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The EUROPARC Federation is the network for Europe’s natural and cultural heritage. Created by our members, the Federation works, to improve the management of Protected Areas in Europe through international cooperation, exchange of ideas and experience, and by influencing policy

EuroparcEUROPARC Conference 2018

It’s the key event of the year for those working in Europe’s Protected Areas and in 2018 the EUROPARC Conference is coming to the Cairngorms National Park.

The announcement was made last week to the 300 delegates from 37 countries, at the 2017 conference in Portugal. The theme will be ‘European Parks: Inspired by the Next Generation’ and with 2018 designated as the ‘Year of Young People’ in Scotland, it makes the Cairngorms a fitting place to host the conference.

Around 300 delegates from across Europe will meet together at the Aviemore Highland resort in September 2018 and plans are being drawn up for a Youth Festival to run alongside the main event.

The main conference will focus on what Parks can learn from young people and what changes need to be made to manage protected areas for future generations. The conference will call for young people to be more involved in decision making, volunteering, working and living in Parks.

“It is fantastic to be hosting the EUROPARC conference in 2018 and we look forward to welcoming delegates from across Europe to this spectacular area. It is a great opportunity to showcase the Park and be inspired by young people from across Europe.” Peter Argyle, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA)

“The Cairngorms National Park is a stunning landscape and we look forward to bringing our European delegates to engage with young people. With an inspirational theme chosen for the conference, we really look to what the hundreds of Parks and Protected areas across Europe can do to deliver for future generations.” Ignace Schops, President of the EUROPARC Federation

“The EUROPARC conference is set to be a very exciting addition to the Year Young People 2018 and Aviemore is the perfect location. The Cairngorms National Park will inspire young people from across Europe to take the lead and create thriving protected areas of outstanding natural beauty across the continent.” Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot

European Parks: Inspired by the next generation will take place 18-21 September 2018

Visit the EUROPARC 2018 Website

Head on over to our EUROPARC 2018 website and view the whole programme of events, talks, field trips, workshops and more.

We have a fantastic range of speakers coming to the conference each with a wide range of expertise and knowledge in their field, from Richard Louv the best selling author of the book Last Child into the Woods to Karen Keenleyside Vice Chair for People and Parks with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas.

Visit the website to book conference tickets, select your field trips and workshops, book accomodation and find out more about EUROPARC and the Cairngorms National Park!

We look forward to welcoming you all in September!


Year Of Young People 2018

The conference will bring together young people from across Europe to learn from and inspire each other, and during the conference a delegation will launch a youth manifesto.