Speakers include Beta consultants (the Defra appointed consultants managing the LIFE+ programme in UK), Institute of European Environmental Policy, Wales Assembly Government and the RSPB. The launch will be held at Glamorgan Cricket club in Cardiff, on the 4th of March from 10h00 to 15h30. Places are limited so please contact Carolyn Hockedy by 20 February to secure a place.
World Sustainable Energy Days 2007 – held from 28 February to 2 March in Wels, Austria – were a great success. The conference attracted more than 1000 participants from 61 countries.
At the conference website, you can find a review of the conference, some pictures from the event and a short video clip (in German).
This symposium seeks to explore new models of participatory conservation. It will present work undertaken on “Youth Participation in Protected Area Management in Rodna Mountains, Romania” and compare experiences of what works elsewhere in developing participatory conservation in Central and Eastern European countries.
The event is organised by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) of the University of Oxford (UK) and the administration of Rodna Mountains National Park in the context of a project funded by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - through its Darwin Initiative - and Romania's National Forest Administration - through Directia Silvica Bistrita.
The project has worked mostly with schools in documenting local and traditional knowledge and use of the Rodna Mountains national park in Romania. It has formed eight 'Friends of Rodna Mountains' clubs, which contribute directly to the implementation of the national park’s management plan, by monitoring specific plants or animals.
The event recognises that participation is a relatively new concept for many stakeholders and that the exchange of experiences in this field can bring valuable results in developing successful models of action in Central and Eastern European countries.
For more information on the project, the benefits of participation or the symposium, please visit the ECI website