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Posted on: 28th January 2011
EUROPARC Consulting contracted again to provide workshop co-ordination
As winter continues its grip around the UK office of EUROPARC Consulting, we are already setting our sights on a big autumn event. We have been awarded the contract to organise the vital programme of workshops that contribute so much to the EUROPARC Federation's annual conference. This year it takes place in September 2011 in the Swabian Alp Biosphere Reserve, Bad Urach, Germany. Experts from across a broad field of international conservation interests, including regional development, will be exploring the general theme of: Quality counts - Benefits for Nature and People.
Experienced consultant Bettina Kreisel, already ideally based in Germany, is busy collecting notes from meetings and discussing the partner's first thoughts for workshop topics, potential speakers and workshop managers. With an already long list of potential areas to explore it now falls to her and other colleagues from EUROPARC Consulting to pull the preliminary ideas together and find a coherent structure to ensure a variety of good topics that complement each other. Bettina is also keen to emphasise the need for a good cross-section of both speakers and themes, to allow delegates a rich choice of options for their workshop choice.
Continuing the discussions will be a steering group with members such as EUROPARC Federation, EUROPARC Germany, the German BfN and the Ministry of Environment of Baden-Württemberg where the conference takes place.
In a few weeks time things will be a lot clearer, once a short session description is written, and the structure of the workshop themes established. Each of the many workshops will have two presenters plus a workshop manager/facilitator – all to be invited and fully briefed with contents and objectives of their workshop. Contacting at least 45 individuals is quite a daunting task, but at the same time a wonderful opportunity to discuss interesting topics with a wide variety of experts from all walks of life.
With so many people from a protected-landscape and conservation background gathered together, we are determined to deliver an engaging, relevant and strong programme of workshops. The 2011 topic “Quality counts” will also emphasise that “quality sells”, be it a product, tourism service, heritage or nature offer – or even a funding bid. Keep your eye on the website for the EUROPARC Conference http://www.europarc2011.com/en/welcome.html, to ensure you can book your workshop place as soon as the topics are announced. We anticipate high demand, to learn from the prestigious range of international speakers and contributors. EUROPARC Consulting will take great pleasure in delivering a programme that will stimulate discussion, promote ideas and secure practical outcomes.