Programme

 

Sunday, 10.5.2020

All-day arrival

  • Official representatives of the European member associations of IRF and ERF
  • Delegates of the Twinning Partners
  • Some of the delegates of the Youth+ - Junior Ranger

 

Monday, 11.5.2020

All-day arrival of the Congress participants and delegates

Parallel events during the day:

  • Meeting of the representatives of the European member associations of IRF and ERF (lecture room, Haus zur Wildnis)
  • Meeting and workshop of the delegates of the Twinning Agreement Partners (ERF-program) (exchange of information and experiences at the Arberlandhalle, separation into working groups afterwards)

17:00 - 21:00 h

Registration for the congress at the Arberlandhalle

19:00 h

  • ERF – internal: Welcome to all participants at the Arberlandhalle
  • Short welcome by Urs Wegmann, President ERF
  • Lineup of the participating countries with their national flags
  • Photo-session in front of the Aberlandhalle

“Welcome event” with a potlach at the Arberlandhalle for all Congress participants

Tuesday, 12.05.2020

7:30 – 9:00 h

Registration for the congress at the Arberlandhalle

 

9:00 – 10:00 h

Opening of the 5th. European Ranger Congress

  • Urs Wegmann, President European Ranger Federation
  • Chris Galliers, President International Ranger Federation
  • Carsten Wagner, President German Ranger Association

Words of Welcome

  • Dr. Christian Barth, Director of the Ministry for Environment and Consumer Protection Bavaria
  • Prof. Beate Jessel (or representative), President of the German Federal Agency for Nature Protection
  • Rita Röhrl, District Administrator of the District Regen
  • Georg Bauer, First Mayor of the Community of Bayerisch Eisenstein
  • Alexander Muthmann, Chairman of the Junior Ranger Association Bavarian Forest NP
  • Pavel Hubený, Director of the Šumava NP, Czech Republic

 

10:00 – 10:20 h

Welcome and Introduction to the Bavarian Forest National Park

Dr. Franz Leibl, Director of the Bavarian Forest NP

 

10:20 – 11:00 h

Coffee break and theme cafés

(exterior of the Arberlandhalle)

 

11:00 – 11:30 h

End of the UN Decade of Biodiversity and the Report of IPBES: Mission for Europe's Protected Areas as a Contribution to Safeguarding Biodiversity and the Challenges for Rangers

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller, Divisional Director Nature Conservation and Research, Vice Director of the Bavarian Forest NP

 

11:30 – 12:00 h

From planning to reality – what remains of the nature protection strategies while working at the spear-head in protected area management

Speaker: Urs Reif, Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy Baden-Wuerttemberg

 

12:00 – 12:30 h

Goals and planned measures of the German plan of action for protected areas

Speaker: Representative of the German Federal Agency for Nature Protection

 

12:30 – 14:00 h

Lunch and theme cafés

(exterior of the Arberlandhalle)

 

14:00 – 14:30 h

Situation of old-growth forests in Romania and an innovative project to re-wild the Carpathians

Speaker: Christoph Promberger, Manager for Nature Conservation and wildlife biologist; Fundatia Conservation Carpathia

 

14:30 – 15:00 h

The importance of large-scale protected areas for bird protection using the example of the Lower-Saxony Wadden Sea NP and the necessity of networking along the flyways

Speaker: Britta Schmidt, Head-Ranger Lower-Saxony Wadden Sea NP

 

15:00 – 16:00 h

International networking and cooperation using the example of the West-European and East-European bird-migration flyways

Presentations from Spain and Israel
Speakers:
Carlos Alberto Torralvo Moreno, former Forest Ranger and ornithologist Fundación Migres, Spain
Ilan Yeger, Israel Nature & Heritage Foundation INHF, Israel

 

16:00 – 17:00 h

Coffee break and theme cafés

(exterior of the Arberlandhalle)

 

17:00 – 17:45 h

The work of the Knyphausen Foundation in Botswana and aspects for a cooperation with Rangers in Europe

Speaker: Countess Theda of Knyphausen, Founder Knyphausen Foundation and Coordinator Junior-Ranger Botswana

Introduction of the project partner „Future Explorers Youth Society“ and presentation about the cooperation between the Junior-Rangers from Maun, Botswana and from Bavarian Forest NP and Black Forest NP, Germany

Speakers: Countess Theda of Knyphausen, Coordinator Junior-Ranger Botswana and James Boletlo Pitseyagae, Founder Future Explorers Youth Society

 

19:00 h

Joint dinner and evening program with live music at the Wilderness-camp

Wednesday, 13.05.2020

8:00 h

Start of the field-trips to the Bavarian Forest National Park and to the Bavarian Forest Nature Park with packed lunch

 

19:00 h

Joint dinner and evening program with live music at the Wilderness-camp

Thursday, 14.05.2020

9:00 – 9:45 h

Large Carnivores in Europe: Attitudes, barriers, communication: their crucial role in achieving social acceptance for wildlife in human dominated landscapes

Speakers: Valeria Salvatori, Member of the Large Carnivore Platform, European Commission of the European Union and Anna Sustersic, Coexistence-Life-Project of the PAM’s Foundation Tanzania

 

10:00 – 14:30 h

Workshops (with packed lunch)

 

WS 1: Topic ERF – Ranger Training

WS-leaders: Urs Reif

 

WS 2: Topic ERF – Image, Fundraising & Merchandising

WS-leaders: Wiebke Bomas, Jürgen Tönniesen, Niklas „Niki“ Göth

 

WS 3: Topic ERF – Ranger Surfing

WS-leaders: Urs Wegmann, Alain Chambovey

 

WS 4: Imparting of „complex issues in nature conservation“ using the example of migrating species/ bird migration

WS-leader: Britta Schmidt

 

WS 5: Imparting of „complex issues in nature conservation“ using the example of Large Carnivores

WS-leaders: Anna Rodekirchen, Jochen Grab

 

WS 6: Imparting of „complex issues in nature conservation“ using the example of bees as an indicator for the dramatic decline of insects worldwide

WS-leaders: Patrick Kohl, Benjamin Rutschmann

 

WS 7: Integration of older Junior Rangers – Youth+ - Volunteer Ranger

WS-leaders: Federico Minozzi, Anne Schierenberg

 

WS 8: Acting jointly for nature protection – cooperating with communities and NGOs

WS-leaders: Ian Brooker, Johannes Matt

 

WS 9: Trend sports and nature tourism – challenges for the work of Rangers

WS-leaders: Friederike Schneider, Lukas Schmidt

 

WS 10: Supporting the The-Thin-Green-Line-Foundation & World Ranger Day, coordinated collaboration of the European Rangers

WS-leader: Sean Willmore

 

WS 11: Elaboration of the „Bayerisch-Eisenstein-Declaration“ as a collective message of all participants of the congress to politics and general public

WS-leaders: Roger Cole, Frank Grütz

 

WS 12: Stay healthy - verbal and physical violence against Rangers in situations of conflict and how to keep the Inner Balance

WS-leaders: Susanne Schmid, Christine Schopf

 

Parallel events 8:30 – 12:00 h

 

WS 13: Meeting and workshop of the delegates of the Youth+ - Junior Rangers

WS-leaders: Thea Peters, Alan Smith

 

WS 14: The „Botswana-Project“ of the Knyphausen Foundation: current state and future goals for the further development of an exchange between Junior-Rangers

WS-leaders: Countess Theda of Knyphausen, Jasmin Kolta, Alena Lettenmaier

 

14:30 – 15:00 h

Coffee break

 

15:00 – 18:00 h

General Meeting of the European Ranger Federation and new elections of the ERF-board

 

19:00 h

Joint dinner with live music at the Wilderness camp Falkenstein

Friday, 15.05.2020

9:00 – 9:30 h

Presentations of older Junior-Rangers to perceptions, views and expectations of active young people in nature conservation and result report of the Youth+ - meeting

Speaker: Laura Peters, Speaker Youth+ (Europarc Federation)

 

9:30 – 10:00 h

Wilderness areas in Europe

Speaker: Max. E. Rossberg, President European Wilderness Society, Austria

 

10:00 – 10:30 0 h

Coffee break and theme cafés

(exterior of the Arberlandhalle)

 

10:30 – 11:00 h

Experiences of the Madrid Forest Ranger Corps: how the integration in a Civil Protection and Emergency Agency contributes to preserve nature in an overpopulated region

Speaker: Silvia Morán Quintana, Head Ranger Madrid Forest Ranger Corp, Civil Protection and Emergency Agency Madrid

 

11:00 – 12:00 h

Result report of the cooperation of the European Twinning Agreement Partner

 

12:00 – 13:30 h

Lunch and theme cafés

(exterior of the Arberlandhalle)

 

13:30 – 15:30 h

Result reports of the workshops

Different presentations of delegates

 

15:30 – 16:00 h

Coffee break and theme cafés

(exterior of the Arberlandhalle)

 

16:00 – 16:30 h

„The Thin Green Line Foundation“ in Europe – commitment of Rangers in a global context

Speaker: Sean Willmore, Founder and President The Thin Green Line Foundation

 

16:30 – 17:30 h

Presentation of the „Bayerisch Eisenstein Declaration“ and panel discussion

Panelists:

  • Chris Galliers, President IRF
  • Sean Willmore, former President IRF, Founder and President The Thin Green Line Foundation
  • Urs Wegmann, President ERF
  • Roger Cole, Vice-President ERF
  • Frank Grütz, former President ERF
  • Kristin Biebl, Youth+

 

17:30 h

Closing of the congress, Urs Wegmann, President ERF

 

19:00 h

Congress closing party at the Arberlandhalle

Saturday, 16.05.2020

Departure of the participants and delegates

Optional:

  • Offer of three post-congress-tours (each will be multi-day) to the Šumava NP, Berchtesgaden NP or Black Forest NP (only if registered on the congress registration form)
  • Post-congress-shadowing (also offered as pre-congress-shadowing - only if registered on the congress registration form)

 

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