EUROPARC Conference 2013

This year´s annual conference will be hosted by the Hortobágy National Park and will take place in Debrecen, Hungary and the Hortobágy National Park from October 9-13, 2013.

The theme of the conference is “40 years Working for Nature”.

EUROPARC Federation is celebrating its achievements since its creation in 1973 in Switzerland. In that very same year, the Hortobágy National Park was founded being the largest continuous natural grassland in Europe. The Hortobágy National Park, established in 1973 is the country’s largest protected area of 82 thousand hectares. Hortobágy has outstanding landscape features and is a unique example of the harmonic coexistence of people and nature based on the considerate use of the land, maintaining great biological variety in respect of species and habitats. The Hortobágy National Park has been inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO on the 1st of December in 1999 in the category of cultural landscapes, since the Hortobágy Puszta have been used by humans for grazing their domestic animals for more than two millennia.

At the conference, participants from across Europe will not only celebrate the “40 years Working for Nature” but also look into the future of protected areas management in a more and more uniting Europe. Programmes such as the cross-border PA management of TransParkNet, the environmental youth education via the Junior Ranger programme and camps, the Volunteer Management in Protected Areas as much as the growing network of the parks working under the Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, are outstanding achievements building the very base for EUROPARC members´ activities.

A special focus will be given on integrated management of protected areas and experts from this field will share their experiences in workshops, on field trips and in presentations.

Check EUROPARC´s Facebook and Twitter @EUROPARC as well as this website for regular updates!

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