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 from 3 to 6 October in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

Together we will organise this conference with the support of numerous partners, volunteers and professionals. And financially made possible by numerous grant holders.

Our landscapes are among the most valuable cultural treasures of European society. It is where nature and people meet and interact in the past, present and future.

It promises to be a special face-to-face conference with many young people. With the overarching theme "Tribute to our Landscape, where nature and people live in harmony", we will  celebrate the beauty and diversity of Europe's diverse natural and cultural landscape. We also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the EUROPARC Federation with the inspiration "learning from the past, preparing for the future"

In 2024, there only will be an online EUROPARC Conference.  The next face-to-face EUROPARC Conference  is therefore not expected until 2025.


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 Protected Area, Natura 2000 and Landscape professionals. By bringing together experts, the conference wants to support  Europe creating a better, greener, sustainable and climate-proof Europe.

Why should we act?

Respecting the landscapes and providing conditions to ensure that nature and men meet in harmony is  more challenging than ever, given the crises and changes occurring in our society. These include major transitions such as climate change, water quality and quantity, biodiversity loss, etc. that are taking place. The UN  Sustainable Development Goals also provide important directions. This brings along a special responsibility for us both - personally and for our network - involved in managing national parcs/protected area’s  and their surrounding landscapes.

Humans have had an impact on the European landscape for centuries. This has created some of our most iconic landscapes, however it has also resulted in dis-harmony between people and nature. This EUROPARC Conference wants to help participants discover how we can connect people and nature, in order to find long-term harmony.

This is why we would like to invite all participants to learn from what we have done so far to be better prepared for the future: learning from the past, preparing for the future.

We are looking forward to sharing information, knowledge and experiences to inspire each other. What lessons did we learn?

Our youth deserves a special place in setting the agenda for the future. Their ideas and proposals play an important role during this conference: shaping our future is a shared responsibility.

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

Our aim is to ensure that all participants leave the conference feeling informed, educated and inspired. Furthermore, we will create a conference that ensure an atmosphere that supports networking and personel connection. We want to help  create a “template of thinking”  that particpants take away from the Conference.

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