Keynote Speakers

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!

Ladislav Miko

Ladislav Miko

Is a Slovak environmental expert and politician. Former Minister of Environment in the Czech Republic in 2009, he later returned to work for the European Commission. In years 2011-2017 he served as the Deputy Director General of Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANCO) with responsibilities for the food chain. From January 2018 he was appointed as a Head of EU Representation in Slovakia. Ladislav will make the link between policy and nature conservation. + info.

Dr. George Holmes
Dr. George Holmes

Dr. George Holmes

Is a Associate Professor of Conservation and Society at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom. His research is focused on conservation and conservationists, and the interaction between Protected Areas and local communities on two ways: how conservation regulations may affect local people’s lives and livelihoods and how local people can in turn shape protected area policies to their own liking. + info.

Frans Schepers

Frans Schepers

Is a co-founder and Managing Director of Rewilding Europe since 2011. Graduated in forestry, land and water management, he took various positions in nature conservation, starting in Dutch government . From 2000-2014 he worked at WWF Netherlands as responsible for international conservation programmes. He is specialised in rewilding large landscapes, in particular in Africa, Europe and Central Asia. During the Conference he will speak about practical rewilding in Europe and how it can be achieved. + info.

Participate in the survey of “The Future of Conservation”

This survey will allow you to ponder different factors that affect the way we approach conservation and that influence its potential success in the future. From involving corporations, prioritising human wellbeing, the impact that conservation actions have, the involvement of different social sectors, the influence of economy, etc… the different perception of these factors is very important to find integrated solutions for conservation. Take the survey and find out what are some of the great challenges of preserving our natural heritage!

The answers of this survey will be discusse by Dr. Holmes during his keynote speech.