How to manage an international group of volunteers, meeting in the middle of nowhere, in pure wilderness, all of them willing to do something they never have done before? This is a very different context for managing volunteers than Stephanie Schubert (EUROPARC Germany) and Heike Kirchner (Junior Ranger Assistant) at the biosphere reserve Rhön) are […]
EUROPARC Cunsulting has delivered a study about the impact of volunteering in European protected areas. This study has demonstrated that both volunteers and volunteer co-ordinators see substantial benefits in volunteering in protected areas. These benefits accrue both to the volunteers themselves, to the protected areas in which they work, and to the communities in and […]
Baiba Bekiša from the Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia was visiting the Lower Saxonian section of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve ‘Flusslandschaft Elbe’ (Elbe River Landscape) for five days in May 2013. The staff member of the Latvian Agency got a general overview and impression about the management of the riverine Biosphere Reserve and introduced the […]
With the July newsletter of EUROPARC Federation, which is sent to about 2,000 recipients, the substantive focus was on the topic of volunteering in European protected areas. Several contributions could be delivered throughout products of the EU-Project „Voluhnteer Management in European Parks“. Concurrent, EUROPARC Germany has taken advantage of the possibility to express its thankfulness […]
How to develop a volunteer project? How to use the volunteers‘ motivation and to create even more motivation? How to plan and conduct training courses for volunteer coordinators? Tony Newby and Adam Slater (The Conservation Volunteers, UK) have led 25 volunteer coordinators out of eight countries through these topics, and even more. By a lot […]
The Guidelines are a crucial contribution to reach the aim of European good quality volunteer management in European parks. They will be tested by selected protected areas and cover topics like „expressed commitment“, „appropriate resources“, „recruiting volunteers“ and more: Guidelines
During two intense days, the project partners worked on further project development and set up a plan of action for the remaining ten months of the project. Many new country coordinators and a representative of the so called „silent partner“ EUROPARC Nordic-Baltic Section from Mätsahallitus, Finland, form the new project team.
Karolis Kuodys, who works for the Lithuanian State Parks and Reserves, is visiting the North York Moors National Park (UK) in order to exchange knowledge and experience about volunteer management and about how to engage communities in protected area management.
The motto of ths year’s EUROPARC Federation Conference serves perfectly the field of volunteer management in protected areas: „(Re)Connecting Society with Biodiversity. (Re)Connecting people with nature, (re)connecting nature with nature, (re)connecting business with biodiversity, (re)connecting policy with practice.“ Together with Ewoud L’Amiral, Naturpuunt (Belgian environmental NGO, which coordinates 2.500 volunteers who do professional volunteer management), […]