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9.00 – 21.00 Conference registrations open in Hotel Jūrmala Spa

11.00 – 13.00 EUROPARC Council and sections meeting 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 Jurmala Culture Centre

9.00 Opening

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.  

Ms Elīna Pinto, Adviser to the President of Latvia on Modern State and Sustainability Issues

Mr. Edvīns Balševics, State Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia

Mr Ignace Schops, President of EUROPARC Federation

9.30 – 10.00 Dr Rauno Väisänen IUCN WCPA, honorary member of EUROPARC Federation

Nature on Your Mind – in politics

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.


10.00 – 10.30 Ms. Anete Vabule, deputy director of Madara Cosmetics

Nature on Your Mind – in business

Understanding regularities of nature – basis for inspiration, innovation, practical knowledge and success in business.


10.30 – 11.00 Dr William Bird MBE, CEO Intelligent Health

Nature on Your Mind – in health, especially mental health

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


11.30 – 12.00 Silvija Nora Kalniņš, Ph.D., Nature Concert Hall (Latvia)

Nature on Your Mind – inspiration of nature in music and arts

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.


12.00 – 12.30 Simon Bell, Ph.D., chair professor of the Chair of Landscape Architecture, Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia)

Nature on Your Mind – creation of shapes and environments

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

14.30 – 18.30 14 Parallel workshop sessions in Jūrmala centre

18:40 – 20.00 Individual EUROPARC section meetings

From 20.00 Evening/dinner at different restaurants in Jūrmala centre


Thursday, September 26 FIELD TRIPS

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


Friday, September 27 CLOSING SESSION

9.30 – 10.00 Short plenary in Hotel Jūrmala Spa

10.15 – 12.15 Thematic EUROPEAN Café in 5 parallel cluster groups in Hotel Jūrmala Spa

12.30 – 13.30 Closing plenary with remarks from thematic groups in Hotel Jūrmala Spa

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch

14.30 – 17.00 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 and Mayors in Jūrmala Culture Centre

18.30 – 19.45 EUROPARC awards ceremony in Hotel Jūrmala Spa

20.00 Gala dinner in Hotel Jūrmala Spa