EUROPARC Conference 2023

On behalf of the organisation EUROPARC Conference 2023 (representing the Dutch National Parks) and the EUROPARC Federation, I cordially invite you to participate in EUROPARC Conference on 3-6 October in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Together with the support of numerous partners, volunteers and professionals, we are organising this conference.

It promises to be a special face-to-face conference.  With the overarching theme "Tribute to our landscape, where nature and people meet in harmony ", we will celebrate the beauty and diversity of European diverse natural and cultural landscape. Our landscapes are among the most valuable cultural treasures of European society. It is the place where nature and people meet and interact in the past, present and future.                   

We will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the EUROPARC Federation with the inspiration "learning from the past, preparing for the future". Therefore, we also invite young people in particular.

Take part now, the next face-to-face EUROPARC conference is not expected until 2025. In 2024, there only will be an online EUROPARC conference.

Kind regards


Kind regards


Hendrik R. Oosterveld

President Foundation Organisation Europarc Conference 2023.


Click here for the personal invitation to the EUROPARC Conference 2023 in the Netherlands

Our mission:

The EUROPARC Conference is the event of the year for professionals and other stakeholders in the field of protected natural areas and landscapes, Natura 2000, National Parks and Periurban Parks. By bringing experts together, the conference aims to help Europe create a better, greener, sustainable and climate-resilient Europe.

Why do we need to act?

It is more challenging than ever to respect landscapes and create the conditions to ensure that nature and humans interact in harmony. This is in light of the major changes our society is facing.  Such as major transitions as around climate change, water quality and quantity, biodiversity loss, etc. The UN Sustainable Development Goals also provide important guidance. This brings with it a special responsibility both personally and in our work on managing National Parks/protected areas, Periurban Parks and their surrounding landscapes.

Man has influenced the European landscape for centuries. This has led to iconic landscapes, but also to a disruption of the harmony between man and nature. This EUROPARC Conference aims to help participants understand how to connect nature and humans to find long-term harmony.

We invite participants to learn with each other from our 50-year experience. What have we done and what can we do to be better prepared for the future: learning from the past, preparing for the future.

Our  young people  deserve a special place in setting the agenda for the future. Their ideas and proposals should play an important role at this conference: shaping our future is a shared responsibility. They will integral participate in the Conference  and do have their own 'special moments'. This will be prepared by the Youth Core Team.

The Conference should be interactive, relevant, practical, a legacy for the agenda of the future. 

With the conference programme, we aim to create an atmosphere that promotes networking and personal connection.  This with exchange of information (knowledge, experiences, ideas, opinions and thoughts), inspiration, discussion and gaining new experiences.

Our aim is for all participants to go home feeling good and well-informed.

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