EAI E-news: The latest news from EUROPARC Atlantic Isles and its UK and European network. No. 32, 30th July 2013.
EAI NEWS

Sustainable tourism

A report of the last meeting of EAI's Charter and Sustainable Tourism Network, which focused on the issue of green certification, is now online. Consultation on EAI's methodology for "Charter Part II" is continuing.

We are very pleased to announce that the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is offering all tourism businesses working with certified Charter parks a 10% discount on annual fees as well as waiving the initial registration fee.

Junior Rangers

EAI has published a good practice guide on junior ranger programmes as part of its Youth in Action funded project "Establishing a Young Ranger Network". EAI will be undertaking further activities to develop the network; a number of protected landscapes have started schemes over the past few months.

Volunteering

As part of the EU Grundtvig-funded project Volunteer Management in European Parks, Aled Lewis, Community Warden with the Isle of Anglesey AONB, recently returned from a learning exchange visit to Iceland. Emma Cunningham, Project Officer at the Mourne Heritage Trust, undertakes a visit to Spain in September to study how volunteers are involved in fire prevention activities there.

Coastal and marine

The working group seminar on Marine Planning and Protected Landscapes, to be held on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation, has been scheduled for Thursday 3rd October.

For more details on any aspect of the EAI work programme or how to get involved, please contact Richard Blackman. Up-to-the minute news is published via Twitter @EFAtlanticIsles, which can also be viewed on the EAI website.

FEDERATION NEWS

Health and Protected Areas Working Group

A report of the June meeting of the Federation's working group on Health and Protected Areas held in Edinburgh on 20th and 21st June is now online. EAI members Scottish Natural Heritage, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park contributed along with colleagues from Denmark, Estonia and Finland. Watch this space for more news!

EUROPARC 2013

Registration for EUROPARC 2013 is still open. The event will be held from 9th - 13th October in Debrecen, Hungary, hosted by the Hortobagy National Park. It is focusing on protected area management under the title of "40 Years Working for Nature".

EUROPARC CONSULTING NEWS

An experience to treasure: Evaluating “Our Land”

In October 2012 EUROPARC Consulting was extremely pleased to accept a contract to evaluate the project “Our Land – Experiences to Treasure”. The task involved assessing the project delivery to date and making recommendations to ensure its continued success. The Final Report for the project has since been completed and passed on to the project partners.

Our Land and subsequent work on the COOL Tourism Interreg project has greatly increased the company’s expertise and knowledge of Britain’s AONBs. At one point EUROPARC Consulting was delighted to be co-operating closely with nine AONBs across the south of England and a total of 15 protected landscapes in England alone.

PUBLICATIONS

The value of Scotland's National Parks

The Scottish National Parks Sector Review, published by Visit Scotland, has shown that the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Parks contributed £243 million to the country's economy in 2012.

The value of AONBs

An assessment of The Value of AONB Partnerships, prepared by Land Use Consultants, highlights the importance and value of AONBs to rural economies.

A green economy in Europe

The EEA has published a new report Towards a Green Economy in Europe, which provides an overview of policies and targets in EU environmental policy through to 2050.

LEED Toolkit

A local environment and economic development toolkit has been published, produced by a Defra-led network of organisations; it's aimed particularly at Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and at strengthening environmental information and embedding the environment in strategic plans for economic growth.

National AONB conference

The National Association of AONBs held its annual conference earlier this month in Ipswich on the theme of water management. All the presentations and interviews with the speakers are available on their conference website.

Bees

Defra's policy paper on the health and value of bees and other pollinators outlines current and proposed policies and initiatives to support bees.

Butterflies

The EEA has published its comprehensive report The European Grassland Butterfly Indicator, 1990-2011. It records a dramatic decline in numbers.

CONSULTATIONS

Protected Landscapes in Wales

The Welsh Government has announced a consultation on its draft policy statement for protected landscapes in Wales. Deadline to respond is 20th September.

England East Marine Plan

The Marine Management Organisation has published draft marine plans for the seas from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe. It has also announced a consultation on them that runs until 8th October.

POLICY NEWS

New LIFE Regulation

European Union institutions have reached agreement on a new LIFE Regulation for the period 2014-2020 and it now awaits formal adoption later this year.

DIARY DATES

29 July - 4 August
UK ANPA National Parks Week, across Great Britain

2-5 September
EUROPARC Federation Siggen Seminar, Siggen, Germany

17-18 September
Liverpool Hope Univ & EUCC conference, Coastal cliffs and lake bluffs, Llandudno

25-26 September
Eurosite annual meeting, Miedzyzydroje, Poland

25-27 September
ANPA conference 'Landscape at Heart', North York Moors National Park

3 October
EAI seminar with MMO, "Marine Planning and Protected Landscapes", London

9-13 October
EUROPARC 2013, Debrecen, Hungary

8 November
Green Tourism Business Scheme conference, GTBS, Bristol

20 November
EAI Training seminar: Protected Landscapes and Prosperous Rural Economies, Venue tbc

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Biffa Award
2013 Flagship Scheme: Rebuilding Biodiversity, or Cultural Facilities. Deadline: 20.08.13

Creative Scotland
Traditional Arts Commissioning Fund. Deadline: 02.09.13

EC Eco-Innovation
Call for proposals. Deadline: 05.09.13

North East England
NE England Tourism Awards. Deadline: 06.09.13

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Travelling fellowships. Deadline: 24.09.13

Vodafone Foundation
Mobile for Good Europe Awards. Apps. Deadline: 15.10.13

Weir Charitable Trust
For Scotland's communities, including culture and recreation. Four deadlines each year.

Heritage Lottery Fund
Sharing Heritage programme. Applications at any time.
Heritage Enterprise Fund. Applications at any time.

Business Wales Growth Fund
New support available for Energy and Environment SMEs in Wales. First come, first served.

Scottish Land Fund
For rural communities in Scotland to become sustainable. Scheme runs until November 2014.

Paths for Communities
Natural England has launched its Paths for Communities funding scheme for Public Rights of Way. Scheme runs until March 2014

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EAI is very grateful to NRW and SNH for their project grant funding.
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