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European Network of Protected Areas
European Union




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This innovative three-year LIFE Preparatory project runs from 2018 to 2021. It explores the potential of new approaches and learning methods to improve knowledge and build capacity amongst Natura 2000 site managers in both public and private land, across the EU.

The project will examine the competencies required to manage Natura 2000 more effectively. It will support your professional development needs, enable you to connect with your peers and learn about what managers need to know and be able to do for Natura 2000.

The project places special focus on the following subjects: Protected Area Policy, Planning & Projects, Biodiversity Conservation, etc.

The project is looking for 60 people from across Europe to form the project’s ‘core group’ of participants with good levels of English. There will be three groups of 20 working in English and/ or Spanish and/ or Romanian. The aim is to ensure that the project has a representative sample of different types of Natura 2000 managers from different backgrounds - a good mix of specialists, rangers, private landowners etc., as well as ages and sexes.

Selection criteria:

  • Managers who are working in a Natura 2000 site, either for governmental or non-governmental organisations
  • People working in Protected Areas (e.g. national, regional or natural parks) which also include Natura 2000 sites
  • Rangers who are working in a Natura 2000 site
  • People who work for a local authority or public administration dealing with Natura 2000 sites
  • People engaged in volunteer and/ or visitor management in Natura 2000 sites
  • People working with local communities in or around a Natura 2000 site
  • Providers of information about Natura 2000 (e.g. Communication or Interpretation about Natura 2000 site features)
  • Trainees, recently appointed to work on a Natura 2000 site
  • Private landowners of a Natura 2000 site


Apply for Blended-Learning Courses for Nature Professionals