Krkono┼íe National Park became the first Czech member of the EUROPARC Federation in 1990. The National Section ÔÇô EUROPARC Czech Republic was established in 2000 as the seventh national section (Germany, Italy, Spain, Atlantic Islands, Baltic States, France, Czech Republic). The Czech Section currently has seven members ÔÇô the administrations of all four national parks (Krkono┼íe, ┼áumava, ─îesk├ę ┼áv├Żcarsko, Podyj├ş), the Agency for Nature Protection and Landscape Conservation of the Czech Republic, The Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Palack├Ż University in Olomouc and Dr. Jan ┼átursa as individual. The activities of the Czech Section are supervised by the EUROPARC Czech Republic Council, which has six members and meets once a year. The Czech Section also holds an annual general meeting.
The main activities of the EUROPARC Czech Section include organising thematic meetings for employees of its member organisations, promoting and fulfilling the mission and ideas of the EUROPARC Federation, work with young people, integrating into European nature conservation, building transboundary protected areas etc. The members of the Czech Section take part in many seminars, conferences and workshops all over Europe every year, including the annual conference and EUROPARC Council meetings. The EUROPARC Federation presents its activities to the general public during the annual celebration of the European Day of Parks, which is always held on 24th May or on the weekend closest to that date. This is an opportunity for all large-scale protected areas to prepare and offer a wide range of attractive events for the general public ÔÇô excursions, guided walks, open days, exhibitions, concerts, competitions, opening new trails and visitorsÔÇÖ centres etc.
The EUROPARC Czech Republic Section, together with the Ministry of the Environment were the holders of an important project called ÔÇťPHARE CZ: Implementation of the Czech Republic into the Natura 2000 networkÔÇŁ, which began in 4 national parks and 11 protected landscape areas in March, 2004. The aim of the project was to provide the technical and Working background in the Czech protected areas, in order to permit the successful implementation of the Natura 2000 network, to inform the public and visitors to these protected areas about the European system of nature protection and last but not least, to strengthen transboundary co-operation in fulfilling the European directives which apply to the Natura 2000 network.
The Czech Section of EUROPARC is also involved in one of the federationÔÇÖs fundamental programmes ÔÇô The Junior Ranger Programme. So far, Krkono┼íe NP and ┼áumava NP have grasped this initiative and have formed groups of young rangers, and also send children to take part in international seminars and camps for Junior Rangers which are organised by the EUROPARC Federation. These children may meet and get to know similarly enthusiastic kids from other European countries, visit other protected areas, share experiences from their work and be proud of their successes in nature conservation. Work with young people is much valued and well supported by the EUROPARC Federation.
Between 2006 and 2007, the Czech Section concentrated on organising the annual, international, professional conference of the EUROPARC Federation, together with the annual plenary meeting of all member organisations, which was held in September 2007 in Czech Republic. This important Pan-European event in nature conservation involved a three-day meeting of European experts with plenary lectures, professional excursions, thematic workshops, as well as social and cultural events. This unique event was prepared by a national organising committee, which included representatives from all of the member organisations of the Czech Section.
Members of EUROPARC Czech Republic:
Krkono┼íe National Park
┼áumava National Park and Protected Landscape Area
Podyj├ş National Park
─îesk├ę ┼áv├Żcarsko National Park
Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic
Faculty of Science of the Palack├Ż University in Olomouc, Department of Ecology & Environmental Sciences