EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Author Petar Stavrev
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 12 pm
The Information Centre Pelister
EUROPARC Federation currently represents some 400 members. These include protected areas, governmental departments, NGO’s and businesses in 35 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe’s land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavour to exchange expertise, experience and best practise as well as to collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.
The Voice of Europe’s Protected Areas
We represent some 400 members in 35 countries, who themselves manage the green jewels of Europe’s land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers and cultural heritage. Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavor to exchange expertise, experience and best practice as well as collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.
In 2013, the Federation is celebrating its anniversary “40 years Working for Nature”.
EUROPARC was founded in 1973 under the official title “Federation of Nature and National Parks of Europe”, and has since grown to become the recognized, professional organization for European protected areas. An independent, non-governmental organization, its membership brings together the organizations responsible for the management of most of Europe’s protected areas. Yet the Federation is also very much a network of people: those whose daily task is to take care of these special areas, and who combine forces within EUROPARC to achieve their common goals.
The key aims of the EUROPARC Federation are:
Promote good practice in the management of protected areas
Facilitate the establishment of new protected areas
Raise the profile of protected areas as a vital means of safeguarding many of the continent’s most valuable natural heritage assets, and thereby to increase support for their future protection
Influence the future development of public policies and programmes, especially with the European Union, to the benefit of protected areas’ objectives.
Working for the Protected Areas of Europe
Europe’s protected areas – its national parks, nature parks, and biosphere reserves – play a vital role in safeguarding the continent’s nature, its wildlife and landscapes. They protect Europe’s most special places: relatively untouched landscapes, as well as those which have been shaped by centuries of man’s interaction with the land. They offer refuge to the species and ecosystems which represent the very basis of future life. And they help to preserve the natural beauty of Europe in all its variety for us to experience and enjoy. They are our life-support system
Helping protected areas to fulfil this role, encouraging cooperation and exchange between protected area staff, and promoting their aims and work across Europe is the purpose of the EUROPARC Federation.