Brīvprātīgie marķē taku

 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”


Volunteer management

Project identification No.



nature conservation, volunteer management in European protected areas

Implementation Area

Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Romania, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Iceland, EUROPARC Federation

Demonstration Areas

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)

EUROPARC Deutschland e.V.
Friedrichstr. 60
D-10117 Berlin
Phone: + 49 30 288 78 82-0
Fax: + 49 30 288 78 82-16

Project Partners

  • Rodna Mountains National Park Administration (Romania)

Administratia Parcului National Muntii Rodnei
Principal Street 1445
Rodna locality
Bistrita-Nasaud country
RO21 – Nord-Est
423 245
Phone: 0040 263 377 715
Fax: 0040 263 377 181

  • British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (United Kingdom)

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers
Sedum House
Mallard Way
United Kingdom
Phone: 0044 1491821622

  • EUROPARC Atlantic Isles (United Kingdom)

EUROPARC Atlantic Isles
Flat 2 Bishops Hill, Nwe Polzeath
PL276UF Wadebridge
United Kingdom
Phone: 00 44 1208 869797

  • The Environment Agency of Iceland


Suðurlandsbraut 24
108 Reykjavík
Phone: + 354 5912000
Fax: + 354 591-2020

  • EUROPARC Federation (Germany)

EUROPARC Deutschland e.V.
Friedrichstr. 60
D-10117 Berlin
Phone: + 49 30 288 78 82-0
Fax: + 49 30 288 78 82-16

  • FUNGOBE/EUROPARC Spain (Spain)

Fundación Interuniversitaria Fernando González Bernáldez
Finca Mas Ferre, Edif. A. Campus de Somosaguas
28223 Amdrid
Phone: 0034 91 394 25 22
Fax: 0034 91 394 24 87;

  • Nature Conservation Agency (Latvia)

Dabas aizsardzības pārvalde

Baznīcas iela 7
Sigulda LV-2150
Phone: +371 67509545
Fax: +371 67509544

  • Federparchi – EUROPARC Italy (Italy)

Federazione Italiana Parchi e Riserve Naturali
Via Cristoforo Colombo 163
00184 Roma
Phone: 003906 51604940
Fax: 003906 5138400

  •  The Association of Lithuanian State Parks and Reserves (Lithuania)

Lietuvos valstybinių parkų ir rezervatų asociacija

Didžioji g. 10
Plateliai, LT-90420
Plungės raj.
Phone/fax: +370 8448 49337

  • EUROPARC Federation

EUROPARC Federation

Waffnergasse 6
93047 Regensburg
Phone: +49 941 59935980
Fax: +49 941 59935989

Project Duration

3 years (November 2010 – October 2013)

Contact Persons

Ms. Agnese Balandiņa, National Coordinator, Senior state environmental inspector, e-mail:, 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.

Project Goals

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.

Planed Outputs

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.

Current events 

15.10.2013.  Latvian and Italian Protected areas exchange experiences in volunteer management

18.01.2013. Nature Conservation Agency participates in “Volunteer Management in European Parks” Project Partner Meeting in Berlin

21.11.2011. Norisināsies seminārs par brīvprātīgo darba organizēšanu īpaši aizsargājamās dabas teritorijās

10.05.2011. Workshop for Volunteer Coordinators in Rodna Mountains National Park

26.09.2011. Volunteering in Latvian Nature Conservation Agency

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.