Call for good practices: Forest management for climate change adaption

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New management models for Mediterranean Forests

Mediterranean Forest © David Morris

Natura 2000 Mediterranean Forest Habitats Forests are key ecosystems in the Mediterranean region. They provide many services to society, but at the same time
they are subject to serious threats. In Spain, over 50% of Natura 2000 area is covered by forests. Their environmental value is still very high, but the changes they have suffered in recent times, due to the abandonment of traditional activities and climate change effects, demand the development of new management models focused on the maintenance of ecosystem services.

Call for good practices: Forest Management

EUROPARC Spain, with the project Life RedBosques, is looking for new models, combining scientific knowledge on forest conservation and forest adaptation to climate change. Although a large body of high-quality scientific literature is available, it needs to be effectively translated into actual management practices.

EUROPARC Spain is currently looking for good practices from across Europe on forest management, that target nature conservation and climate change adaption.

If you have good practices to share, please download the form, fill it and send it back to redbosques @ Thank you for your contribution!

About the LIFE RedBosques & Old-growth Forests

Earlier this year, EUROPARC Spain also launched the manual “Old-growth forests: characteristics and conservation value”, which provides an exhaustive review of the scientific state of the art on forest maturity and its different meanings, and synthesizes the most significant and observable characteristics of old-growth stands. The manual also describes biodiversity levels within old-growth forests and identifies species that are indicators of forest maturity.

To know more about the project please download the information sheet or follow up the latest project updates on

Click on the image to download the manual launched earlier this year, about Old-growth Forests.

EUROPARC President meets Al Gore in Berlin

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No need to introduce the former Vice-president of the US and the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded Mister Al Gore. With his first film an inconvenient truth Mister Al Gore’s awoke the world in 2006 to make us aware of severe threats of the climate change.

Since that moment Mister Gore is convinced we need a system change to save the world. He is one of the most influential people on earth who empowers Heads of States, politicians, CEO’s, everyone who can help … to act immediately!

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Ignace Schops and Al Gore at the last Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Berlin, 2018

Our President Ignace Schops was asked in the closing panel and as a mentor of the last Climate Reality Leadership Corps training a few weeks ago in Berlin, where over 750 people were trained. At these trainings, individuals get ready to make a difference in our planet’s future and spend three days working with former Vice President Al Gore and world-renowned scientists and communicators learning about the climate crisis and how together we can solve it.

Our planet earth is experiencing a dramatic change due to human activity. In the final panel, our President focused on the relation between climate change and biodiversity loss and emphasized how protected areas help to temper global warming.

Protecting and recovering more natural ecosystems is maybe one of the cheapest solutions to tackle climate change.

With his members and sections, the EUROPARC Federation takes responsibility and is investing a lot of time on the topic of climate change.

Would you like to become a Climate Reality Leader yourself and gain the skills, knowledge, and network to shape public opinion, influence policy, and inspire your community to act at this critical time? You can! Check

LIFE – Project Kick-off & 1st Technical meeting

Life Project Kick-off & 1st Technical meeting - Brussels, 25 to 26 June 2018

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LIFE – Project Kick-off meeting

At the end of June, EUROPARC hosted the first meetings for our new LIFE Preparatory project, Supporting e-learning and capacity building for Natura 2000 Managers. Over four days, 14 representatives from the project partners plus four external experts gathered in Brussels for back-to-back project kick-off and technical meetings.

This innovative three-year project explores potential new approaches and learning methods to improve knowledge and build capacity amongst Natura 2000 Managers in both public and private land, across the EU. Taking a competence-based approach, the project enables peers to connect and learn about what Natura 2000 managers need to know and be able to do.

Building Competence

Working with the IUCN Global Register of Competencies for Protected Area Practitioners, a range of functions were identified requiring specific competencies for Natura 2000 management – these include,

  • management planning,
  • conservation team coordination,
  • biodiversity monitoring and reporting,
  • community engagement,
  • stakeholder communication,
  • implementing conservation measures,
  • site and visitor protection methods.

Indicatively, the competence topics that will receive specific attention within the project include: awareness and education; communication and collaboration; and, communities and cultures. Attention will also be given to development of personal competencies as a grounding for partnership building, as well as communication outreach/ public relations as common competences required for effective Natura 2000 management.

Tools will be developed to provide practical learning about effective ways to engage and work with local communities, working models to build partnerships and disseminate information about and for Natura 2000.

Analysing Training needs

The project will analyse a core group of 60 individuals‘ training needs in such competence areas and make available new ways to access information about the multiple skills required for Natura 2000 management and policy implementation. We will be inviting applications before the end of the year from a range of individuals keen to improve their Natura 2000 management knowledge and practical skills.

Additionally, though, we will look to engage a wider group of 500 people as active project participants. This group will be able to try and test the project’s capacity building tools and flexible learning methods. All participants will provide feedback, which will help us to evaluate what works and what doesn’t, whilst they also gain insights useful for their work in relation to Natura 2000. As such, there will be ample opportunities for EUROPARC members to get involved with the project!

In particular, at this early stage of the project, we are keen to know about your e-learning preferences. Over the coming months, we will be asking for your ideas and insights – for example: Have you participated in a webinar? Did you find it useful or not – why? What types of digital tools are you familiar with using? How do you think these be can be used to provide training and learning? Most importantly, would you use them!?

We look forward to e-learning together! Please regularly visit the LIFE section of the EUROPARC website for more information.

The project is led by The EUROPARC Federation with the support of six partners: ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas, Fundación interuniversitaria Fernando González Bernáldez para los espacios naturales (FUNGOBE), University of Padova, Dept Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), the European Landowners Organization, Rangers Campus and the Kullaberg Nature Reserve.

Culture knows no borders

Cultural identity: building up from the connection to nature. Kemeri National Park, Latvia

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Europe made 2018 the European Year of Cultural Heritage to highlight the diversity, shared history and rich cultures that make Europe today.

Cultural Heritage in Europe: linking past and future

On the 26 June the European Parliament, in cooperation with the Culture and Education Committee organised a High-level conference entitled “Cultural Heritage in Europe: linking past and future”.

Conference Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future © European Parliament


The meeting brought together political leaders, policymakers, and stakeholders, as well as 44 high-level speakers that were invited to participate in three-panel debates:

  • Cultural Heritage and Europeanness
  • Preserving and promoting Cultural Heritage
  • Innovation and the economic potential of Cultural Heritage

In addition, participants were surprised by live music performances by the European Union Youth Orchestra and by children singing in the choir Europa in Canto.

Europe is for the union of thoughts

During the discussion main point was the importance of the European identity, that need to be connected with contemporary society, with sustainable development, creating an ark of Noe with everything that is important for us and to preserve it.  The European strength is the great variety presents and as the conductor and composer Ezio BOSSO said:

“Europe is an orchestra to turn to, roots are not an axis, but they are another part of the tree”.

       ©EUROPARC Federation

Culture knows only one heart

Our Heritage: where the
past meets the future
is the key message of the 2018
European Year of Cultural Heritage
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Last but not least, Xing Qu, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO underlined the important cooperation between UNESCO and the European Union in the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, sharing different initiatives that have been planned to mark the Year.

As highlighted in the European Commission’s spotlight publication on the Year of Cultural Heritage, approximately 300,000 people work directly in the EU’s cultural sector and the sector is indirectly responsible for the creation of around 7.8 million jobs. In addition, with 453 inscribed sites, Europe has almost half of UNESCO’s World Heritage List with further 89 elements inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The conference was one of the key events of the European Year of Cultural Heritage which has seen thousands of activities organised across Europe to involve citizens more closely with Cultural Heritage at local, regional, national and European levels.

The full conference programme, documents and streaming can be consulted on the dedicated webpage of the European Parliament.

Check the EUROPARC initiatives for the Year of Cultural Heritage!