be the development of a new and positive relationship between human beings and the rest of the natural world.
When I wrote “Last Child in the Woods” about what I called nature-deficit disorder (not a known medical diagnosis, though perhaps it should be), I cited about 60 studies. The topic of the influence of the natural world on human development was, to say the least, understudied. Today, over 800 studies are abstracted in the Children & Nature Network’s research library, which is available to anyone in the world.
Specific to the nature-deficit disorder, five major barriers stand between humans, especially children, and the rest of the natural world.
- Urbanisation without nature.
- A media and politics-driven culture of Fear
- Digital dominance of our lives.
- Cultural and educational devaluing of the natural world
- The Dystopian Trance: a post-apocalyptic view of the future.
The good news is that attitudes about the nature connection are changing – not fast enough – but we now see pediatricians in the U.S. writing prescriptions for nature; we see a 500% increase in the number of nature preschools; family nature clubs spreading all over; and we see an international movement growing around the world.
Ten Reasons Why We Need a New Nature Movement
1) As of 2008, more than half of the world’s population lives in towns and cities. This transformation will produce one of two outcomes: either the end of meaningful daily experience in nature, or the beginning of a new kind of city – and a new view of our role in and our definition of nature.
2) Adults have nature-deficit disorder, too. The children and nature movement will not succeed unless adults come to see the importance of our own connection to the natural world.
3) Environmentalism needs to hit reset. Environmental concern, in some areas, has dropped to its lowest point since before Earth Day 1970. Why? Economic recession. A well-financed campaign of disinformation. An inability to describe a great future. For whatever reason, environmentalism remains a pup tent. We need a bigger tent. In fact, we need a river.
4) Sustainability alone is not sustainable. Though we don’t have a better word to replace it, the word sustainsuggests stasis. We need more than stasis; we need to produce human energy (health, intelligence, creativity, joy) through nature.
5) Conservation is not enough. Now we need to “create” nature. Even if we conserve every square foot of remaining wilderness, and we should, it won’t be enough to guarantee the biodiverse habitats that humans and other organisms will require to thrive. In addition to conservation, we must now restore or create natural habitats on our farms and ranches, in our cities, neighborhoods, commercial buildings, yards, and on our roofs. We’ll need the true greening of the urban world.
6) The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need. We hear talk of a “post-biological” era in which human beings are optimally enhanced by technology. Yet, we’ve only begun to study how the natural world can optimize human health and intelligence. Technology will always be with us, but as it grows, we’ll need an antidote to its downside.
7) The Development of Hybrid Minds, ones capable of the ultimate multitasking: to live simultaneously in both the digital and physical worlds, using computers to maximize our powers to process intellectual data and natural environments to ignite our senses and accelerate our ability to learn and feel.
8) A New Nature Movement will create new jobs. Connecting nature experience directly to human health and cognitive abilities will need nature preschool teachers, physicians and therapists who specialise in the healing power of nature; biophilic architects, landscapers and city planners to start using native plants to increase biodiversity; park rangers to take on the additional role of health para-professional – and many more.
9) Connecting children to nature brings unlikely allies together. Conservatives, liberals, business people, environmentalists, teachers, pediatricians, and people of different religions will sit down at the same table.
10) We hunger for a positive image of the future. If we see only an apocalyptic future, that’s what we’ll get, or close to it. But imagine a society in which our lives become as immersed in nature as they are in technology, every day, where we live, work, learn and play. Imagine a future in which our intelligence and creativity, our ability to feel and be fully alive is enhanced by more frequent contact with the natural world.
You found this topic interesting? To find more articles like this one, download the new edition of the EUROPARC Journal Protected Areas In-Sight with a special focus on youth involvement Parks – available in english, german and french!
Secure your place at the Siggen Seminar 2019!
Youth involvement in Protected Areas
Siggen Seminar 2019 18th – 21st March, Gut Siggen, Germany
Are you looking for ideas and solutions to better engage young people within your park? Do you have case studies and good practices you would like to share with other managers from across Europe? This year, continuing on from the launch of the Youth Manifesto, EUROPARC is organising the two-day seminar for members, specifically focused on working with youth.
Young people are the future of Protected Areas in Europe! But trying to get young people interested in the environment can be difficult as it involves changing perceptions and attitudes – something that requires a lot of time and effort.
The seminar is FREE for members of the EUROPARC Federation (meals and accommodation included). Participants will therefore ONLY cover their own travel to and from the event.
Places are limited so please book early!
Secure your place!
The seminar will include practical activities and opportunities for exchanging knowledge
You will have a chance to see case studies from across Europe. Here are some of the topics we will be considering:
- What are the needs and expectations of youth living within protected areas across Europe?
- What challenges protected areas are currently facing when engaging young people?
- Which opportunities and solutions PA’s can offer to youth?
- We will introduce and work on the new Youth + programme which can be a model for working with 18-25 year olds in your park.
- We will look at the Youth Manifesto, considering how to encourage more PAs to implement it into their work.
We will also share different perspectives, taking a look at other youth programmes, and helping you build a programme in your area. Among others, you will see:
- An educational program for sustainability: Cairngorms National Park (UK)
- The national Junior Ranger program in Estonia
- The Youth Advisory Board in Prealpi Giulie Natural Park (IT)
- A new vision for the engagement of young people in a periurban park (E)
You are welcome to bring your own ideas for a collective “surgery” where we can examine problems and challenges you may have and suggest solutions together.
The goal of the Siggen Seminar
Protected Area professionals learning together, sharing experiences and knowledge in differing aspects of Protected Area management, and bringing innovative ideas to the table – that is exactly what EUROPARC Federation wants to achieve with Siggen Seminar.
With the enlightened generosity of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., we will have the access to the private seminar centre at Gut Siggen in North Germany, hugging the Baltic Sea coast.
There are still few seats available, and they are free of charge! So don’t miss the opportunity to exchange knowledge, share experience, and establish professional contacts! Those are the most beneficial elements for working in the international context of conservation. The knowledge that you can gain in Siggen feeds back into your work in the different regions of Europe and fosters your sense of connectedness and togetherness in the EUROPARC Federation.
How to get to the Siggen Seminar Center?
The Siggen Seminar Center belongs to the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and lies on the north-eastern coast of Germany in the county of Holstein. It is a 20-minute taxi ride from the nearest train station, Oldenburg (Holst), and a five-minute bike-ride to the nearest beach.
Please contact EUROPARC with any questions you might have and download the pdf Directions to Siggen to learn how you can easily reach it by plane, train or car.