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EUROPARC Federation currently represents 365 members. These include protected areas, governmental departments, NGO's and businesses in 36 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe's land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavour to exchange expertise, experience and best practise as well as to collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.

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Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions

WORD FROM THE EUROPARC PRESIDENT

 

It was breaking news yesterday, just before the start of the opening ceremony of the IUCN World Parks Conference in Sydney- the US and China unveiled their commitment to reduce their greenhouse gas output in the next decade. It is a milestone on the way to get a binding agreement on Climate Change in Paris next year. As Climate Change and biodiversity are interconnected – two sides of the same coin - this news was a fantastic start of the 6th World Parks Conference of IUCN. Over the next week nearly 6000 participants from across the world will discuss and interconnect, inspire and get inspired - leading to the “Promise of Sidney” at the end of the Congress.

I would like to congratulate IUCN and WCPA for organizing this global leading congress in Sidney, Australia.

Approximately 700 Europeans attend the congress. And among them several members of EUROPARC Federation. Working closely together with so many partners, the Federation and our members are leading and interconnecting in several workshops, stream sessions and plenary sessions. Often we can focus on success stories: how we implement Natura 2000 together with the EU (DG ENVI en Life+); how we manage protected areas and design our Junior Ranger Programme; how we lead on sustainable tourism and how we can collaborate in the Transboundary networks; how working on the natural heritage can even bring peace… So a big THANK YOU to all our members in supporting and highlighting EUROPARC Federation during the next week.

At the opening plenary session we heard several Heads of States, ministers and global leaders addressing the congress. I felt a spirit of unity. A spirit of close connection. A will to come to real commitments and practical solutions. I understood it is time we take a next step and “integrate” with all parts of the society and give a bigger role to the young people!  We urgently need to build for a new social contract with humanity. A contract that can meet the Millennium Development Goals, the Aichi Targets and keep global warming under the 2°C.

A contract where we reconnect and seal the deal together! The Promise of Sidney will be a promise of sustainable change. Together! Yes we can!” 

Ignace Schops
President

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