Set-up program

The continuous, substantive binding line for all activities is how these subjects relate to the theme, ‘Tribute to our landscape, where nature and people meet in harmony’. This will be explored throughout the Conference in all planned sessions and activities – for example:

  • Keynote speakers: inspiring, international speakers will provoke ideas and thoughts about the meaning of landscapes and explore current transitions around climate, health and sustainable development. Time will be given for discussion, questions and interactions with Conference participants.
  • Inspiration sessions (workshops): a range of interactive and participative inspiration sessions, on subjects directly related to the relationships between landscapes, nature and people, will be organised. These sessions will include case-studies drawn from protected areas and National, Regional and Landscape Parks across Europe (such as the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea). Each session will be led by experienced individuals from different countries. In collaboration with participating young people, three main conclusions from each session will be presented during the final day to be incorporated to the ‘Conference Statement’ (see below).
  • Fieldtrips: benefiting from the conference location, a range of field trips will be organised to link with examples related to the conference theme. Each trip will be inspiring and FUN and enable participants to learn and also share their experiences. During the outward journey to National Parks and sites located in and around the Wadden Sea area, interpretive guidance about landscape features will be provided by students.
  • Market Place: here, Europe’s Protected Areas/National Parks and participating partners have opportunities to share their work and projects. In 2021 everyone attending the conference can sign up for the Market Place. A limited number of places will be available and preference will be given to those presenting subjects and work related to the conference theme.
  • Statement: we intend to conclude with a ‘Conference Statement’. The goal of our statement will be to reflect:
    • Action points and challenges for ourselves – EUROPARC Federation, Protected Areas, National, Regional and Landscape Parks
    • Points of attention and action for policymakers about the important meaning of Protected Areas for our society.

Throughout the conference there will be lots of space for networking.

At the same time, specific attention will be given to the involvement of young people: as well as being integral to the whole conference, they will also have their own ‘special moments’!

Monday, October 4 2021

13.00-17.00 Europarc Council Meeting On invitation
13.00-17.00 Youth program (in preparation) Youth program

Tuesday, October 5 2021

10.00-12.00 Meeting Europarc Council and section chairs On invitation
10.00-12.00 Outdoor nature experience sessions Youth program
13.00-14.30 General Assembly On invitation
14.30-15.00 Break  
15.00-18.00 General Assembly including Council Elections On invitation
18.00-21.30 Market Place (dinner on Market Place)  

Wednesday, October 6 2021

09.30-10.45 Opening (by the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) and keynote speakers  
10.45-11.15 Break  
11.15-12.30 Keynote speakers  
12.30-14.00 Lunch  
14.00-17.00 Inspiration sessions (including break) Own choice
18.00-21.30 Market Place (dinner on Market Place)  

Thursday, October 7 2021

08.00-17.30 Fieldtrips (variable times of departure) Own choice
17.30-19.30 Dinner in Lemmer  
20.00-21.30 Cultural Event at Woudagemaal Lemmer, Unesco World Heritage  

Friday, October 8 2021

09.00-10.00 Section meetings  
10.00-11.00 Inspirations session (round 1) Own choice
11.00-11.30 Break  
11.30-12.30 Inspirations session (round 2) Own choice
12.30-14.00 Lunch  
14.00-15.00 Plenary completion meeting / statement  
15.00-15.30 Break  
15.30-17.30 Award Ceremony  
19.00-21.30 Closing dinner  
21.30-00.00 Farewell party  
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