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  • The American Veterinary Medical Association has joined the Step It Up! effort backed by the National Park Service and the Surgeon General's Office to promote walking, pointing to the health benefits for humans and their four-legged companions.

  • Biodiversity scenarios are a useful tool to help policymakers predict how flora and fauna will likely respond to future environmental conditions. Although changes to land use are a major driver of biodiversity loss, scenarios focus overwhelmingly on climate change, a new study shows. The researchers say this imbalance makes scenarios less credible, and make recommendations for developing more plausible projections.

  • Eradication of invasive mammal species is a strategy used to help conserve biodiversity on islands and restore populations of native species. Researchers have now assessed the success of this strategy globally, highlighting the importance of controlling invasive species to protect biodiversity on islands and achieve global conservation targets.

  • Voluntary non-monetary conservation — where citizens implement actions without a financial incentive — is an emerging approach to biodiversity protection that could be applied in many countries and environments, a new study shows. This study makes recommendations for actions, such as being simple and affordable, and calls for conservation scientists to recognise their value as a complementary tool alongside traditional market-based and coercive approaches, such as payment for ecosystem services and national parks.

  • The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term. Addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require adjustments to forest policies and changes to forest management plans and practices.

  • Join the biggest event of European Protected Areas! EUROPARC Conference 2016 is host and organised by the Parc Jura vaudois. Under the theme “We are Parks”, the Conference will take place from 18 to 22 October 2016 in the Vallée de Joux and will bring together over 400 delegates from 36 European countries.

  • Barcelona, 1-3 February 2017 at the University of Barcelona, Spain. The aim of this conference is to identify the opportunities and constraints of use fire as a land management tool, from an environmental, social and economic perspectives and share the most novel research and technical expertise carried out in different scenarios around the world.

  • The final conference of the project StarTree (StarTree is a pan-European project to support the sustainable exploitation of forest resources for rural development) will take place from 13 to 14 October in Barcelona, Spain. This conference aims at exchanging new knowledge on wild forest products presenting novel approaches and scientific advancements in the field of wild forest products from forest management, production of wild products towards processing and marketing.

  • The Conference about "Green Infrastructure: Nature Based Solutions For Sustainable And Resilient Cities" will be held on 4-7 April 2017 in Orvieto, Italy. The main objective of the Conference is to show how a trans-disciplinary approach to urban Planning based on Green Infrastructure as Nature Based Solutions will enable maximization Ecosystem Services provision making future cities more resilient and sustainable.

  • The World Urban Parks Applied Research Working Group is seeking input from managers of urban parks, green infrastructure and urban forestry with this 10-15 minute survey. This survey aims to better understand the actual background and knowledge needs, but also collaboration needs of managers of Urban Parks, Green Infrastructure and Urban Forestry, with the scientific community.

  • The WWF European Policy Office in Brussels, Belgium is looking for a full time Senior Policy Officer, Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems who will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of the WWF policy strategy which aims at advocating for a sustainable food policy in Europe and will be actively engaging in the upcoming reform of the Common European Agriculture Policy (CAP). Deadline for applications: 29 July 2016.

  • The registration page for applicants of the 2019 European Green Capital and 2018 European Green Leaf Awards invite you to check whether your city is eligible for the awards, and to which scheme you may apply. Both awards schemes are open to EU Member States, EU Candidate Countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Time limit for receipt of applications (both awards): 3 November 2016.

  • Many park visitors enjoy a walk in the woods, sometimes with a nature guide. But, two California state parks are offering a very different experience with guided forest therapy walks, which are recognized as a stress management activity.

  • The evidence that parks are important for our health, environments and well-being is well supported. To get these full benefits, however, people need to be able to access them. Many underserved communities lack this vital access to parks and green spaces which is why NRPA has launched the Safe Routes to Parks initiative. This campaign aims to implement environmental and policy strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people.

  • One of UNEP’s goals is to help build the capacity of professionals to tackle current and future ecological problems. Now UNEP, in cooperation with Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, is launching a new course on ecosystems. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Wicked Problems, Dynamic solutions: The Ecosystem Approach and Systems Thinking will be disseminated through GUPES.

  • EUROPARC is looking for a Communications Officer with a strong IT background, an interest in nature and a passion for parks. The Communications Officer will have opportunity to contribute directly to the work of a wide European environmental organisation, working along with an international team, so needs an understanding and willingness to work in a NGO culture.
  • The direct impact of urbanization on vegetation growth is a negative one: the more built-up an area is, the less greenery it has because buildings and pavement replace surface area covered by plants. But urbanization also has indirect effects on enhancing vegetation growth.

  • Environment-health research has shown significant relationships between the quantity of green space in deprived urban neighbourhoods and people’s stress levels. The focus of this paper is the nature of access to green space (i.e., its quantity or use) necessary before any health benefit is found.

  • European society faces a growing range of health and social problems. This report presents a summary of the evidence on the challenges, the role that nature can play in addressing these challenges, what different stakeholders are doing and can do to build on the health-social-nature synergies and elements of a road map for a way forward.