conservation areas in border districts
- potential for co-operation across
Representatives from European countries will meet in
Koli National Park, Finland, in October 2003
Nature conservation areas, national parks and biosphere reserves in
the border areas offer an example of practical co-operation between countries.
The state borders, however, restrict movement of as well people as of
animals. In order to increase co-operation across the state borders and
possibly to diminish these restrictions, the representatives of European
national parks and biosphere reserves meet at an international seminar
"Transfrontier National Parks and Biosphere Reserves in Europe " in the
Koli National Park, Finland, in 23.-24. August, 2003.
The two-day-meeting will highlight the current situation and future prospects
of the border-area national parks and biosphere reserves in Europe. In
addition, the seminar gives a broad overview on the management, users,
tourism and problems of national parks and other protected areas in Europe,
especially in East Europe. The seminar will gather experiences and opinions
on establishing, managing and developing national parks and protected
areas in border districts by examining practical examples. These issues
are discussed on the basis of the experiences of the participants from,
for instance, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, France, Lithuania and Finland.
The representatives of UNESCO and of the EUROPARC Federation - the co-operative
organisation of Europe's protected areas - will also give a presentation
in the seminar.
"Transfrontier National Parks and Biosphere Reserves in Europe" -seminar
will be held in Heritage Centre Ukko, Koli National Park in Eastern Finland.
The seminar is open for all interested parties; the seminar fee includes
seminar materials, proceedings, meals and the side event. All the presentations
and discussions will be interpreted into English and Finnish. The seminar
is arranged jointly by the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the North
Carelia Regional Environment Centre and it is supported by the Finnish
Cultural Foundation and University of Joensuu. This seminar is second
of the five Koli Border Forum events supported by the Finnish Cultural
For more information please contact:
Koli National Park