Protected areas need their local communities and stakeholders to get more involved in their management. Volunteering is a great way to do this.
International GRUNDTVIG project “Volunteer management in European Parks”
Project identification No.
nature conservation, volunteer management in European protected areas
Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Romania, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Iceland, EUROPARC Federation
No demonstraition areas planed
Project Funding Source
EU Lifelong Learning Programme GRUNDTVIG
Project Joint Funding
~400 000 EUR
Project Lead Partner (beneficiary)
EUROPARC Germany (Berlin / Germany)
- Rodna Mountains National Park Administration (Romania)
Administratia Parcului National Muntii Rodnei
Principal Street 1445
RO21 – Nord-Est
Phone: 0040 263 377 715
Fax: 0040 263 377 181
- British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (United Kingdom)
- EUROPARC Atlantic Isles (United Kingdom)
- The Environment Agency of Iceland
- EUROPARC Federation (Germany)
- FUNGOBE/EUROPARC Spain (Spain)
- Nature Conservation Agency (Latvia)
Dabas aizsardzības pārvalde
- Federparchi – EUROPARC Italy (Italy)
- The Association of Lithuanian State Parks and Reserves (Lithuania)
Lietuvos valstybinių parkų ir rezervatų asociacija
- EUROPARC Federation
3 years (November 2010 – October 2013)
Ms. Agnese Balandiņa, National Coordinator, Senior state environmental inspector, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +371 26 424 972
Project Web Page
Project Short Description
Protected areas need their local communities and stakeholders to get more involved in their management. Volunteering is a great way to do this. This project provides an invaluable opportunity to advance existing approaches to Lifelong Learning through conservation volunteering at a European level and to find means of consolidating these as integrative parts of protected areas' volunteer management.
The start of the project coincides with the European Year of Volunteers in 2011. This is a great opportunity to promote the project, make people more aware of the role of volunteers in protected areas and to facilitate protected areas in their volunteer management.
The project partners have already cooperated successfully in a Grundtvig Learning Partnership "European Volunteers in Parks" focussing on the transfer of new skills and experiences in volunteer management and gaining experiences in the international exchange of short-term volunteers.
Better management of volunteers (quality standards) in European protected areas, experience exchange and updated volunteer management tools for employees of protected areas.
Project Main Tasks (activities)
Dissemination of innovative ideas, material and good practice in the field of volunteer management
Collectively developed innovative measures that, in a European context, upgrade learning opportunities in the context of volunteering
Carry out trainings for volunteer coordinators in European protected areas
Provide exemplary combined working/learning opportunities in parks for foreign volunteers and park employers for mutual tutoring
Produce quality standards for professional volunteer management in European parks
Organisation of national seminars that raise awareness about the topic of volunteering in the “Year of Volunteering” 2011
Report on the benefits of volunteering in parks on local communities and volunteers.
The project and its results will further professionalise volunteer management in European protected areas ensuring that it is sustainable and supports the lifelong learning of volunteers. In addition a vital network of skilled volunteer coordinators will be created. Furthermore, it will help broaden the horizons of participating volunteer coordinators in regards to citizenship, ecology, culture and social cohesion. Finally, it will increase the awareness of the value of volunteering in the protected areas themselves.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.