Next EUROPARC Webinar:
- Outdoor Sports – Engaging with or using nature?
- 27th of April, 11 CET
- Free – registration is needed
The connection between outdoor sports and nature seems to be an obvious one, and indeed, through the pandemic more than ever people are drawn to the outdoors. However, just because activities are practiced outside, does not necessarily mean that they are done in harmony with nature.In some cases, outdoor sports practice can pose additional stress on already fragile habitats and sensitive species. Protected Areas managers are therefore confronted with the task of minimising the impact of outdoor sports on local fauna and flora, and at the same time, welcoming sport practitioners and other visitors so that more people can enjoy the recognised benefits of Health Enhancing Physical Activity in the outdoors.
In this webinar, we will have the opportunity to hear from Lissa Breugelmans, an avid cyclist, with a Masters in Biology who can share a unique perspective as an outdoor enthusiast and practitioner, who understands the current impacts outdoor activities have on nature.
We will also learn from Daniele Piazza, director of the Dell’Ossola Protected Area about an integrated strategy – involving many different local stakeholders, to minimise and mitigate the effects of outdoor sports in this alpine nature park.
Myles Farnbank, from Wilderness Scotland, will present the Adventure Travel Guide Standard, a useful tool to institutions, sustainable destinations and training programs, in order to build the capacity of the Outdoor sport sector on the three core responsibilities all trainers should have: Sustainability, Safety, and Quality and Meaning.
The SEE Project
Training for a more sustainable, respectful and enjoyable outdoor sport experience.
This webinar will publicly launch the ERASMUS+ SEE project, in which EUROPARC is one of the partners. Led by Leave No Trace Ireland, ‘SEE’ stands for Sustainability and Environmental Education in Outdoor Sports. The project aims to tackle the un-coordinated approach to the teaching and communication of environmental ethics in the spheres of outdoor sports and recreation.
The SEE project is ultimately about ensuring that outdoor sports are managed sustainably and responsibly in nature, which should enable Protected Areas to build greater confidence and trust to allow increased participation so that more people can enjoy the benefits of outdoor sports.
Welcome and Introduction to the webinar
By Carol Ritchie, EUROPARC Federation
Dilemmas for an outdoor enthusiast
By Lissa Breugelmans, Outdoor sports practitioner and PhD student at University of Antwerp
The RESICETS project – Park and Outdoor Sports working together to minimise the impact of outdoor activities on wildlife
By Daniele Piazza, director of the Aree Protette dell’Ossola
The Adventure Travel Guide Standard – Showing how the Outdoor Sports sectors values nature though sustainability standards
By Myles Farnbank, Wilderness Scotland guide, fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and a Master Educator of Leave No Trace
The SEE project researching the issues and finding best practice
By Mike McClure, Outdoor Recreation Development Officer, Sport Northern Ireland
Let’s talk about it…
All participants will have the opportunity to exchange on the topics discussed and/or ask questions.
Noel Doyle, Leave No Trace Ireland
The webinar will last aprox. 1h 30min and it will be hosted in English. We welcome participants from all across the network and beyond.
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