ECST evaluation committee
Josep M. Prats
Sophie Poudou has 10 years of experience in the development of mountain territories. She is now coordinator of the European Park Alpi-Marittime Mercantour, after having joined the teams of the Mercantour National Park. Bilingual, she divides her working time between France and Italy and lives in a mountainous valley in Piedmont. She also works at the University Côte d’Azur for part of the year on the theme of sustainable tourism.
Passionate about mountains, rural life, sports and mountaineering, ex-member of a multi-sports raid team, Sophie has traveled to more than 50 destinations, which has awakened her commitment to environmental protection, particularly through sustainable tourism.
Wilf was always passionate about European protected landscapes but became even more closely involved with these areas when he was appointed in 1996 to become a member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority where for many years he served as chairman of the Public Rights of Way Committee and later its Access Committee, also as member of its Planning Committee and its Finance and Resources Committee. He was able to serve on the National Park Authority as he was a member of our local council (in Horton-in-Ribblesdale) and later on its chairman In 2005 he started work as a freelance environmental consultant and was appointed to run EUROPARC Consulting in January 2007. Since then he has been able to participate in or lead projects on many different topics, always together with brilliant teams of European experts.
These projects including the “training the trainers” programme for the WWF Danube Carpathian project over 3 years, working with over 100 nature parks, national parks and other designated areas all over Europe on sustainable tourism and with other protected areas on more specialist topics such as “Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism”, “Protected Areas as Testbeds for Sustainable Development” and a “Learning from Europe” project about strengthening the identity and public commitment towards an AONB.
Vittorio Ducoli is the director of the Paneveggio – Pale di San Martino nature park, in Trentino, a region located on the eastern Italian Alps.
He graduated in Forestry at the Padua University and during his career, he directed other protected areas, among those the Foreste Casentinesi National Park and the Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park, both located on the Appennine range.
Up to now, he led three different Charter processes in three different Italian protected areas; the last one took place in the Nature Park he is now directing. Since 2011 he is a Charter evaluator, after following a specific training course organized by EUROPARC Federation.