Erika Stanciu was recently State Secretary of Forests and, for a short time State Secretary for Biodiversity Conservation and Protected Areas in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests in Romania. Previous President of EUROPARC Federation and holder of the Alfred Toepfer Medal for outstanding contribution to the work of protected areas in Europe.

From the forest of Retezat to the forest of flipcharts that populate many of Erika’s training workshops, Erika plays a key role in capacity development of Protected Area Professionals in Romania. She was involved in the creation of ProPark - Foundation for Protected Areas, where she is currently the Executive Director. Erika will offer some insights and thoughts on joint voices for old and new values in nature conservation.