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Message from the UN Secretary-General opens EUROPARC Conference 2017

Message from the UN Secretary-General opens EUROPARC Conference 2017

Unable to join EUROPARC Conference due to Agenda incompatibilities, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella sent their important messages in video, praising the importance of the event and bragging the work done by the Magic Mountains and the EUROPARC Federation.

For Mr Guterres, the Conference is “an excellent opportunity to debate and highlight the role of Protected Areas in the context of touristic, environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability”, especially relevant in the context of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Mr. Guterres highlighted the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism as an important tool for Protected Areas to better implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and work for the benefit of the present and future generations!

 

Karmenu Vella stressed that “protected areas raise awareness of the value of nature and they deliver multiple benefits. But we need a better connection to nature and for that we need good city plans, that integrate nature and green spaces”. The Commissioner recognised that “EUROPARC has been building these bridges, with an excellent work in the promotion of protected areas and development of sustainable tourism”, a concern also shared by the European Commission.

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FEDENATUR approved your integration into the EUROPARC Federation

FEDENATUR approved your integration into the EUROPARC Federation

Press release n.º 4 |

6th  September 2017 |

The members of FEDENATUR – the European Association of Periurban Parks, approved this afternoon during their general assembly in S. Pedro do Sul, its integration into the EUROPARC Federation. An action that marks the start of the EUROPARC 2017 Conference, which takes place in the Magic Mountains until Sunday, September 10th.

“I’m happy for this decision. EUROPARC works with protected areas, however several parks in Europe are located in the outskirts of metropolitan areas. Today, the largest organisation of periurban parks joins EUROPARC, bringing new advice and knowledge, but especially new visions, new voices and new values. EUROPARC is open to cooperate with other organisations that work on the same sustainable development strand”, said Ignace Schops, President of the EUROPARC Federation, re-elected this afternoon for a new three-year term.

“Today, thanks to your and our joint effort, FEDENATUR is born again within a big project that allows us, deliberately and consciously, to bring its background of identity, expertise and its visions for the future, within the big house of EUROPARC – a big, shared house of which we are proud to become part of. What we are doing today is not the end of a path, but rather the opportunity to transfer our expertise, our professional knowledge and our visions within a wider context and within an organisation that has broader horizons”, said Roberto Della Rovere, President of FEDENATUR, which now ceases to exist as an individual organisation. Roberto also emphasizes the sustainability aspect of these territories, considering that “periurban and metropolitan parks are an a example that living within the park area can be, and is most often, a resource and an opportunity. We combine respect for the environment with sustainable development”.

After his re-election, Ignace Schops affirmed that sustainability and expansion of the network will be the main focus of the EUROPARC Federation of his new mandate.

“The next three years will be important to achieve stability and enlarge the EUROPARC network. We want to be the common home of nature, regional, national, marine, periurban parks, and support them in the sustainable development of their territories, based on an active involvement with their local communities”.

During the coming days, conservation and the well-being of communities will be analysed by over 300 participants from several countries, at EUROPARC Conference. This year taking place in the Magic Mountains territory, a Sustainable Destinations awarded with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
Tonight, delegates will be welcomed in Sao Pedro do Sul, in this event organised by ADRIMAG and promoted by the EUROPARC Federation.

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We are waiting for you!

We are waiting for you!

Less than 24 hours for EUROPARC Conference 2017!

In Sao Pedro do Sul, ADRIMAG and The Europarc Federation Directorate and Council Members are making the final preparations to welcome you all at the biggest event of #ProtectedArea professionals!

During 4 intense days, over 300 delegates will be discussing the #NewVoices, #NewValues, #NewVisions for People and Nature in Europe!

Stay tuned with the conference website and social media #EUROPARC2017!

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Daniel Deusdado

Daniel Deusdado

DANIEL DEUSDADO

Daniel Deusdado, director of RTP1 and RTP International, is a journalist, with the professional license 1246. He has a degree in Law from the Catholic University of Porto, and a post-graduation degree in Realization and Television from the School of Arts of the Catholic University.

A journalist since 18 years old, he worked in the Público newspaper, from its foundation until 1998, and later, in 2002 and 2003, became deputy editor of the newspaper. He created several journalism and television companies and was responsible for programs and documentaries such as Radar de Negócios (Business Radar); Nobre Povo (Noble People), Liga dos Últimos (League of the Last), Himalaias - a Viagem dos Jesuítas Portugueses (Himalayas - The Journey of the Portuguese Jesuits), Nos Passos de Magalhães (In the Steps of Magalhães), etc.

He was director of the magazine Ideias & Negócios; he created and directed for 10 years the monthly economic barometer of the Expresso newspaper, Conselho dos Doze (Council of Twelve); was a weekly columnist for Jornal de Notícias. He was director of RTP3 until July 2016.

 

 

Daniel Deusdado
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200 registrantations for EUROPARC Conference 2017

200 registrantations for EUROPARC Conference 2017

Press release n.º 3 |
17th July 2017 |

Over 200 people from 30 countries have already registered for EUROPARC Conference that will take place in Portugal, in one-month time. So far, after Portugal, the Netherlands will be the country better represented.

The biggest event of Protected Areas takes place in the Portuguese region of the “Magic Mountains” in September 2016. It will gather professionals and nature conservation experts coming from four continents – Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

“Currently, we have 200 registrations and the biggest foreigner group of delegates is coming from the Netherlands. We look forward to receiving more registrations from Portuguese professionals working for protected areas and nature conservation, as we will be discussing important subjects for the country, such as forest management and wildfires, the coexistence between people and large carnivores or the shared management of natural areas”, said Joao Carlos Pinho, coordinator of ADRIMAG (conference host and organiser).

EUROPARC Conference is a European event with international coverage that gathers specialists on nature conservation, cultural heritage and sustainable management of activities within classified natural areas.

The event takes place in Portugal, between 6-10th June, in a geographical region rich of natural and cultural heritage, covering the municipalities of Arouca, Castelo de Paiva, Castro Daire, Cinfães, S. Pedro do Sul, Sever do Vouga e Vale de Cambra.

With the theme – New voices, new visions, new Values for People and Nature in Europe – participants will examine the role of protected areas as promoters of a more socially inclusive, environmentally healthier, and economically viable model for local development.

Before reaching the maximum of 300 participants, registrations can still be made at www.europarc2017.montanhasmagicas.pt.

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European Commission represented at EUROPAR Conference 2017

European Commission represented at EUROPAR Conference 2017

Press release n.º 2 |
12th July 2017 |

Humberto Delgado Rosa,  Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission and former State-Secretary for Environment in Portugal and the Brazilian ex-minister for Environment, Marina Silva, are confirmed as keynote speakers at EUROPARC Conference 2017. The Plenary Session takes place in the “Magic Mountains” region, Portugal, on September 7th.

Several renowned personalities in the field of Environment and Nature Conservation have confirmed their presence at EUROPARC Conference 2017. Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director for Natural Capital within the European Commission – Directorate-General for Environment, will introduce the recently launched “EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy”.

In the same session, delegates will hear Marina Silva, ex-minister for Environment during Lula da Silva’s governments between 2003-2008. Silva was recognised as a United Nations Champion of the Earth for her work against the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Erika Stanciu, former President of the EUROPARC Federation and former State-Secretary for Environment and Forests in Romania also confirmed her presence, along with Monsignor Francisco Froján Madero. Madero is member of the Vatican State Secretary and will share a reflection about the Papal Encyclical LAUDATO SI’: On Care For Our Common Home.

EUROPARC Conference 2017 takes place between the 6-10 September, with activities taking place in the Magic Mountains region (ranging the municipalities of Arouca, Castelo de Paiva, Castro Daire, Cinfães, S. Pedro do Sul, Sever do Vouga e Vale de Cambra). It is the biggest European event of protected areas and nature conservation and the complete programme can be seen here.

The theme “New voices, new visions, new values for people and nature in Europe” will launch the debate on protected areas as models for regional development that is socially inclusive, environmental healthier, and economically fair. The theme is aligned with the 2017 United Nations’ International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development.

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Humberto Delgado Rosa

Humberto Delgado Rosa

HUMBERTO DELGADO ROSA

Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission, since November 2015. His Directorate's mission is to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital in the areas of biodiversity, nature, land and soil, forests and nutrient cycles, as well as overseeing the LIFE Programme for nature and the environment.

Prior to his current position within the DG Environment, Delgado Rosa was Director for adaptation to climate change and low carbon technology, within the DG Climate Action, and State-Secretary for Environment in Portugal between 2005 and 2011.

Humberto Delgado Rosa will present the recently launched "EU Action Plan for Nature, People and the Economy". The Action Plan was produced by the European Commission after the evaluation process to the Birds and Habitats Directives, to improve their implementation and boost their contribution towards reaching the EU's biodiversity targets for 2020.

 

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