Living together. Biodiversity and Human Activites: A Challenge for the Future of Protected Areas

14 July 2010 | News story

Registration has now opened for the annual EUROPARC Conference. From 29th September to 3rd October 2010 ambassadors from Europe’s protected areas and nature protection organisation will come together in Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park in Italy for this year’s EUROPARC Conference ‘Living together. Biodiversity and Human Activites: A Challenge for the Future of Protected Areas’.

In 2010 the conference marks the International Year of Biodiversity. Participants will enjoy contributions from a plethora of great speakers: Sarrat Gidda, Convention for Biological Diversity; Harvey Locke, Vice President of Wild Foundation; Carlo Petrini President of Slow Food International; Jon Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, USA; and Ladislav Miko, Director of Nature Directorate, DG Environment, European Commission; Dr Hans Friederich, IUCN Regional Director for Pan-Europe.

The four day conference, hosted by the national park, also includes fantastic workshops, exciting excursions in the surrounding area and other informative features, all of which highlight elements of the above theme. In addition it offers attendees the chance to meet colleagues and to network with like minded people in the field of protected area management and nature protection.

Registration and more information are accessible at www.parcoabruzzo.it/europarc2010.

The conference will open officially on Wednesday 29th of September with prominent local and national Italian politicians and speeches from EUROPARC President Erika Stanciu and Deanne Adams, the President of the International Ranger Federation.

The EUROPARC Federation (www.europarc.org) is committed to the protection and promotion of Europe’s protected areas and all they offer. We are the foremost and largest NGO representing European protected areas, uniting national parks, regional parks, nature parks and biosphere reserves in 36 countries, with the common aim of conserving Europe's unique variety of wildlife, habitats and landscapes.


This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.