Capacity Building for Protected Area & Natura 2000 managers

Cost-free competence-based blended learning courses for Europe’s Nature Managers

Recognising the needs of Natura 2000 and other nature managers, LIFE ENABLE project is creating the European Nature Academy, a new and innovative tailor-made training hub designed to help managers achieve their goals and priorities for nature. The Academy will deliver widely accessible learning experiences and training activities, which participants will be able to apply ‘on the ground’ for maximum impacts for nature, people and local communities.

The training hub will offer learning programmes focusing on core competencies for all nature management practitioners, including purpose-built modules for Forest and Marine Natura 2000 managers across Europe.

European Nature Academy Website | Courses will focus on Forest and Marine ecosystems

 Competence-based blended learning courses include:

  • Ways of working for Natura 2000 & Protected Areas across Europe.
    • This course started with a ‘live’ Induction Seminar in February 2023 in Schneverdingen, Germany and was delivered in 10 online modules from March to June 2023.
    • Subjects covered include:
      • European policies & priorities for nature;
      • Tools for participative & inclusive governance;
      • Design of communication strategies, tools and techniques;
      • Management planning as technical and social processes.
    • Two tailor-made courses, one for Forest and one for Marine managers, to be delivered in September 2023. Both these courses will include a practical ‘on site’ workshop.
    • A Train the Trainers course where 20 people will be trained to train their peers and colleagues in the courses they have themselves completed.


Encouraging lifelong learning and development

LIFE ENABLE underlines the importance of continuous development for Nature Managers through capacity building. Through versatile tailor-made training courses, participative workshops and face-to-face events, the project aims to empower the next generation of effective Nature Managers who will share LIFE ENABLE legacy in their own areas of work.

Applications for the core intake of the European Nature Academy were officially opened at the EUROPARC Conference in Argelès-sur-Mer, France in October 2022.

Photo: Lee Kershaw | The European Nature Academy applications have opened during the EUROPARC Conference 2022 in France,

Stay Tuned!

There has been a tremendous amount of interest – the 1st tranches of available places have been filled very quickly. However, there is still a chance for those interested to be a part of the project since there will be a 2nd call for a new group of applicants for the European Nature Academy towards the end of 2023!

Therefore, stay tuned and follow the EUROPARC Federation news on: