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
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
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
18:40 – 20.00 Individual EUROPARC section meetings
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
9.30 – 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
18.30 – 19.45 EUROPARC awards ceremony in Hotel Jūrmala Spa
20.00 Gala dinner in Hotel Jūrmala Spa