02 Oct Workshop of The Delos Initiative at the Europarc Federation Congress in Transylvania, Romania
Ms. Erika Stanciou, president of the Europarc Federation, invited the co-ordinators of the Delos Initiative to lead a workshop in the Congress of the Europarc Federation, held in Poinana Brasov, Transylvania, Romania.
The workshop was held the on the 27th of September. Its main goal was to present the methodology proposed by the Delos Initiative to foster cooperation and positive synergies among the stakeholders of the natural, cultural and spiritual heritage of protected areas that include outstanding cultural and spiritual values. This was followed by a presentation of a selected number of European case studies of The Delos Initiative, which led to the discussion for potential applications in other European protected areas, and discussions on how to move forward, based on the positive outputs of the 1st Conference of the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas (see relevant news article bellow).
Based on the suggestions of the participants of Romania, the possibility to prepare an INTERREG project was discussed, focussing on management plans for sacred natural sites located in protected areas of Europe, in which eight European countries could be involved. The Finnish representatives showed great interest, and suggested holding a meeting to prepare this proposal in Finland, during spring 2009.