You work for a protected area as payed or volunteer park staff and are interested in transboundary exchange?
EUROPARC Germany supports professionals and volunteers in European protected areas in exchanging knowhow and competencies and in building up international cooperation. The project “international exchange of competences of players in protected areas” (ANNIKA) focusses on international study trips of approximately six participants – payed and volunteer park staff – that treat the following subjects:
- Education for sustainable development (e.g. Junior Ranger)
- Regional development and sustainable tourism (e.g. touristic partners, voluntourism)
- Inclusion of people with disabilities (e.g. accessibility, volunteers with disabilities)
- Park Management (e.g. quality standards, evaluations)
The overall topic will be volunteer management, i.e. the question “how do we involve volunteers in the activities of parks in a professional way?”.
The program of the study trip consists of lectures, workshops and field trips. They will give you the opportunity to gain insight into best practice examples of the parks visited and to share your experience and knowledge with experts on site. The project aims to give you the unique possibility to learn from each other and to work together on new ideas and strategies. Your home protected area will directly benefit from the knowledge and experience you will gain through the study trip. In addition, the study trip enables you to establish a long-term relationship and cooperation with other European parks.
At the end of the project the experiences, lessons learned and outcomes will be summarized by the participants in a bilingual publication and discussed in a conference.
The following study trips for European park staff are being offered in 2017:
- „Regional development and tourism in protected areas“: Wadden Sea National Park and Mueritz National Park, Germany, 14 – 18 May 2017 (application closed)
- „Education for Sustainable Development in protected areas“: Harz National Park and Schorfheide-Chorin Biosphere Reserve, Germany, 19 – 23 July 2017 (application deadline 15 May 2017)
- “Alternative funding strategies for protected areas”: MoorFutures, Barnim Nature Park and EUROPARC Germany Head Office, 10-14 October 2017 (application deadline 15 May 2017)
For detailed programs and application forms of the study trips offered in 2017, see links on right column.
The following study trips have already been realized:
Photos: © K. Sabry