Entitled “Nature on your mind – understanding our values”, the conference will explore the presence of nature across various sectors and spheres of life. Especially highlighting the role of nature in human health, we will join forces to seek for “green prescriptions” to address and integrate the role of nature in:
To make following of the scheme easier, please follow the colour pattern which will be used throughout the conference!
The conference will take place in Jūrmala – the biggest resort city in the Baltics, partly situated within Ķemeri National Park – the pioneer protected area in Latvia having been awarded with the European Charter for sustainable tourism. The convenient geographical location, easy-to-reach venue, carefully selected high-level key note speakers, 14 workshops supported by thematically linked excursions to different protected areas in Latvia provide excellent circumstances for a fruitful, constructive, intense yet also creative work and opportunity to return back home with very personal “green prescriptions” to follow in our own protected areas across Europe and beyond.
Experience will be shared by experts of their respective fields and internationally renowned practitioners. The lecturers will inspire, urge those present to ask questions and encourage everyone to dare.
9.00 – 12.00 EUROPARC Council meeting in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
9.00 – 21.00 Conference registrations open in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
12.30 – 14.30 Joint meeting of EUROPARC Council & EUROPARC Sections’ Leaders in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
14.00 – 15.30 Registration for General Assembly in Jūrmala Culture Centre
15.30 – 18.00 EUROPARC General Assembly in Jūrmala Culture Centre
18.00 – 20.00 Side meetings of EUROPARC Commissions in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
19.00 Sunset Dinner (buffet) for all participants on the 11th floor of Hotel Jūrmala Spa with Panorama view on Jūrmala City.
8:00 Conference Registration in Dzintari Concert Hall
Ms Māra Lieplapa, member of the SIA “Plūkt” - a Latvian startup lead by young entrepreneur. The company produces premium herbal tea hand-picked from wild meadows and forests of Latvia.
Mr Juris Pūce, Minister of Regional Development and Environmental Protection of Latvia
Mr Ignace Schops, President of EUROPARC Federation
The role of including regularities of nature into long term politics. Resilient society – long-term aim of state development strategy, new concept implying respect for elements of nature and environment in strategies and policy actions of different sectors.
Understanding regularities of nature – basis for inspiration, innovation, practical knowledge and success in business.
The role of the presence of nature in our lives – the correlation between the presence of various natural elements with success, happiness and quality of life. Nature as basis for mental and physical health.
11:00 – 11.30 Coffee break
Synergy of Nature and Art. Sounds, colours and materials of nature in music and arts. Nature as a source for inspiration of creative manifestation; leading to music and art as effective channels for awareness raising and education ensuring the connection of the humanity to its primeval, natural origins.
True integration of nature into man-made items, shapes and environments. Practices of landscape architecture as integral part of natural environment (structures and shapes aiming at “blending in” completely and naturally). Biomimicry. Wise cities and communities with minimum ecological footprint. Best practice examples of bio-economics and wise solutions for sustainable co-existence of man and nature. Urban planning
12.30 – 12.45 Final remarks
13.00 – 14.00 Buffet lunch
From 20.00 Evening/dinner at different restaurants in Jūrmala centre
7.00 – 19.00 Field trips to Ķemeri National Park and other Protected Areas in Latvia
19.00 – 22.00 Open-air culture evening in Ķemeri National Park
9.00 – 9.30 Short plenary in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
9.45 – 11.45 Thematic EUROPEAN Café in 5 parallel cluster groups in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
12.00 – 12.30 Closing plenary with remarks from thematic groups in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
14.00 – 16.30 EUROPARC Marketplace in Jūrmala Culture Centre
15.00 – 17.00 IUCN side-event “Ecosystem based Approaches in a changing world: Contributions from the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management” in Hotel Jūrmala Spa, “Valdemārs” room
15.00 – 17.00 EUROPARC Federation meeting of Park Presidents in Jūrmala Culture Centre
18.30 – 19.45 EUROPARC awards ceremony in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
20.00 Gala dinner in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
The fee includes participation in the conference, organised field trips, lunch, snacks and drinks during coffee breaks, the evening networking events and conference materials. Accommodation and traveling expenses are not included!
Only half an hour’s drive from the capital of Latvia, Riga - and you find yourself in another world. Ķemeri National Park is a true wetland paradise. Raised bogs dotted with countless tiny pools, mysterious flooded forests or swamps, vast floodplain meadows with wild horses and cattle, lagoon-type lakes rich with waterfowl, winding rivers and the sea coast. Here the diversity of plants and animals truly takes the breath away!
The most extraordinary treasure of the National Park comes from the deepest layers of the raised bogs – the sulphurous mineral water. This health elixir with the aroma of rotten eggs, with the help of skilful human minds and hands has returned the health back to hundreds of thousands of people over the centuries. The protection of its formation processes is one of the aims of the creation of Ķemeri National Park.
Ķemeri National Park is the first protected area in Latvia to be awarded the European Charter for sustainable tourism by EUROPARC Federation.
In Ķemeri you can feel the healing force of nature by hiking or biking on the nature trails, meditating in the smooth silence of the Ķemeri Raised Bog or watching the rare species of woodpeckers in the black alder fens. It can also be felt by taking a curative mud bath or enjoying the variety of other offers of the local businesses.
Director of Pieriga Regional Administration
Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia
Ķemeri National Park is really outstanding in its diversity of natural values and landscapes. Here you can find virgin forests and marshes, sandy beaches and dunes with old pine forests. The vast array of ecosystem services is supplemented by very rich cultural heritage. And all of this - just within a less than hour's drive from our capital and airport. This is the shortest way to the soul of the nature..."
Director of Vidzeme Regional Administration
Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia
Over 1 million folk songs, the widest waterfall in Europe, over 500 km of seacoast and tons of sandy beaches, half of state area covered by forest, amber, over 800 Art Nouveau buildings, rich nature, long desire for freedom - these are just some of the reasons to explore Latvia. There’s space for everyone, whether you want fun in the sun, miles of sandy beaches just to yourself or a hideaway deep into forests.
While all seasons are great for venturing across Latvia, the approaching EUROPARC Conference 2019 surely coincides with one of the best of them. So you are most welcome!