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Outdoor sports and nature conservation, drivers of a healthy, inclusive and sustainable society

EUROPARC Federation + European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS)

Tuesday, 3 March 2020 from 15:00 to 17:30 (CET)

Outdoor sports and nature conservation, drivers of a...

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Summary: 

In the last decade, there has been a considerable increase in participation in outdoor sports and activities, as highlighted by the Special Eurobarometer 472 on Sport and Physical Activity, and this is often attributed to the very positive benefits for physical health and mental well-being that being active in nature brings.. However, if not well managed by authorities and reponsible organisations, a healthy activity for people could turn into an unhealthy activity for nature! Protected Areas have their own capacity issues and can be damaged by an excess
of people or harmful activities.

This is why the EUROPARC Federation and the European Network of Outdoor Sports have joined forces to develop and promote the 10 principles of responsible and respectful outdoor sports. Our ultimate aim is to support more “Green Exercise & Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas” but done so in responsible and sustainable ways. This supports the core challenges for EU Sport policies to achieve a more healthy and inclusive society and draws on the benefits provided by protected areas, our “natural health centres”. Ensuring that society and communities value our protected areas in Europe is essential for maintaining the wonderful biodiversity they contain, their ability to absorb carbon, their production of oxygen and regulation of our climate. Engaging people with these special places and promoting their value can be done very effectively through outdoor sports.

The European Green Deal provides a great opportunity and appropriate framework for increasing both the number and range of natural spaces including those adjacent to urban areas to support a carbon neutral Europe with a healthy environment and, through increasing participation in outdoor activities, a healthy society.


 

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The discussion/interactive debate will lead to:

  • Showcase the benefits of Outdoor Sports in Protected Areas including health and well being, social inclusion, sustainable tourism, education and environmental engagement.
  • Showcase good examples of how people are managing outdoor sports in Protected Areas to minimise their impact on wildlife and ecology.
  • Discuss how policy makers and European Institutions can work more effectively on this issue, setting environment (Protected Areas) as a key topic for the new EU Work Plan for Sport (2020-2023).
  • Nature health centres as cornerstone. The Jurmala Communiqué 2019: healthy parks, healthy people.
  • Enlarge the possibilities of outdoor activities that may take place in Protected Areas, so that they are seen as valuable outdoor grounds.
  • Sustainability as a guideline: importance of economically viable projects.

 

More infohttps://www.europarc.org/news/2020/01/event-outdoors-sports-and-nature-conservation/

Do you have questions about Outdoor sports and nature conservation, drivers of a healthy, inclusive and sustainable society? Contact EUROPARC Federation + European Network of Outdoor Sports (ENOS)

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The Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels
180 Chaussée d'Etterbeek
1040 Brussels
Belgium

Tuesday, 3 March 2020 from 15:00 to 17:30 (CET)


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