On 21-22 May
the Council of Europe will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas
and the International Day for Biological Diversity through the international Workshop on “Protected Areas in Europe: the next 50 years”
. The Workshop is organised with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Environment of Italy
and of the Tuscany Region, and in cooperation with EUROPARC Federation
The participants will address the challenges that protected areas face in an interconnected world, and exchange experiences and ideas on: the use of information technologies and citizen science for sustainable conservation of areas of importance for biological diversity; how climate change, globalisation and invasive alien species will change the nature conservation policies and management; and innovative management of protected areas.
A video celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the European Diploma will be officially launched during the Opening session.Draft programme of the Workshop