Thursday 7th September

Secondary School of Arouca – 14:00 – 18:00

One of the key elements of a EUROPARC Conference is the extensive workshop programme. These 4 hour facilitated sessions deepens into relevant topics to protected area management and ensure delegates can gain from experiences across Europe, as well as debate and consider current challenges and future actions.

These longer sessions will give everyone a chance to participate, to conclude on some important issues and to look forward to new solutions to take back into your own parks.

Please select your workshop choice when you register for the Conference. It may be difficult to change choices when you arrive!

01 – Good fire, bad fire

 Moderator: Paulo Mateus, ICNF (PT) Fire is part of Nature as well as from Mankind. Fire has been used by men ever since as a tool to ...
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02 – Can we live with them?

Moderator: Margarida Fernandes, ICNF (PT)  Wild Fauna is a natural asset but can also be a problem when there are damages on crops, herds or simple car ...
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03 – Do privates do it better?

Moderator: Joaquim Teodósio SPEA (PT)  Private owned nature conservation areas are not common in Europe but exist for a long time. Private sector has showed an increasing interest ...
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04 – A new alternative solution for PA management? Private management of Public Protected Areas

Moderator: Paulo Castro, EUROPARC Council (PT)  Public PA have been using outsourcing solutions since quite a while, searching for alternative solutions that cost less. The paradigm of ...
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05 – Natural Health: Protected Areas and the Health and Well-being Agenda

Moderator: Pete Rawcliff, Scottish Natural Heritage (UK) Drawing on the work of the EUROPARC Federation Commission on this topic, this workshop will elaborate on the connections between health, ...
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06 – The Laws of Nature. Managing N2000 sites

Moderator: Michael Hosek, EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy: how it helps to PA managers, and vice versa? This year, ...
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07 – Be a Farmers Friend. Sustainable agriculture in Protected Areas

Moderator: Corrado Teofilo Federparchi, EUROPARC Italia Working in partnership with the farming industry is important if nature and biodiversity is to thrive outside of nature reserves.  IS ...
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08 – Good for Business; Good for Biodiversity and Good for the Planet: Climate change and tourism industry – reducing carbon footprint, resources use and pollution

Moderator: Amanda Guzman, , Ecotourism Club in Spain (ES) The charter for sustainable tourism in protected areas has enabled small tourism enterprises to be recognised for the efforts ...
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09 – Public – Private partnership. Investing in a Sustainable Future Public and private financing mechanisms for a successful and sustainable low carbon tourism development – CANCELLED

CANCELLED (due to operational reasons) Sustainable tourism is not just about sustaining the landscape, the wildlife and the people and culture of an area, it about being ...
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10 – Changing Climate Changing Parks; Adaptation to climate change in the planning and management of protected areas

Moderator: Jose Atauri, EUROPARC Spain   Given the evidence of the effects of climate change, it is necessary to develop criteria to guide actions for climate change ...
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11 – Transboundary cooperation – a model to connect wildlife and unite people

Moderator: Jakub Kaspar, Krknose National Park (CZ) President of EUROPARC CEE The political times we live in have raised questions about how open or closed our borders ...
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12 – Making an Impact- Measuring the impact of people in periurban parks

Moderator: Teresa Pastor, EUROPARC The natural spaces around our major urban places are vital green lungs for city dwellers as well as important features of the landscape.  ...
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13 – Managing across the great divide – connecting land and sea

Moderator: Tim Vines, EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Protected areas at the interface between the marine and terrestrial have a unique and interesting perspective. People care strongly about our ...
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14 – Old Parks: New Money? Alternative funding strategies for protected areas

Moderator: Katja Artz, EUROPARC Germany Traditionally, national and regional protected areas have been fully funded from administrations. However, in recent years alternative funding strategies for protected areas ...
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15 – Modern Park Rangers – improving skills for effective Ranger teams

Moderator: Frank Gruertz, International Ranger Federation/European Ranger Association All over the world Rangers stand in the frontline of nature conservation – on the Thin Green Line! They ...
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16 – Sports in nature. Is it fit for purpose?

Moderator : Olaf Holm. Directeur – Parc naturel régional de la Montagne de Reims There is an increasing number of events and participants in outdoor leisure and ...
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