EUROPARC Conference Workshops

As part of the programme you will have the opportunity to choose one from 12 different participatory workshops. They address various topics and challenges that managers face in their professional life. Put your thinking cap on, as you will not only be observers, but also “contributors”. Workshops are scheduled on Thursday, October 6th.

Workshop 1. Building capacities to manage climate change.

Climate change impacts on forest and marine Protected Areas in different ways. Not surpring, you may think! However, the management repsonses that are required are probably not as dissimilar as they may at first appear. This workshop discusses the types of competencies and management approaches to be developed, applied and adapted for climate challenges. The capacity building projects LIFE ENABLE, which focuses on forest and marine habitats, & LIFE Natur’Adapt will be presented to discuss the types of practical competence-based training that is required for nature now and tomorrow. Want to hear more? Join us, share your experiences and find out how you can build your individual and team capacities to meet the climate change challenges.

Moderated by Neil McIntosh & Sandra Grego – EUROPARC Federation.
#capacitybuilding #climatechange #adaptation #marine

Workshop 2. Deep dive in climate change adaptation methods and tools.

Field experience and research tell us that it is urgent to tackle both nature and climate breakdown. LIFE Natur’Adapt has developed methods and tools to support managers into integrating climate change adaptation in their management practices. In this workshop participants will have a chance to go deeper on the topic and work collectively on the design of a tool box for climate change adaptation.

Moderated by Anne-Cerise Tissot – Coordinatot of LIFE Natur’Adapt project, Réserves Naturelles de France.
#methodology #guidelines #climatechangeadaptation

Workshop 3. Climate change, finance and partnership opportunities?

Climate change is very high on the political agenda. At every level of governance, politicians, authorities and communities are searching for adaptation and mitigation solutions. What if the climate change agenda held a key to unlock the potential of landscape-wide nature conservation and restoration. What if it also held new opportunities for partnerships that secure private finance into protected landscapes at scale? Come and discuss these opportunities with us.

Moderated by James Stuart – Net Zero for Nature, United Kingdom.
#partnership #restoration #privatefinance

Workshop 4. Protected Areas laboratories for climate learning and action.

With this workshop we will explore how Protected Areas can respond to the calls made by young people for climate action. Using interactive and participatory techniques, we will consider how Protected Areas can value and capitalize those energies and ideas. We will explore proposals and initiatives to proactively engage young people in nature conservation and restoration initiatives for climate adaptation. We will also try to identify learning opportunities that Protected Areas can provide to support youth formal education.

Moderated by Jessica Micklem-Kolenić – Youth Officer, EUROPARC Federation.
#youth #climateaction #communityengagement
This workshop is already FULL – please register to another workshop.

Workshop 5. Breaking the ice - how should we talk about climate change adaptation?

A quick look at the news shows us that the topic of climate change can be a “great divider”. Talking about climate change (adaptation) tends to be uncomfortable and even a cause for conflict. So how can we communicate this topic, without overwhelming or alienating stakeholders? What should Protected Area managers consider when talking about climate change adaptation? This highly interactive workshop will look at how we can break down psychological barriers in order to better deal with these conflicting situations in our communications.

Moderated by Esther Bossink – EUROPARC Federation
#communication #communityengagement

Workshop 6. Climate knows no borders.

How cross-border cooperation can support Protected Areas in the adaptation to climate change? We will discuss about the issues, potentials and possible solutions with concrete examples based on Natur’Adapt pilot tests.

Moderated by Stefania Petrosillo/Transboundary Parks Programme Task Force – EUROPARC Federation
#transboundary #cooperation

Workshop 7. Changing climate, changing agriculture.

From new water managment to control of invasive species, climate change obliges us to rethink agriculture practices. In this workshop, we will see concrete examples and will share experiences on how Protected Areas and farmers can be partners in dealing with this new challenge.

Moderated by Joao Cardoso Melo – EUROPARC Agriculture Commission.
#farming #cooperation #climatechangeadpation #communityengagement #restoration

Workshop 8. Engaging stakeholders in marine conservation. Is there a climate change opportunity?

In the Portofino Marine Protected Area, in Italy, climate change is being observed by the municipality, divers and fishermen. Thanks to the vulnerability assessment and the planning for climate change adaptation, the team of the Protected Area have developed new ways to engage the stakeholders to develop adaptation solutions that benefit biodiversity and the community. In this workshop, using this experience , participants will investigate the ins and outs of the climate change adaptation process in a marine environment and the opportunity to change the dynamics with stakeholders?

Moderated by Fernando Pinillos – EUROPARC Federation
#management #climatechange #marine #MPA #marineprotectedarea

Workshop 9. Integrating climate action and biodiversity conservation at a local & regional level.

Climate change is very high on the political agenda. At every level of governance, politicians, authorities and communities are searching for adaptation and mitigation solutions. Often times, climate action and biodiversity conservation work in parallel. What if the climate change agenda held a key to unlock a better integration of both strategies for the benefit of people and nature at a regional level.

This workshop is being developed in collaboration with LIFE Urban Greening Plans

Moderated by Ainhize Butron – IHOBE, Spain, & Etienne Aulotte – Brussels Environment, Belgium.
#regionalgovernace #systemicmanagement #climatechangeadaptation

This workshop is already FULL – please register to another workshop.

Workshop 10. What happens to Ice, happens to Us? The impact of Climate Change on Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas

In recent decades, glaciers around Europe have been retreating at an alarming rate. In southeast Iceland, or across the Alps, glaciers are a major source of economic activity and employment through outdoor sports and tourism. It is also a source of water for communities and ecosystems alike. In this workshop, participants will discuss how vulnerable protected areas we are to these changes and what can we do about them? Specifically, we will focus on how Protected Areas and the sports’ sector can work together to address the climate change challenge on top of the other issues they are facing today such as the carrying capacity, erosion of habitats, …

Moderated by Hrafnhildur AEvarsdottir – Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland and Alberto Robles – European Network of Outdoor Sports.
#climatechange #vulnerability #outdoorssports, #enos #glaciers

Workshop 11. Carbon neutral sustainable destinations. The only way to go?

In this workshop, we will hear and share visions about how sustainable destinations could approach Net-Zero Emissions in all possible dimensions. Adapting mobility, infrastructure, and economic activities will completely change tourism in the next decade. We will also discuss how Sustainable Destinations can anticipate and adapt to these forthcoming changes.

Moderated by Teresa Pastor – EUROPARC Federation
#SustainableTourism #CarbonNeutral

Workshop 12. Connecting people & landscapes in a time of climate change

Landscape connectivity and ecological continuity is known to enhance the health of ecosystems. In light of the climate crisis, there is also a need and an opportunity to involve local communities and to connect people with places in more holistic ways. New ideas and creative actions can help us manage today’s combined climate and ecological crisis.
In this workshop, we will draw on the work, and practical experiences, of the Nature Regional and Landscape Parks (NRL) of Europe. The 900 NRL Parks are the “Living landscapes” of Europe. Through case studies, we will look at how we can improve connectivity ecologically and socially to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

#LandscapeConservation #NatureRegionalParks

This workshop is already FULL – please register to another workshop.