Webinar: Solutions from European Protected Areas (with PANORAMA)

Webinar: Solutions from European Protected Areas

As a celebration of the European Day of Parks, EUROPARC and PANORAMA Solutions for a Healthy Planet co-organised a webinar to showcase best practices from European Protected Areas. The solutions shared came from the edges of Europe (Azores-Portugal and Armenia), and showed us how nature conservation objectives can be better pursuit with the co-operation and engagement of local communities and governmental organisations.

The webinar was moderated by Bárbara Pais (EUROPARC Federation), who introduced the European Day of Parks and the work of the Federation; and was followed by Marie Fischborn, IUCN’s coordinator for the PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet initiative. Marie told us all about the PANORAMA initiative and guided us through the platform www.panorama.solutions.

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PANORAMA is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and sustainable development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration. PANORAMA allows practitioners to share and reflect on their experiences, increase recognition for successful work, and to learn with their peers how similar challenges have been addressed around the globe. Solutions are being promoted through webinars, workshops, publications and other channels.

Case Studies

Both SPEA (the Portuguese partner of Birdlife) and FPWC are non-governmental organisations working for nature conservation and wildlife in their countries, who are making the difference by implementing new models for sustainable development, that support wildlife whilst bringing socio-economic opportunities for people.

Case Study 1

Lands of Priolo: Integrated management to save a bird, recover natural habitats and promote sustainability

by Azucena de la Cruz, SPEA (BirdLife Portugal)

Azucena presented us SPEA work to protected an endemic bird species – the Azorian Bullfinch or Priolo in Portuguese,  through habitat restoration activities (promotion of native flora, removal of invasive species, peatland restoration, monitoring) but also with the high-involvement of the local authorities, communities, and partners for sustainable tourism.

Indeed, in 2011, the “Lands of Priolo” was awarded an EUROPARC Sustainable Destination, due to its promoting a common strategy and a joint action plan for Sustainable Tourism, following the methodology of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas

Case Study 2

Caucasus Wildlife Refuge: Pioneering Private Conservation in Armenia

by Eva Martirosyan, Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets (FPWC), Armenia

FPWC showed us how they are working for wildlife protection in Armenia, with several conservation activities taking place in a 10.000 hectares private nature reserve in Armenia. They are not only implementing nature conservation measures and monitoring systems but working at the highest level, lobbying for law changes in regards to wildlife captivity and large carnivores protection.

Following a strategy based on the sustainability principles, they are also promoting awareness-raise among the Armenian society, through successful communication campaigns and the development of educational programmes. Moreover, FPWC is also working together with local farmers and livestock producers to reduce the negative impacts of large carnivores.

This webinar was an excellent cooperation between EUROPARC, PANORAMA and IUCN Protected Areas and a great opportunity for Protected Area professionals get inspired by European solutions.

PANORAMA is a joint initiative of GIZ, IUCN, UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, Rare and IFOAM, with GIZ and IUCN in a leading role, but is principally open for solution contributions by any institution. If you would like to learn more about PANORAMA please visit www.panorama.solutions.