European Day of Parks Webinar – “Protected Areas for Climate Change adaptation, health and environmental education”.
On May 24th 12:00h CET, on the European Day of Parks 2021, EUROPARC Spain will organise a webinar in the framework of the ADAPTASALUDEA project, and in which they will present an overview on the current state of Protected Areas in Spain. Additionally, different examples of contributions to climate change adaptation, health and education will be presented. The webinar will be hosted entirely in Spanish language.
In the more than 100 years of history of Protected Areas in Europe, we have experienced crucial milestones: from the first national parks declared for their grandiosity and symbolism to the development of the Natura 2000 Network, where the majority of terrestrial and marine ecosystems are represented. In recent decades we have learned that nature conservation is essential to successfully respond to the impacts derived from climate change. We also know that Protected Areas are strategic places fin rural development policies. An appropriate management of Protected Areas not only contributes to improving the status of species and habitats, but also provides a great number of services to the society, visitors and inhabitants. The recent health crisis has made the human need and dependence on healthy spaces even more visible. The “new generation” of parks is called upon to face new global challenges that need local responses, with new approaches that enrich the progress made, with the incorporation of new generations of active, creative and committed people.
- 12:00 – 12:10: Welcome and introduction. Antonio López Lillo, Honorary President of EUROPARC-Spain.
- 12:10 – 12:30: Updates on the ADAPTASALUDEA project: Protected Areas in 2021. Marta Múgica, Carlota Martínez and Diego García. Fernando González Bernáldez Foundation, Technical Office of EUROPARC-Spain.
- 12:30 – 13.15: Table of experiences. Protected Areas: spaces for climate change adaptation, health and environmental education.
Moderator: Javier Valenzuela, Vice President of APIA, Communications Director of the Natural Heritage Foundation. Panellists:
- Conchi Fagundo. Public use and ECST Technician at the Garajonay National Park, La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain.
- Cati Carrillo. Socioeconomic dynamization and ECST responsible at the Regional Park of Sierra Espuña, Murcia region, Spain.
- Silvia Raya. Environmental educator of the Marjal de Pego-Oliva Natural Park, Valencia autonomous región, Spain.
- 13:15 – 13:45: Q&A / Discussion
- 13:45: closing remarks – Rafael Mata, President of EUROPARC Spain.