As can be expected from a EUROPARC Conference, we will have stimulating Keynote Speakers to set the tone for the conference. They will consider, from differing perspectives, how the Parks and Protected Areas community need to respond to this spotlight they are under!

James Stuart

James is the Director at One Planet Consulting, Chair of Education Partnership North East, Convener Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and Non-Exec. Participants will benefit from his expertise in complex stakeholder engagement, strategy development & risk management. James will share his views and discuss to what extent the climate change agenda might hold a key to unlock the potential of landscape-wide nature conservation and restoration through new opportunities for partnerships and finance. + info.

Ignace Schops

Ignace Schops is a Belgian environmentalist, a biodiversity, landscaping & herpetology expert. He is Director of the Belgian NGO Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland (RLKM), and was the President of the EUROPARC Federation,until 2021 and a full member of the EU chapter of the Club of Rome.

Ignace will share his inspiring views with participants and his long-standing experience on the challenges and opportunities that climate change holds for Protected Areas. + info.