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50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas

On 21-22 May the Council of Europe (Bern Convention), with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Environment of Italy, organises a large seminar on protected areas and the new challenges posed by the digitalisation of the management of nature. The seminar will take place at the Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore and Massaciuccoli (Tuscany Region, Italy), and it will both mark the contribution of the Bern Convention to the UN International Day for Biological Diversity and the 50th Anniversary of the European Diploma for Protected Areas, awarded by the Committee of Ministers.

More information. [13/05/2015]


Exhibition on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, 16 – 27 May 2015, Palais de la Régence, Ensisheim, France

During the European Month in Alsace, the Palais de la Régence in Ensisheim, Alsace, France receives an exhibition of 29 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. The Palais de la Régence is a member of the Cultural Route « Via Habsburg – 800 years of art and culture following the Habsburg’s trail », certified by the Council of Europe in 2014. On the first day the exhibition will be opened from 2.00 p.m. until midnight as it will be the European night of museums. The exhibition is organised by the Consulate General of Luxembourg in Strasbourg, in cooperation with the European Institute of Cultural Routes, the Tourism Development Agency of South Alsace (ADT) and the «Musée de la Régence of the city of Ensisheim, France. The 60 roll-ups explain the Council of Europe’s program and the work of the European Institute of Cultural Routes. They particularly highlight broad diversity of the thematic Cultural Routes networks crossing Europe. The opening hours of the exhibition, as well as Palais de la Régence are 14:00- 18:00, closed on Tuesdays and public holidays. Free entrance

Address of the Palais de la Régence : Place de l’Eglise, 68190 Ensisheim, France



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European Institute for Cultural Routes

Consulate General of Luxembourg in Strasbourg

Official site of Tourism in Southern Alsace

City of Ensisheim

Alsace Region

Council of Europe [11/05/2015]


The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage: new publication in the European Heritage series

A second reference work “The wider benefits of investment in cultural heritage” has been published by the Council of Europe with the support of the European Union, as a culmination of the Joint Programme implemented from 2003 to 2014. The first book published in October 2014 launched a series of three works related to heritage for development in South-East Europe. Another one should be published in 2015 to close the project, and will highlight the impact of the Ljubljana Process in the countries of the region and what this experience has brought to the pan-European reflection on the social and economic values of heritage for society. [04/05/2015]


European Academic Network on Romani Studies final showcase event

On 22 April at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg leading Roma researchers engaged in vibrant exchanges with Roma representatives and political stakeholders to explore how academic research can contribute to policies for Roma inclusion. The event organized by the European Academic Network on Romani Studies joint programme (2011-2015) succeeded in establishing a constructive dialogue on the benefits of research/policy collaboration all the while identifying major obstacles and promising future pathways. [28/04/2015]


Meeting of the Ad Hoc Select Group on Biodiversity and Climate change

Rome, 28 April 2015 - The ecological crisis is putting at stake the maintenance of the common interest and the long-term survival of humankind. Climate change and rise in mean temperatures will bring irreversible changes threatening the livelihoods of people and causing massive extinct of species. The Bern Convention, Europe’s treaty on nature conservation, works for the preservation of most of our natural heritage and promotes participation and representation in the environmental debate, monitoring and, to some extent in the decision-making process. Convened at the request of the Convention’s Standing Committee, the Ad Hoc Select Group on Biodiversity and Climate change will meet on 28th April in Rome (Italy), with the mandate of preparing a new work-plan for the relevant Group of Experts. The Group will discuss topics such as: climate change challenges in the Arctic, management of protected areas and landscapes, impact of extreme weather events on local communities, the transition to a greener economy, among others. [27/04/2015]

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Luxembourg, 28-29 April: Bureau and Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA)

Representatives of the EPA’s Governing Board will meet at the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg on Tuesday and Wednesday 28-29 April. Assisted by the European Institute of Cultural Route, members will take decisions on the certification of new 7 routes (Robert Louis Stevenson, the Chocolate Way, Charles V, Roman Emperors and Wine along the Danube, Le Corbusier, Napoleonic Heritage and the Columban Way). They will also hold exchanges of views with the European Union (Tourism Unit, DG-Growth) and the coordinator of the Cultural Routes Taskforce (Inger Harlevi, manager of the Hansa Route). The Institute will present its new website to member states on this occasion. [24/04/2015]

FOCUS: Cultural Heritage

4th meeting of CDCPP

The CDCPP will hold its 4th meeting from 1 to 3 June 2015 at the Council of Europe headquarters in Strasbourg. The Committee will examine the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of culture, heritage and landscape, and advise the Committee of Ministers on questions within its area of competence. [13/05/2015]


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