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The EUROPARC Federation is the network for Europe’s natural and cultural heritage. Created by members, the Federation works, to improve the management of Protected Areas in Europe through international cooperation, exchange of ideas and experience, and by influencing policy.
As the representative body of Europe’s Protected Areas we are the collective voice for all nature and landscape areas and we seek to build a stronger, unifying, European network organisation that is better placed to support members and to respond to current and future challenges Europe’s nature is facing.

Kaja Lotman - speaker at #PAtourism17
Kaja Lotman will talk at Tourism in Protected Areas conference about The Europarc Federation​, network of Europe’s Protected Areas.
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Upcoming Events
September 6-10, 2017

October 25-28, 2017 -
10th Charter Network Meeting 2017, Italy



Special series of EUROPARC Webinars on Sustainable Tourism

As a celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, declared by the United Nations for 2017, EUROPARC is organising a series of three webinars on the topic of Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
We will showcase the important role of Protected Areas in the development of sustainable tourism practices that deliver socio-economic benefits to local communities whilst protecting our natural heritage.

In the 3 webinars, good practices from our network of Sustainable Destinations - that have been awarded with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECST) - and from our TransParcNet - the network of Transboundary Parks - will be shared.

We will look at practical examples on visitor management, engagement and cooperation with local partners, and outcomes of the implementation of the ECST methodology in several countries.

April: Visitor Management in Transboundary Parks
May: Engaging with local partners for Sustainable Tourism strategies
June: Sustainable Tourism in Marine Protected Areas

EUROPARC April's Webinar: Visitor Management in Transboundary Parks

26th April - 15:00

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - participation is free but registration is mandatory

Tourism is a relevant factor in many European Protected Areas, including Transboundary Parks, with major environmental, social, and economic benefits for people and communities in often very remote regions. In this context, cross-border improvements are needed if we are to ensure low impact on protected area resources, benefits for park neighbours and local communities, and at the same time enhance visitors' experiences.
On this EUROPARC webinar, we will further explore developments in the field of tourism in transboundary protected areas with key actions taking place, for a high-quality, ecologically compatible and environmentally friendly visitor management.
The webinar will be presented by Luís Monteiro, PhD student at the Czech University of Life Sciences with the thesis “Assessing, managing and monitoring tourism and related impacts in protected areas”. In the past, Luis has worked in the Průhonice Park management department, an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic, where he helped to improve the trail system orientation and interpretation programmes. He is member of the Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group from the IUCN WCPA and he is currently conducting an internship at the EUROPARC Federation. He will give an introduction and overview to the topic of visitor management and cooperation across borders framed by the Transboundary Parks Programme.
Two case studies from the **TransParcNet**, EUROPARC’s network of cross-border protected areas, will be presented:

Case Study 1

Plans for a future common visitor monitoring in Bavarian Forest and Šumava National Parks

by Florian Porst, Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany

The area of Šumava and Bavarian Forest National Park is characterised as the largest forest region without human intervention in central Europe. The first Transboundary Certificate between the Bavarian Forest and Šumava National Parks was handed out in 2009.
In the context of an INTERREG (ETZ Bayern-Tschechien) project, both parks will develop a cross border visitor monitoring. The Project runs for a period of three years from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2019.
Bavarian Forest National Park (DE) has done a basic visitor survey in 2013-2014. Within the project, an equal survey will be done in Šumava National Park (CZ) so it will be possible to compare and merge the data Furthermore, the parks will develop five common survey modules with different themes and each survey will be repeated in a five years regular circle in the future. In addition, it will be established a permanent cross border visitor counting in the whole area of both national parks with automatic counters.
After Studying human geography at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (graduation in 2014), Florian Porst started working for the Bavarian Forest National Park Administration in the department of visitor management and visitor information.

Case Study 2

Towards a more sustainable tourism in the Julian Alps: Application of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in a transboundary area

by Mojca Smolej, Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Cooperation between Prealpi Giulie Nature Park (IT) and Triglav National Park (SL) dates back to 1996, when the Italian park was established. Partnership between the two protected areas was reinforced by EU projects, which supported relationships among cross-border partners.
In 2009, the Transboundary Julian Alps Ecoregion, which also includes Slovenia’s **Julian Alps MAB UNESCO Area**, was officially awarded the EUROPARC Transboundary Certificate. Last year, the Parks wanted to give a step further in their cooperation, regarding sustainable tourism and visitor management, so they have applied the Charter Methodology and were awarded with the European Charter of Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, becoming the first Transboundary Sustainable Destination. Mojca will tell us about their experience in managing tourism across borders and the outcomes of their joint application of the Charter.
Mojca Smolej, is the focal point for Transboundary cooperation in Triglav National Park, for over 10 years. Mojca has been always involved on tourism development: in the creation of info centers, implementation of tourism-related strategies and promotional actions.


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Are there public google docs or wikis?
What would locals like visitors to know about Switzerland? About Parc Jura Vaudois?
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October 18-21 EUROPARC Conference 2016 (Parc Jura Vaudois, Switzerland)
Under the theme “We are Parks”, the Europarc Conference takes place from October 18-22 in the Vallée de Joux and will bring together more than 400 delegates from 36 European countries. The bottom-up democratic model of parks in Switzerland will give participants the opportunity to consider how communities participate in the governance of parks.

The organizers wanted this event to be as open as possible to the public. Many activities are planned, such as educational activities, films, lectures and tastings of products. The local community will meet the delegates at scheduled events.

Conference Program

18 October, Tuesday
EUROPARC General Assembly and opening session
The annual meeting of the EUROPARC Federation kicks off the Conference. This is the important meeting to find out how EUROPARC have taken forward the strategy agreed by members.

October 19, Wednesday
Plenary Session, Tutorials and Opening Party
The first plenary session of the Conference on Wednesday morning will set the scene of “We are Parks.” Keynote speakers come from a variety of international institutions. These talks will be translated in English and French.
Nine tutorials will explore some more detailed aspects of the governance and management of the parks. In these sessions, you will hear interesting presentations from across Europe.
The opening Party will bring together delegates and the local community, aiming to promote exchanges between representatives of parks and the population, around issues of sustainable development.

October 20, Thursday
Workshops and MarketPlace
Fourteen workshops will take place on Thursday. They will enable a more detailed analysis of a given topic, with case studies. These longer sessions will give everyone a chance to participate, to conclude on some important issues and to look forward to new solutions.
The EUROPARC Marketplace is an opportunity to learn about what is going on in parks across Europe and to get some new ideas!

October 21, Friday
Fieldtrips and Gala dinner
You can choose upon field trips to explore the Parc Jura Vaudois and its surrounding area. They are all composed of two 3-hours-parts and hiking boots, warm and waterproof clothes are recommended.

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