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EUROPARC eNews: Wetland Management

2013 has started with a lot of planning for the celebrations of EUROPARC´s “40 years Working for Nature”. This year we plan themed eNews and have dedicated this month to Wetland Management with news from around Europe

From our headquarters in Regensburg, the Danube River flows through Hungary. It is here where the EUROPARC 2013 conference will take place in October. Our host, the Hortobágy National Park is an important wetland area in Eastern Europe and acknowledged as RAMSAR site and UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. We are well advanced with the conference programme. Read more in the EUROPARCNews section below.

For our March eNewsletter we invite all readers to send us your information about FRESH WATER management, water protection activities in Protected Areas but also on conflicts and concerns around water management in Protected Areas.

Enjoy reading,

Your EUROPARC Team


Features - Feullitons - Reportage

World Wetlands Day
On February 2, World Wetlands Day was celebrated. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general, and the Ramsar Convention in particular.

New RAMSAR wetland site in Portugal
The government of Portugal has named as the country’s 31st Wetland of International Importance the Paúl da Praia da Vitória (Praia da Vitória Marsh) (16 hectares, 38°44’N 027°04’W) located in the Azores Archipelago. The marsh plays an important role in the local hydrological cycle, regulating floods of the surrounding hydrologic basin. Considered to be an excellent strategic point for bird watching, recreation and educational and environmental awareness purposes, the marsh has an added value for tourism and local development. In the eastern Azores, Terras do Priolo (Lands of the Priolo) on the island of São Miguel, was awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas in 2012. EUROPARC is in close contact with RAMSAR and have common members in Portugal.

World Wetland Day in Spain
In the North and South of the Iberian Pensinsula are a number of unique wetlands located. For World Wetland Day, protected natural areas got involved in the celebrations with a number of activities. Among many other activities, please read on via the following links: Bahía of Cádiz Nature Park (Andalucía) organized an open day for visitors with children.
The Basque Government Biodiversity Centre organized guided tours, ornithological outings, and workshops around the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.
A very unique event took place in Cañada de los Pájaros Nature Reserve (Andalucía) where 180 birds were release. The project "For a living park" organized a tour with nature experts in the Southeast Regional Park (Madrid).

Spanish protected areas benefit from Natura 2000
A new LIFE Information & Communication project - Conéctate a la Red Natura’ (LIFE11 INF/ES/000665) - is proactively promoting the value of the Natura 2000 network in Spain.
?Porque?: A pesar de que el 30% del territorio español pertenece a la Red Natura 2000, el 85% de la población española no ha oído hablar de esta red de espacios. Por eso, el proyecto plantea acciones diferentes con tres grupos meta, la población general, sectores productivos, y los actores clave en defensa de la Red Natura 2000 para mejorar los conocimientos de la sociedad sobre la importancia de las áreas protegidas.

Wetland management and sustainable tourism management go hand in hand
The Dinaric Arc is an area where several international organisations (including UNESCO, UNDP, Council of Europe, IUCN, WWF and others) are focusing on this ecoregion within a broad framework of collaboration, the “Dinaric Arc Initiative”. The WWF Initiative “Dinaric Arc Parks” aims to create and support a network of protected areas in the region, with financial support by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the MAVA Foundation. To this end, a first international Dinaric Arc Parks conference took place on 19-23 November 2012 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nature based tourism is an important stream in the protection activities of the involved protected areas. On behalf of EUROPARC Federation, Wilf Fenten of EUROPARC Consulting presented the EUROPARC expertise and the process of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas offering attendees to become part of the network and connect their wetland management knowledge with sustainable tourism. Read more.

Danube Delta - Europe's largest remaining natural wetland
With over 300 species of birds and 45 freshwater fish species that find their habitat in its numerous lakes and marshes, the Danube Delta is one of the continent's most valuable habitats for wetland wildlife and biodiversity. The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe, after the Volga. It covers 799,000 ha, 65,000 ha of which are strictly protected. Approximately 80% of the Danube Delta lies in Romanian and 20% in Ukrainian territory. DDBR, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (DDBR) is member of EUROPARC and working hard to enhance the protection of the wetland recognised by the Council of Europe in 2000. The management strategy deals with the problems of preparation, planning and development of integrating the objectives of biodiversity conservation into policies of socio-economic systems (SES). DDBRA is a member of EUROPARC and Eurosite as well as a Natura 2000 Site (SPA and SCI).

European Riverprize announced
A European Riverprize will be awarded annually starting in 2013 to reward best practice river basin management from the Urals to the Atlantic. The award will be launched in a partnership between the ICPDR and the International River Foundation (IRF). It will be open to all organisations engaged in the sustainable management of Europe’s river basins. Click here to read on.

Wetlands as natural solutions to global water crisis
What need to change quickly are our attitudes to wetlands, urges a report on the Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands of TEBB as the IUCN reports. A major shift is needed and a recognition of wetland´s value in delivering water, raw materials and food, essential for life, and crucial for maintaining people’s livelihoods and the sustainability of the world’s economies. Despite the evidence that wetlands provide huge benefits to people their value is still underestimated and they continue to be degraded or destroyed at an alarming pace. An estimated 50 per cent of wetlands were lost during the 20th century due to factors such as intensive agricultural production, water extraction for domestic and industrial use, urbanization, infrastructure and industrial development and pollution.
Read more here. To download the full report, click here.

For more publications on wetland management, see EUROPARCResources below!


News - Neuigkeiten - Nouvelle


EUROPARC Council Meet in Portugal
Council members arrived from all over Europe to consider the business of EUROPARC. However, even with a full agenda, a new workshop approach to the meeting was adopted to ensure sufficient depth of discussion and a wide range of views, experience and ideas could be explored.
It is also an important feature of the Council meeting to meet local members and learn something of protected areas management in the locality. Given that World Wetland Day was celebrated on February 2nd, the council visited a number of local coastal reserves. Hosted by the Parque Biologica de Gaia, the council had the opportunity to visit the important natural bird reserve Esturio de Douro. Our guide took the trouble through their comprehensive tracking systems show bird that had made their migratory trips via many of the countries of council members. A later visit took the council to Parque de Dunas de Aguda where the importance of restoring the precious endemic dune vegetation was seen in the midst of urban coastal development.
It was a very stimulating and productive two days of meetings and a particular change for council to gain a better understanding of coastal and peri-urban protected area issues.

Celebration of 40 years Hortobágy National Park – host of EUROPARC 2013
With a visit of the Minister for Rural Development, Hortobágy National Park celebrated its 40st anniversary at the National Park Center. The park is a RAMSAR Wetland site and the oldest and most famous national park in Hungary. In 1999, it was added as a World Natural Heritage Site to the UNESCO list. Currently, a special project on gene preservation is developed to improve the management of nature protection in the park area. HNP Director and EUROPARC council member Gabor Szilagyi noted that the national park is currently counting more than 600 farmers involved. The National Park directorate is organizing the EUROPARC Annual conference in October in the nearby town of Debrecen.
The city of Regensburg where EUROPARC´s headquarters is located and the Hortobágy NP where our annual conference will take place are both accredited UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This connecting is noteworthy as the two locations are also connected by earlier movements of the grey cattle from the Hungarian wetlands to Regensburg´s wetlands along the Danube river. Read more on WH site Hortobágy and Regensburg.

EUROPARC Conference 2013
The team of Hortobágy National Park is busy organizing the Annual EUROPARC Conference which will take from October 9-13, 2013 in Debrecen, the biggest town close to the World Natural Heritage Site but also with the celebration events of the 40 years Hortobágy National Park itself! Under the theme “40 years Working for Nature” are we excepting hundreds of delegates and members old and new, to celebrate with us the achievements of the federation and get inspired in workshops and field trips to design future action and projects – for another 40 years!
Check out the conference site for updates and connect to EUROPARC 2013 via Facebook.

Application open now for Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarship
With exciting themes are we now inviting young European scientists to apply for the Alfred-Toepfer-Scholarship. The research themes target to support the work of protected areas and the EUROPARC Federation. Share this scholarship information with your network. A brand new flyer is available from the website, or from office@europarc.org. Applicants can easily use the online application form available here.

For the 2013 themes, please check here.

Junior Ranger: great international events and a contest coming up!
In the light of “40 years Working for Nature” EUROPARC will pay particular attention to young people and invite them to participate in at least two major events: The International Junior Ranger Camp in July and the Junior Ranger Conference at the main conference in October 2013. These events are created to develop their leadership skills, and encourage them to be “future ambassadors” to work for nature. Young people are the most important resource for nature protection and EUROPARC is putting new efforts into involving them in the future of our protected areas.

A youth campaign without a mascot? Not any longer! We are organizing an international mascot design contest to get Junior Ranger ideas for the best mascot for this programme! Check the latest news on Facebook and our website.

Junior Rangers on Facebook
Junior Ranger at work last summer in the Alpi Marittime Regional Park (IT) are ready to start a new challenging year. What they will be up to? Last summer they made a video on recycling and waste management in the Park. That is a really big issue that most of the JR, all across Europe, recently raised! Let us know your stories and follow us on facebook!

New Guidelines in eight European languages: EU-GRUNDTVIG Multilateral Project “Volunteer management in European parks”
Protected areas need their local communities and stakeholders to get more involved in their management. Volunteering is a great way to do this and protected areas have to provide good quality for volunteer management. Therefore, the project partners have successfully updated and launched new guidelines which will now be tested. The guidelines are available in 8 European languages from www.europarc.org: Romanian, Italian, German, Latvia, Lithuanian, Spanish, French and English. Park-partners are requested to test the guidelines and help improve them with recommendation. Project coordinator Bettina Soethe is looking forward to suggestions.
In addition, project partners are invited from 19 March to 21 March to a training for volunteer coordinators in Mallorca. Here, they will learn (more) about volunteer management in protected areas, exchange good practice examples and experiences and network w
ith other coordinators from all over Europe, also to identify new possible projects as the project will end in October 2013.

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (Charter): The value of the “Charter” in identifying sustainable tourism destinations.
The project, funded by BfN (DE) to examine the rule of the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas in identifying sustainable tourism destination has been completed. Following two years of collaboration and hard work form our project team, the project report and publications are now available on the website: Sustainable Tourism Destinations Project Reports. The report shows the extent of recognition and relevance of the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas at a European and global level. Further, the analysis of the EUROPARC Charter with initiatives being developed by the EU Commission has also been undertaken.
New case studies showing new working ideas in sustainable tourism, across the Charter network have been produced in 5 languages. The “magic numbers” infographic, which was launched at last year’s Charter Award ceremony, is also on the website to download.
We recommend anyone with an interest in sustainable tourism to browse the website and download publications at your leisure.

Measuring success for future improvements
Measuring the success of the "Volunteer Management in Parks" project is not an easy task! Volunteers working in protected areas, learning interpersonal skills as well as gaining hands-on-experience and sharing that in their local communities, are the some of the aims of the EU funded Lifelong Learning project. Now, EUROPARC Consulting is doing an online survey with all participating parties. Click here for more information.

European Charter for Sustainable Tourism News update
From 2013 onwards, Petra Schultheiss will be the main contact person in the EUROPARC directorate for all networking and communications. Petra has expertise in tourism planning and with her language skills will help to re-activate the network. She is looking forward to work with all Charter parks. Read more about Petra and contact her via info@european-charter.org.

Transboundary Park programme
Interest for the Transboundary Park network is growing and for 2013 already two applications were submitted. The programme is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The 2013 TransparkNet Meeting will be hosted by the NP Maas Schwalm Nette (DE/NL) from July 4-7. At a recent planning meeting, the programme of the 5-day event was identified.
The transboundary exhibition of the national parks Illmitz and Fertöujlák is a noteworthy project: “(Die Maskottchen) ... führen den Besucher in die stark wechselnden jahreszeitlichen Lebensbedingungen der pannonischen Seichtgewässer ein. Mehrere interaktive Stationen sollen nicht nur Kinder dazu animieren, sich mit jenen kaum bekannten Tierarten zu beschäftigen.
Links: http://fhnp.nemzetipark.gov.hu/ and http://www.nationalpark-neusiedlersee-seewinkel.at


Members - Mitglieder – Membres


Updating protected areas information on Google Maps
After a representative of Google Inc. had joined the EUROPARC 2011 conference in Germany we now offer to EUROPARC members to update their data on Google maps and our website members´ map. This will improve your visibility on google maps in general and is likely to increase the rate that your Protected Area is “found” by web users – and visited!
In addition, Google Maps is now offering a new quite exciting opportunity: the mapping of hiking and biking paths! As your PA administration office surely has all relevant GPS data of your treks, why not offer this “feature” via the internet and make it easy for your potential visitors to plan their hikes? If you are interested, please contact Julia Schönhärl (office@europarc.org)!
Another new feature, the Google Trekker might be soon available in Europe, too. A first test was run in the US Grand Canyon National Park where trekker installed a camera on their bag pack and filmed the hike.
Read more here.

Volunteer action for oak trees in the Elbe floodplains
The Mittelelbe Biosphere Reserve in Germany covers wide areas of floodplains and former floodplains alongside the river Elbe. These sights are highly valuable not only for conservation reasons but also for cultural reasons as they include the pictures landscape of the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. As characteristic elements of the landscape, old oak-trees have remained from the former wood pasture in the area. Nowadays, they are witness of traditional land use methods and habitats of rare species. Thanks to a big effort of volunteers in the region the oak-trees are mapped, protected and proliferated. Additionally, through public relation work, cooperation with schools etc. the awareness of the high value of the trees is raised.

In 2012 the oak-tree conservation project in the floodplains of the River Elbe was financially supported by funds of EUROPARC Germany’s “volunteers in parks”-programme as an exemplary and outstanding volunteer project. More Information (in German).

LIFE FAGUS progress in Italian parks
The LIFE + Nature project "Forests of the Apennines: Good practices to conjugate Use and Sustainability" (FAGUS) coordinated by NP Cilento and Vallo di Diano and Alburni (PNCVDA) is supported by € 1,244,038 for a duration of 40 months. It started in November 2012 and strives to implement the EU's LIFE program purpose of developing and implementing environmental legislation and community policies with a focus on the EU HABITAT and BIRDS Directives. The scientific value, landscape, historical and cultural interest led to the introduction of the Cilento park in the list of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO MAB program, the list of "UNESCO World Heritage Sites" as cultural landscape and the European Network and Global Geoparks.
In addition, NP Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga characterized by a remarkable diversity of unique forest ecosystems and special geomorphological characteristics, is known for its forests covering more than half of the total area of the park. In the light of LIFE FAGUS, new conservation and management practices will be tested for a more sustainable forestry practice.
Read on: http://www.fagus-life-project.eu/index.php/it/


Network - Netzwerk - Réseau


World Ranger Congress 2012
The Arusha Declaration was the outcome of the 7th World Ranger Congress (English versionversión Español) where 264 delegates from 40 countries came together in Arusha, Tanzania from 4th to 9th November 2012. The congress was organized by the International Ranger Federation, a partner of EUROPARC. A summary of the Congress and photos are available on the IRF website. Delegates spent a great time networking and enjoying social events such as a cultural night and evening videos. IRF member associations are now invited to provide comments on this draft before 28th February 2013: secretary@internationalrangers.org. A final declaration will be published in April 2013.

IPBES - international science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystems
A new international science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystems www.ipbes.net, set up to assist governments and citizens to better understand the state, trends and challenges facing the natural world and humanity in the 21st century, has today put in place many of the administrative and staffing structures needed to implement its important work.
Over 500 delegates, including from most of the 105 Member States of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), attended the first plenary meeting of the platform (IPBES-1), held in Bonn, Germany this week. Read a critical analysis about IPBES on IISD.

ALPARC becomes an association
ALPARC, the network of 36 protected areas in the Alpine region, as now formally created an association of entities from all alpine countries. The new association continues its activities which started already 17 years ago with the support of France and the French Regions Rhône Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.  ALPARC is a EUROPARC Federation is looking forward to continue the good relationship with ALPARC and its members. Documents and more information is available on the ALPARC webpage.

Europe - Europa - Europe


New consultation of the European Policy on Organic Agriculture online
On the 23rd of January members of the EP's agriculture committee have made the first formal step towards the final approval of the reform proposal for the next period 2014-2020. The vote on Direct Payments and Rural Development actually doesn’t seem to bring any benefit for the environment and subsides risk to be awarded without any accountability and real value for money invested.
In the direct payment the greening measures proposed by the Commission have been weakened and circumvented with exemptions, delays and reduction of ambitions. In the Rural Development Regulation, the protection of High Nature Value Farming was rejected while some double payments have been approved.
MEPs are scheduled to vote on their position during the March plenary, a good opportunity to reverse some of the current harmful decisions. We therefore urge our members to liaise with respective Members of the EU Parliament and raise views to improve the current proposed CAP reform.

European Entrepreneurial Region 2014 label: apply now!
The Committee of the Regions encourages Europe's regions to take part in the 2014 edition of the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) label competition. Any EU region can apply for this award by submitting, by 28 February 2013, strategies for their region that encourage entrepreneurial vision. A jury will then award three EU regions the label: "Entrepreneurial Region of the Year 2014". This award is particularly interesting for regions where the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas is present, as this management tool provides a great base for regional development issues including private sector companies. Cooperation among the EER regions can serve to develop common projects and bring their businesses together. Further information. Contact: eer-cdr@cor.europa.eu


Resources - Ressourcen – Resources


Publications

New Guidelines for Volunteer Management in European Protected Areas
These guidelines are the result of the identified need to find and support a common understanding of quality volunteer management in European Protected Areas (PAs). They are now available in 8 European languages here.

LIFE and Europe´s wetlands - Restoring a vital ecosystem
LIFE has been contributing to a large number of projects supporting the conservation of wetland ecosystems within the Natura 2000 network. This publication presents a selection of LIFE wetland projects while focus is given on the restoration and management of wetlands. Click here for the PDF file.

New LIFE publication – Managing habitats for birds
The latest LIFE Focus publication highlights the crucial link between habitat management and the conservation of Europe's threatened bird species. Download here.

European Environment Agency Report: The cost of ignoring the warning signs
The EEA has recently published a report, which highlights the costs and consequences of ignoring warnings until damage to health and the environment become inevitable. Among the most armful causes we find the non-application of the precautionary principle, short-term profits put ahead of public safety, or scientists downplaying risks. Particularly interesting are also the examples on GMOs .

Wetland management needs a ‘human-centric’ approach by DG Environment News alert service of May 2012

Gap analysis of European wetland species: Priority regions for expanding the Natura 2000 network: IIASA
Recently developed modelling tools for systematic conservation planning to conduct a detailed gap analysis using coarse scale species occurrence data are used to determine the cost-minimizing distribution of habitat locations subject to biophysical, economic, and policy restrictions.

Science for Environment Policy, Issue 313
Science for Environment Policy is a free news and information service published by Directorate-General Environment, European Commission. "It is designed to help the busy policymaker keep up-to-date with the latest environmental research findings needed to design, implement and regulate effective policies.

Sixth Edition of Ramsar Convention Manual
The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has published the 110-page Manual, available in English, French, and Spanish, which describes the Convention, its structures and its activities. It features sections on: the history of the Convention; the bodies set up under the Convention and their functioning; assistance to parties; and how States may join the Convention. The section on assistance to parties describes: the Ramsar Handbooks; the wise use of wetlands; listed sites; international cooperation; reserves and training; and Ramsar message communications.  Weblink: Ramsar Convention Manual.

In addition, in February 2012, RAMSAR published “Healthy wetlands, healthy people - A review of wetlands and human health interactions”. Here, the need is taken into account to provide a bet­ter understanding of what is meant by “wetland ecosystem health” including the commitments under the Convention concerning the maintenance of the ecological character of wetlands.

Wetlands International: African-Eurasian IWC Annual National Count Totals report 2012
Wetlands International has published the African-Eurasian IWC (International Waterbirds Census) Annual National Count Totals report for 2012, summarising water bird counts for each contributing country in the African-Eurasian region of the IWC. The report covers the years 2009 - 2012 and includes data from the IWC January census, the African Mid-year (July) census and special European Goose Counts in January and November. Click here for more information.


Funding opportunities

LIFE call for project proposals 2013
On the 14th of February the Commission will launch the new LIFE call for project proposals. Here you can find more information on the call. Deadline for applications: 25/06/2013. EUROPARC is keen to support members in finding partners and to get involved in projects to improve the dissemination of results across the wider European network of protected areas.

Opportunity: From Zall Bastar Commune, Tirana,  Albania did reach us the request for the implementation of a local tourism project. Zall Bastar Commune is looking for a partner to write a proposal for LIFE +. If you are interested, please contact director Lindita ÇEÇJA: linditacecja(at) yahoo.com

Call for abstracts and papers: LANDSCAPE OBSERVATORIES IN EUROPE FROM THE ELC RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE LOCAL INITIATIVES (2000-2013) by UNISCAPE in collaboration with Università degli Studi di Torino and Politecnico of Torino with the support of Regione Toscana, Florence (IT). Abstracts are accepted until February 22, 2013.
Contact: www.uniscape.eu,tessa.goodman@uniscape.eu



Events-Veranstaltungen-Evénéments

February

  • 25 February-21 April, 2013: Online course on Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively Under the UNFCCC. Registration is still open for this new on-line UNITAR course here.

March

  • 11-12 March, 2013 International Symposium on Marine Nature Restoration in Northern Europe - restoration of reefs
    The Danish Ministry of the Environment, Nature Agency is organising an international symposium in Copenhagen with the support of the LIFE 'BLUEREEF' project (LIFE06 NAT/DK/000159). The symposium will address the issue of pressure on marine biodiversity in coastal and marine waters around the world.
  • 12-14 March, 2013 Natura 2000 Monitoring Workshop organised by Eurosite & CCW, Swansea
    The workshop will comprise a series of indoor presentations, question and answer opportunities, with optional site visits on the third day.  This event is inclusive and offers important networking opportunities.
  • 19 - 21 March: Training for volunteer coordinators in protected areas: Participants will learn (more) about volunteer management in protected areas, to exchange good practice examples and experiences and to network with volunteer coordinators in parks from all over Europe for potential projects in the future. Weblink

  • 21 March: The uses of apps and new media in protected landscapes, Keeds (UK). With the advent of smart phones and web technology a new set of possibilities has opened up for protected landscapes to provide services to visitors, to carry out their own work and even for fundraising. This seminar will share interesting and innovative examples of the use of Apps from across the protected landscape family. Click here for more details and to register with EAI.

April

  • 29 April - 3 May, 2013: Natural Disturbance - Post-Modern Lessons for Land Managers : Disturbances have been recognized as important to the natural dynamics of ecosystems, particularly in the last two decades. Ecologists are increasingly gaining insights into the importance of these "catastrophes" for natural regeneration, for enhancing biodiversity, for structuring landscapes and for restoring human-altered landscapes to more natural conditions. However, public scepticism towards the acceptance of natural disturbances in forests is still great.

May

  • 21 - 24 May, 2013: The international scientific conference: Mountain protected areas in a changing world: The Krkonoše Mts. National Park Administration is pleased to invite you to attend a conference that will be held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the designation of the first Czech National Park: 50years.krnap.cz
  • 22 – 25 May Green Week Conference 2012 “EVERY DROP COUNTS - The Water Challenge”.
    The 12th edition of Green Week, the biggest annual conference on European environment policy, will take place in Brussels. This year's theme is "Water". http://ec.europa.eu/environment/greenweek/

June

July

  • 8-10 July, 2013 : IFOAM EU’s 7th European Organic Congress, Vilnius, Lithuania: www.ifoam-eu.org

September

  • 11-13 September: European River Restoration Conference, Vienna (A).
    This conference is made possible with the contribution of the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community through the RESTORE project
    http://www.errc2013.eu/

October

You can find more events from the field of protected area management on our online events calendar

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