The EUROPARC Federation represents Europe's protected areas.
Nature knows no boundaries and we therefore facilitate international co-operation in all aspects of protected area management to further and improve and conserve our shared natural inheritance. We endeavour to exchange expertise, experience and best practise as well as to collaborate with others to ensure the value and meaning of protected areas is at the heart of Europe.
Europe's protected areas - its national parks, nature parks, and biosphere reserves and N2000sites - play a vital role in safeguarding the continent's nature, its wildlife and landscapes. They protect Europe's most special places: relatively untouched landscapes, as well as those which have been shaped by centuries of man's interaction with the land. They offer refuge to the species and ecosystems which represent the very basis of future life. And they help to preserve the natural beauty of Europe in all its variety for us to experience and enjoy. They are our life-support system
Helping protected areas to fulfil this role, encouraging cooperation and exchange between protected area staff, and promoting their aims and work across Europe is the purpose of the EUROPARC Federation. We fulfil our aims though a large variety of activitiesall described on our website www.europarc.org
Alfred-Toepfer-Scholarship and Alfred-Toepfer-Medal
The EUROPARC Federation, founded in 1973, and we represents 400 members who themselves represent protected area staff and stakeholders
We produce a number of publications on topics effecting protected area management:'Living Parks: 100 Years of National Parks in Europe', EUROPARC magazine "Protected Areas Insight", monthly eNews