Speakers Corner

In the morning of October 7, we are opening our stage to Conference Delegates. In the programme, a one-hour session is open to participants to come and shine a light on their work. The goal is to increase awareness about our members’ work and facilitate networking amongst our community.

Concretely, Conference Delegates are welcome to present the highlights of their project in a 5 minutes/3 slides format on the main (online) stage. Presentations must be made in English. Please note that this offer is exclusively opened to Conference Delegates. The online form to request a spot for Speakers’ Corner will be shared with you in the confirmation email after registration.

Speakers Corner Programme

Presentation Title Abstract  Speaker Position & Organisation Country
Net Zero with Nature. The UK’s National Parks are implementing the ‘Net Zero With Nature’ strategy which defines how the National Parks can play a vital role in fighting climate change and the biodiversity crisis. Central to this is a target to leverage at least £240 million of private finance into nature based solutions within National Park settings by 2030. Naomi will talk about action the UK National Parks are taking now to deliver against this ambitious strategy. Naomi Conway. Development Director, National Parks Partnerships. United Kingdom.
Lake District National Park carbon budgeting and net zero. A summary of how we use a carbon budget to inform how we create strategies, prioritise interventions and projects to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Tim Duckmanton. Team Leader for Strategy and Environment – Lake District National Park Authority. United Kingdom.
Sen-Eye: Autonomous wildfire detection service. Sen-Eye is an AI based wildfire detection system which can be deployed on any type of IP camera. It also has the capabilities of being deployed in remote areas where no power nor connectivity is at hand. Rolf Waerzeggers. Product manager – Senhive. Belgium.
NAT:KIT – A toolkit for bike visitor management in Protected Areas.
The NAT:KIT project aims at developing, testing and spreading best practice in bike visitor management together with three German protected area – the Bavarian Forest National Park, the Nature Park Ammergauer Alpen and the Geo-Nature Park Bergstraße-Odenwald. Partners are producing a toolkit of analytical, communication, intervention and monitoring measures. Nico Graaff. General Manager – Mountain Bike Tourism Forum Germany. Germany.
Rangers – Nature’s heroes and the troubles they face. Rangers are the unsung heroes of conservation, working tirelessly to protect our earth and the biodiversity in it.  Their role is often underfunded, dangerous and ignored in conservation and climate policies. Force For Nature is a forward-thinking social and environmental enterprise committed to preserving nature and the value it brings to humanity, by supporting wildlife Rangers and those at the forefront of environmental protection. Jemima Lomax. Ranger Community Coordinator – Force For Nature. United Kingdom.
Observadores del Mar: a marine conservation citizen science platform. “Observadores del Mar” is a marine citizen science platform launched in 2012 devoted to enhancing the understanding of the conservation status of marine ecosystems. The platform hosts different projects reporting information on two main topics: i) biodiversity data focusing mainly on species distribution and abundance, and ii) the impacts of anthropogenic activities, including both the occurrence of episodic events (e.g. jellyfish blooms) and associated mid- to long-term changes (e.g. colonization of invasive species). Joaquim Garrabou. Coordinator of Observadores del Mar – Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Marine Science Institute. Spain.
Dugout boats – intangible heritage of Soomaa national park, Estonia. The expanded dugout boat has been an irreplaceable means of transport for locals who would not have been able to move otherwise during the floods of Soomaa national park, i.e. in the fifth season. In spring 2020 March 19, Estonia’s minister of culture signed the application to nominate “Building and use of expanded dugout boat in Soomaa region” to UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding. The decision on inscribing dugout boat culture of Soomaa into the global list will be made by UNESCO at the end of 2021. Aivar Ruukel. Nature guide – Sooma National Park. Estonia.
Supporting the implementation of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in protected areas – the SDG.imp learning platform. With the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, Protected Areas are challenged to promote sustainable management on a broad basis in order to live up to their claim of being a model region for sustainable development. The presentation gives an overview of the results of the Erasmus+ project SDG.imp to help decision makers in Protected Areas to contribute to the SDGs and numerous good examples of how European Protected Areas are already contributing to the implementation of the SDGs. Christoph Mathias. Researcher – Institute for Rural Development Research. Germany.
Transboundary Parks: following nature’s design. A short presentation of EUROPARC Transboundary Parks Programme initiative. It is a verification and certification system that aims to promote and facilitate transboundary cooperation between European Protected Areas.There are currently 11 certified cross-border areas. They include 23 parks that share ideas, best practices, projects and benefits. This is an extraordinary opportunity for all protected areas that are close to a border. Stefano Santi. Director – Prealpi Giulie Nature Park. Italy.

How are applications selected?

As the enthusiasm of our members is generally unlimited and the number of presentation slots limited, a selection might be needed. Here is how it will be done:

  • Applications will be selected by the Federation’s team to create a good cross-representation of projects covering the different aspects of Protected Area management.
  • The speaker’s corner is open to the EUROPARC Federation’s members in priority.