Protected areas have the potential to be an economic catalyst in rural areas. But how do we develop this potential without compromising the integrity of the nature conservation and retain the livelihoods of rural areas. Is it time to promote socio-economic development of protected areas to retain our young people? How can protected areas do it? What would be the limits?

The work of the INTERREG project IMPACT will feature in this workshop.

The programme is as follows:

1. Introduction of the topic and quick overview of the IMPACT INTERREG EUROPE project 

Teresa Pastor Ramos, Project and Policy Development Manager, EUROPARC Federation

2. Case study 1. Cairngorms National Park (Scotland - UK): Economic Strategy 2015-2018 and Partnerships Promotion to boost socioeconomic development in Cairngorms National Park 

Murray Ferguson, Director of Planning and Rural Development, Cairngorms National Park Authority 


3. Case study 2: Scotland – UK : Promoting youth employability and involvement in Nature through the John Muir Award. 

Toby Clark, John Muir Award Scotland Manager


4. Case study 3: Catalonia – ES: Odisseu Leader project. Attracting young talents to rural areas 

 A project that supports generational renewal by promoting employment opportunities in the rural areas of Catalonia.

Teresa Castellà Gardenyes, Local Action Group Alt Urgell-Cerdanya, Odisseu project coordinator