Past seminars

Most recent: New Ways of Funding Protected areas


In the present financial climate all those involved in protected areas are having to look at new ways of funding their activities and developments.  This Europarc Atlantic Isles (EAI) event explored how we can work together and with new partners to find new income sources. The event  challenged our thinking about generating income.The event also looked at how we can continue to work and share learning and experiences with the wider Europarc family and continue active involvement in the Europarc Federation prior to the federations General Assembly and elections

Presentations were made by:

Professor Lynn Crowe

Andrew Denton CEO of Outdoor Industries Association

Mark Holroyd – Board member of National Parks Partnership

In the afternoon Anita Prosser preseneted the work of Europarc Atlantic Isles and the Federation

Notes from the meeting will follow soon

Previous seminars

Our previous training seminar was’The Uses of Apps and New Media in Protected Landscapes

The day started with Karen Griffiths from the Yorkshire Dales National Park presenting an exciting overview of the park’s work in developing smartphone apps.

This was followed by a lively presentation from Anneleen Mengels in the Hoge Kempen Nationaal Park in Belgium examining the subject of digital payback.

Jan Wildefeld from EUROPARC Deutschland demonstrated superbly how web technology is being used to interest children in the work of protected areas and park rangers. The first part of his presentation can be found here.

Sarah West of the Stockholm Environment Institute, York, gave an inspiring outline of many tools in the field of citizen science relevant to conservation.

These presentations were followed up in workshops enabling participants to explore possibilities in greater depth:

Richard Hammond of Greentraveller gave insights into the use of video and social media to promote sustainable tourism in protected landscapes. (Link to be added)

Dan Boys of Audiotrails led a group through the steps of producing a smartphone app in the field of heritage interpretation. You can also test your apps knowledge with Dan’s smartphone quiz.

David Aanensen of Imperial College, London demonstrated the uses of EpiCollect as a model for data gathering in biodiversity and other fields. (Link to be added)

Protect and Prosper – Optimising the economic benefits of designated landscapes’, held in Oxford on 10 February 2011.

  • Seminar Report can be accessed here.

The presentations of the four keynote speakers can also be downloaded:

Managing Landscapes: more outcomes, less outputs?, Edinburgh, 3-4 November 2009

Seminar report


Naturally Better – how protected landscapes can help deliver health and wellbeing outcomes, Wallingford, 26 March 2009

Seminar report


Presentations available:

Charlie Foster (Senior Researcher, University of Oxford), Green Space, physical activity and public health

Claus Jespersen (Director of Regional Office, Danish Forest and Nature Agency), Nature as an attractive sector for the preventative health sector.

Thomas Classen (Bielefeld School of Public Health), Nature conservation and preventative health protection in Germany – a strong partnership?


Beyond Boundaries – protected areas, cities and the European Landscape Convention, London, 26-27 January 2009

Seminar report


Making sustainable tourism a foundation of the rural economy, Belfast, 23-24 October 2008

Seminar report


Protected Areas in the 21st Century – what does the future hold? Cardiff, 27-28 March 2008

Seminar report


Community Engagement and Protected Areas: what works, and what you need to do, Newcastle, 1-2 November 2007

Presentations available on request.


Climate Change and Protected Areas, Kings College, Cambridge, March 2007

Click here for the summary.


Renewable energy in protected areas with a European perspective, Bath, 31 January – 1 February 2006

Seminar report