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.