The Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 finances result orientated cross-border cooperation projects in Estonia, Finland (incl Åland), Latvia and Sweden

Why and How to Make Nature More Accessible? (NatAc)

Time: 7 May, 2021, 14:00 to 15:30
EUROPARC Webinar. National Parks, nature heritage sites and symbolic landscapes are our national values and contribute to the quality of life. They are also an important source for environmental education, recreation, and tourism. But are they accessible for all?
Getting to nature can sometimes be challenging, due to a rocky path surface, a boardwalk being too narrow, too steep, too slippery or due to there being no nature trail at all. This affects not just those with a disability, but also people with temporary injuries, parents with small children, seniors, in fact, the largest part of the population. Adapting the environment and services to all is part of a sustainable development concept and is important, both from the social, as well as the economic perspective.
The aim of this webinar is to highlight why the access to nature becomes more and more present nowadays and what access options should and can be sought. Presenters from Finland, Spain and Latvia will show how being outdoors is linked to the national identity and the pressures the Covid-19 pandemic is putting on nature trails. Additionally, they will present the nature accessibility issue from the user’s point of view and share good practice examples on inclusive nature education and accessibility solutions for nature trails.

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Programme overview

Welcome and Introduction to the webinar
By Andris Klepers - Associate Professor and Researcher at the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Latvia.

The meaning of accessible nature – being outdoors as part of the national identity.
By Sanna Kalmari - Accessible Travel Specialist & Travel Blogger, Finland.

Don’t stay at home! Accessibility in the Natural Parks Network of the Barcelona Provincial Council. 
By Dafne Farré Lladó - Public Use and Environmental Education Technician, Natural Parks Network of Barcelona Provincial Council, Spain.

Nature accessibility solutions and the promotion of understanding in the Central Baltic Region. 
By Alise Lūse - Accessible Nature Tourism & Trails Practitioner, Latvia.

Let's talk about it...
All participants will have the opportunity to exchange on the topics discussed and/or ask questions.
The webinar will last aprox. 1h 30min and it will be hosted in English. We welcome participants from all across the network and beyond.