[24th October] EUROPARC Webinar “Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe”

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EUROPARC webinars give you the opportunity to get new ideas, tools and inspiration from other Protected Area professionals. At real time. Person to person. Without leaving your office. Join us online on the 24th of October. Participation is free and everyone is welcomed to join us with a webcam and microphone – for a truly interactive experience!

Webinar Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe – realising the potential of Parks & Protected Areas as ‘Natural Health Centres’   

Our Parks and Protected Areas are a health-promoting asset. They have a crucial role in nurturing healthy ecosystems which are good for nature and sustain our societies. In providing opportunities for people to experience and enjoy nature, they also support the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and social health and well-being of people and communities across Europe.

At its recent annual conference in Latvia, the EUROPARC Federation committed to developing a “healthy parks, healthy people” programme for Europe. The Jūrmala Communiqué sets out a range of action required to do this and to realise the potential of Parks and Protected Areas as natural health centres.

Toolkit: Health and Well-being benefits

The statement builds on the publication last year of the EUROPARC Federation toolkit Health & Well-being Benefits from Parks & Protected Areas which brought together a range of experience from across Europe to highlight the key elements of work required for Parks and Protected Areas to support this agenda.

In this webinar, you will learn more about the background to the development of the communiqué and how it will be taken forward in practice. Hear first-hand about the experience of the original Healthy Parks, Healthy People programme developed by Parks Victoria in Australia. Find out more about the key steps that Parks and Protected Areas across Europe are taking to contribute to this agenda, and help us shape the development of this exciting new programme moving forward.

The case study presenters will share with us their experience relating to

developing a Healthy Parks Healthy People programme, exploring some of the key steps in delivering on this agenda, drawing on the EUROPARC toolkit  and providing practical examples of the work currently taking place in Parks and Protected Areas.

  • Case study 1 The Healthy Parks Healthy People Approach – the Australian experience, by Deborah Prentice, Parks Victoria, Australia
  • Case study 2 The Flemish Nature and Health network, by Liesbeth Van Gysegem, Regional Landscapes Limburg, Belgium
  • Case study 3 The Wild Ways Well programme, Cumbernauld – Scotland, by By Paul Barclay, Cumbernauld Living Landscape, UK

The Webinar will be moderated by Pete Rawcliffe from Scottish Natural Heritage and Council member of EUROPARC Federation. Pete will introduce the EUROPARC Federation’s Jūrmala Communiqué and highlight how it can help our National Parks and other Protected Areas to realise their potential as “natural health centres”.