Siggen Seminars – Training for Members

Bringing together Protected Area professionals to learn together, share experience and knowledge in various aspects of Protected Area management and innovate new ideas is at the heart of the EUROPARC Federation’s work. Thanks to the generous support of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, we offer annually to our members, the opportunity to join a high-level training for Protected Area professionals.

Siggen Seminar 2022

Nature Restoration in Europe: the Role of Protected Areas

We are very happy to invite our members to the first face to face Siggen Seminar since 2019! This year’s seminar will focus on nature restoration in Europe.

As clearly stated by the EU in the Green Deal and the Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, protecting the nature we have will not be enough to reverse biodiversity loss. A complementary ambitious effort is now needed on nature restoration.

Restoring ecosystems all over Europe will help to increase resilience and connectivity of ecosystems, mitigate and adapt to climate change and prevent and reduce the impacts of natural disasters. For this, the European Commission is developing a new, dedicated legislation, and the Bern Convention has recently approved targets for the restoration of natural ecosystems.

In this framework, what role should Protected Areas play? What is needed to make sure Protected Areas can effectively contribute to inspire and implement wide ecosystem restoration? How can Protected Areas contribute to improve connectivity and to reduce habitat fragmentation? 

During this seminar we will investigate some of those aspects, looking also outside of Protected Areas, considering possible partnerships and cooperation with broader landscapes, to ensure benefits from restoration overcome Protected Areas boundaries. We will consider current policy developments, share good practices from across different countries and look at research needed and opportunities to finance restoration initiatives.

Please note this event is for EUROPARC members only.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, there is only limited space available. As such, your registration will have to be confirmed. We will close registrations on the 21st of February.

Register here

More information, as well as a detailed schedule will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

Logistics:

Arrival: Monday 28th March – afternoon
Seminar: Tuesday 29th – Wednesday 30th March
Departure: morning of Thursday 31st March

Please remember that you will be notified if you have been selected for the seminar. Do not book your transportation until you’ve received our confirmation.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact esther.bossink @ europarc.org.

COVID-19 Regulations

It is of utmost importance to us that this event can take place in a safe manner. Please note the current regulations to travel to Germany here, as well as the following Siggen Seminar Center access rules. Entry to the Seminar Centre is only possible for those that are

  • fully vaccinated or recovered (2G)* – find here the list of approved vaccinations in Germany;
  • have additionally completed a professionally performed rapid test (not older than 24 hours). This also applies to guests who have already received a booster vaccination.

Your second vaccination must have been received at least 14 days before arriving to Siggen and must not be older than 6 months upon arrival*. You must be able to present all proofs to the team of the seminar centre in Siggen upon arrival.

Mask (FFP2) are compulsory whilst unseated in closed rooms, as well as when moving around the premises.

*Please note, that in Germany the single-dose vaccine from Johnson&Johnson only counts as ‘fully vaccinated’ after two doses. More information here. To be considered ‘recovered’ in Germany means the positive test must be at least 28 days old, but no older then 90 days. More information here.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact esther.bossink @ europarc.org!

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About Siggen Seminars and the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung

Bringing together Protected Area professionals to learn together, share experience and knowledge in various aspects of Protected Area management and innovate new ideas is at the heart of the EUROPARC Federation’s work.

With the enlightened generosity of the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. we have access, annually to their private seminar centre at Gut Siggen in North Germany, hugging the Baltic Sea coast. Alfred Toepfer Stiftung’s founder was also one of the Federation’s founders and played an important role in its growth and development.

Read the outcomes of previous Siggen Seminars

How to get to the Siggen Seminar Center? 

The Siggen Seminar Center belongs to the Alfred Toepfer Foundation and lies on the north-eastern coast of Germany in the county of Holstein. It is a 20 minute taxi ride from the nearest train station, Oldenburg (Holst), and a five-minute bike-ride to the nearest beach.

Please contact EUROPARC with any questions you might have and download the pdf Directions to Siggen to learn how you can easily reach it by plane, train or car.

Location: Gut Siggen Seminar Center 23777 Heringsdorf, Germany

Please remember that you will be notified if you have been selected for the seminar. Do not book your transportation until you’ve received our confirmation.

How much does it cost?

The annual Siggen seminar is FREE for members of the EUROPARC Federation (meals and accommodation included). Participants  ONLY have to cover their own travel costs to and from the event.