Europarc Federation - The Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2010

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3000€ for three successful young conservationists:
The Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2010
Each year the EUROPARC Federation, in cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (D), awards three Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships, each worth 3000€, to promising young conservationists. The application period for the 2010 scholarships has already begun!
If you European and below the age of 35, work for an environmental institution or are studying something related to the environment in a higher education establishment then the Alfred Toepfer Scholarships could be interesting for you!
The aim of the Scholarships is to enhance international cooperation and to advance the quality, innovation and European dimension of protected area management. The €3000, generously donated by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation (D), offers the winners the opportunity to undertake a study visit looking at a specific topic to one or more protected areas in European countries other than their own. This will in turn enable them to gather experience which will be both of benefit for the future career of the scholars, and to the EUROPARC Federation and its members.
The application must address specific themes selected by EUROPARC which are faced by protected area management. In 2010 these themes are: biodiversity, climate change,  integrated management of natural resources, rural development, renewable energy, sustainable tourism, food and agriculture, health and protected areas, environmental education and communication, international/transboundary cooperation.
This year individuals interested in applying for the Alfred Toepfer Scholarships can do so from now until 16th May. Guidelines, registration and more information can be found at
When the study trips are complete the scholarship holders will present EUROPARC with a report of the findings of these research visits, which will be published on the organisation’s website and distributed to its members. The winners will also attend the annual conference of the Federation to officially accept their prize from EUROPARC President Erika Stanciu and a representative of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in front of around 300 protected area practitioners. The conference this year will be hosted by Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park (IT) from 29th September to 2nd October and deal’s with the theme "Living together. Biodiversity and Human Activites: A Challenge for the Future of Protected Area" in keeping with the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
The successful applicants in 2009 collect their awards from EUROPARC President, Erika Stanciu, and Director of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation, Angsar Wimmar, at the EUROPARC Conference in Sweden last year. Photographer: Karin Björk.
Additional information:
·         The EUROPARC Federation ( is committed to the protection and promotion of Europe’s protected areas and all they offer. We are the foremost and largest NGO representing European protected areas, uniting national parks, regional parks, nature parks and biosphere reserves in 39 countries, with the common aim of conserving Europe's unique variety of wildlife, habitats and landscapes.
·         The Alfred Toepfer Foundation is a charitable association with activities across Europe in the fields of culture, science, education and nature conservation. A particular focus of the Foundation is promoting European understanding whilst conserving cultural diversity
Contact: Diana Gallrapp, Project Manager
Tel: 0049 (0)941 599 359 80. E-mail:
The EUROPARC Federation, Postfach 1153, 94475 Grafenau, Germany