Welcome, Bienvenue, Willkommen!
EUROPARC Federation currently represents some 400 members. These include protected areas, governmental departments, NGO's and businesses in 35 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.
If you want to find out more about who we are or what we do please follow these links or use the menu at the top of the page to navigate through the EUROPARC network and its work. Within the site you will also find interesting information about whats on and new within the Federation and Brussels and downloadable copies of some of our publications in our library.
Follow this link for address of the Regensburg office, the Brussels office and staff contact details.
Ignace Schops receives honorary title of the king, "Commander of the Order of the Crown"
EUROPARC Council member, director of the Regional Landscape Kempen and Maasland, Ignace Schops, received one of the biggest royal honors in Belgium. King Philip I. and Queen Mathilde awarded Mr. Schops with the title “Commander of the Order of the Crown” for his local and international work on biodiversity, social entrepreneurship and climate change.
This special honor follows a series of other recognitions Mr. Schops has received in the recent years, for his commitment to conservation, biodiversity and combating climate change. In 2008., Mr. Schops was also awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, also known as the “Green Nobel Prize " .
Busy as always, his interview in the Forbes magazine was recently published.
“I have a heart for nature and its intrinsic values. But if my goals can be reached with a sustainable economic model, I go for that approach,” says Ignace Schops, Belgian environmentalist, social entrepreneur, and initiator of Belgium’s first National Park in his interview for the Forbes magazine.
Our hardworking and always present EUROPARC council member, talks about how he manages to convince businessmen to value nature and simultaneously demonstrates to conservationists that working with businesses can create economic and social value.
He has proven the potential of nature reserves in densely populated areas; several audit reports show that companies and businesses based around the National Park depend on it for a percentage of their annual revenue. In fact, the Hoge Kempen National Park is responsible, directly or indirectly, for more than 5,000 jobs in the six municipalities that surround the park. “That is a win for local economies and a win for nature,” Schops says.
Forbes is one of the leading business magazines in the world, and it is our great pleasure to see our council member’s experience and practice being shared at this important level. A lot of environmental organisations and protected areas such as the Belgium’s RLKM, as are working hard, proving the natural heritage is an opportunity for the socio-economic problems.
Continue reading the complete article on the Forbes official website.
- Children and nature: a healthy relationship
- Tourism and Biodiversity in Protected Areas - 8th European Charter Network Meeting and Charter Awards 2013
- EUROPARC 2013: A show of hands for another 40 years Working for Nature!
- Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems
- Important notice for EUROPARC members
Green Business meetings 20134th December 2013
Pollutec Horizons – the global event for cleantechs, energy and sustainable development &ndash ...
Metsä 2013 - Joint session of the ECE Committ...9th December 2013
The next joint session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO Europea ...
Closing Conference for the European Year of Air9th December 2013
The closing conference for the European Year of Air will take place at the Council of Europe in Stra ...