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EUROPARC Youth Manifesto Project

Helping to shape the future of wild places across Europe

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EUROPARC Youth Manifesto goes live!

After months of hard work and travelling, the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto was finally launched at the EUROPARC Conference in the Cairngorms National Park on Friday 21st September.

The call to action was put out by the 50+ young people who brought the manifesto to fruition asking for organisations and communities to engage with their young people to create new opportunities for living, learning and working in rural communities and protected areas.

You can find the full EUROPARC Youth Manifesto document at the link below:

Download the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto here

Young people are the future of Protected Areas in Europe; you are the decision-makers of tomorrow. It is important you are given the opportunity to consider how the present management of our environment will affect you, so you can express your thoughts and get involved in the issues that will impact you in the future.

In collaboration with the following partners –

  • EUROPARC Federation
  • Cairngorms LAG
  • Rieska LEADER, Finland
  • Keskipeste LEADER, Finland
  • Ravakka LEADER, Finland
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Young Scot

The Cairngorms National Park Authority has lead on a project to develop a Youth Manifesto that outlines the ways in which protected areas, environmental organisations and rural communities can meaningfully engage young people in their activities to safeguard the future stewardship of our natural heritage and to retain young people living, learning and working in the rural environment and communities.

The manifesto details and outlines opportunities across a number of areas such as:

  • Training, employment and support.
  • Transport, facilities and social opportunities.
  • Housing.
  • Natural and Cultural Heritage.
  • Learning.
  • Building community capacity and Governance of community organisations.
  • Coordination and Communications.

In line with the Year of Young People 2018 co-design  principles, the project features 30 young people aged 16-25 from across Europe who have been involved in community, protected area, youth or nature programmes who came together to share knowledge and co-design the manifesto. Young people from a wide range of backgrounds were based within the Cairngorms area.

The project will run for two years and involve the following elements:

  • May 21-25 – Knowledge sharing event and Youth Manifesto planning workshop in the Cairngorms.
  • June 17-21 – Youth Manifesto planning workshop in Finland.
  • September 18-21 – Attendance at the EUROPARC Conference 2018 in the Cairngorms National Park to present the Youth Manifesto.
  • Innovation and planning workshop in the Cairngorms.
  • 3 innovative community partnership projects for young people to be planned in second year of project.


For more information, contact Alan Smith, Outdoor Learning Officer at the Cairngorms National Park Authority.

01479 870518   —  [email protected] — follow on Twitter  @CairngormsOL  —  Instagram @cairngormsnationalpark 

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We would like to hear from you!

If you do create a project inspired by the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto we’d really love to hear about it!

Email brief details of your project to [email protected]

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