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Seminars, meetings & events

Our seminars
Every year, seminars are held within the EUROPARC Nordic-Baltic Section. The topics are chosen by our members and the seminars are organised by a member organisation in collaboration with the section coordination. The seminars are primarily open to EUROPARC members, however external guests are welcome if spaces are available. 

The EUROPARC Nordic-Baltic Section and EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Section have come together to co-operate on a series of webinars that share some common challenges faced in our protected areas and landscapes.
We are organising a 2-part webinar linked to impacts of COVID-19 on the desire of more of the public to access nature and the outdoors, particularly protected areas and some of the management issues arising from that, and another webinar on the challenges of managing waste in protected areas.
The webinars will have presentations from members of both sections.

 

Joint webinars with EUROPARC Nordic-Baltic and EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Sections

The EUROPARC Nordic-Baltic Section and EUROPARC Atlantic Isles Section have come together to co-operate on a series of webinars that share some common challenges faced in our protected areas and landscapes.

We are organising a 2-part webinar linked to impacts of COVID-19 on the desire of more of the public to access nature and the outdoors, particularly protected areas and some of the management issues arising from that, and another webinar on the challenges of managing waste in protected areas.

The webinars will have presentations from members of both sections.

 

Impacts of COVID-19 on the desire of more of the public to access nature and the outdoors.

Part 1 Thursday 6th May - 11.00 (GMT) 12.00 (BST) 13.00 (CEST) 14.00 (EEST)

Looking at solutions of overcrowding in certain areas, particularly managing car parking and use of facilities in hot spots and the need for safe distancing.

A parking pilot in Nuuksio National Park in Finland

Carina Wennström, Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland. Nuuksio National Park is a periurban national park close to the Metropolitan area of Helsinki in Finland. The steadily increasing visitor numbers have caused overcrowding of parking spaces. For this reason, a camera-based parking system was tested.

Covid: lessons learnt on visitor management.

Helen Pye, Head of Engagement at Snowdonia National Park Authority will talk about the key issues faced by the National Park during the Covid pandemic and how the Authority stepped up to the challenge. From fly-camping and increased littering to parking and transport problems. Helen will share how the Park was affected and what new measures and approaches they have taken in Wales. 

Dealing with overcrowding in the Peak District National Park – tbc

 

Impacts of COVID-19 on the desire of more of the public to access nature and the outdoors.

Part 2 Wednesday 26th May- 11.00 (GMT) 12.00 (BST) 13.00 (CEST) 14.00 (EEST)

How to help people once in protected areas, especially those new to protected areas to respect the protected area and its values.

“Outdoor Etiquette” – how to talk about visitor guidelines and increase the respect for nature in times of a pandemic?

Sini Salmirinne, Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in visitation in the Finnish national parks. There were new user groups not familiar with outdoor etiquette. We organised a special campaign to tell the new visitors how to conduct themselves in nature with a positive message and a strong visual image.

Cairngorms National Park tbc Refresh of the countryside code.

Adelle Rowe People and Nature Team, Natural England. 70 years on from its original publication and with more people than ever enjoying the outdoors the code has been revised to help people enjoy countryside in a safe and respectful way.

 

Managing Waste in protected Areas

Friday 18th June - 11.00 (GMT) 12.00 (BST) 13.00 (CEST) 14.00 (EEST)

Managing waste of all types in protected areas and how to manage signage and information to encourage appropriate behaviour especially to those new to the outdoors.

Nik Turner Behaviour Change Manager Dealing with Litter in Loch Lomond and Trossachs NP

Toilet Waste Management in the Wilderness

Pekka Sulkava, Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland. Toilet waste management has been under active development in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park in Northern Lapland, Finland for 15 years. Waste management development aims for proper processing of waste in northern roadless environment where there are nearly 150 000 visitors annually.

Implementation of campaign "Welcome to Nature. But leave no waste!" in Protected Areas in Latvia

Agnese Balandiņa, Nature Conservation Agency, Manager of Ķemeri National Park Nature Education Centre. Despite various efforts to improve the situation, waste still remains a problem in a number of nature trails, especially those with high visitor numbers. To promote the idea of taking any rubbish with you while in nature as a normal everyday practice, Nature Conservation Agency has been implementing informative campaign "Welcome to Nature. But leave no waste" for several years. The presentation gives an insight to what has been done and what are the impacts so far, including the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased pressure on nature areas due to the pandemic.

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