LIFE supporting e-learning & capacity building for Natura 2000 managers
Learn about what you need to know and be able to do as a Natura 2000 manager!

Enrolment is limited to 60 participants.

Application form for e-learning & capacity building core competence modules
Applications open until 31st October 2019! E-learning will start in 2020!
This innovative three-year LIFE Preparatory project runs from 2018 to 2021. It explores the potential of new approaches and learning methods to improve knowledge and build capacity amongst Natura 2000 site managers in both public and private land, across the EU.

The project will examine the competencies required to manage Natura 2000 more effectively. It will support your professional development needs, enable you to connect with your peers and learn about what managers need to know and be able to do for Natura 2000.

The project places special focus on the following subjects: Protected Area Policy, Planning & Projects, Biodiversity Conservation, Communication & Collaboration, Local Communities & Cultures, Awareness & Education.
How the project will work
We are looking for 60 people from across Europe to form the project’s ‘core group’ of participants. This is an international project so we need people with good levels of English. There will be three groups of 20 working in English and/ or Spanish and/ or Romanian. Our aim is to ensure that we have a representative sample of different types of Natura 2000 managers from different backgrounds - we need a good mix of specialists, rangers, private landowners etc., as well as ages and sexes.

By early 2020, you will know if you have been selected! The indicative application process schedule is as follows:

* Application due by 31 October 2019
* Possible follow-up to request additional information (where necessary) end November 2019
* Final selection process completed by end of 2019, taking into account the need for good cross representation of possible project participants
* Outcomes notified to all applicants by January 2020.

During 2019, we will develop the learning content of the project in three modules, develop the tools you will work with and test. We will also recruit 20 tutors to share their Natura 2000 expertise.

In 2020, successful applicants will have the opportunity to work with and test new digital e-learning tools: there will also be an opportunity to participate in a workshop and you can apply to join a Summer School for free. The exact timing of the core modules will be confirmed in due course.
Got your interest? Good!
We will need your commitment and time to participate throughout the project, but this will not be 'full-time' - we know you are busy people! So ...

* You can learn at your own pace! Pick the time that suits you best to use the project materials and e-learn!

* Some things will be ‘fixed in time’ – for example, workshops and summer schools, and also ‘live’ webinars. However, even if you can't be free to join, all results will be available for you to ‘catch-up’ when you can. Also, we will do our very best to announce the fixed time components of the project well enough in advance to help you to plan ahead.

* We estimate that on average you will only need to commit to 2 to 3 hours per week to participate - however, of course, if you want to give more time to the project, that's fine for us!

* If you change jobs at any point during the project, we will try to find a way to help you stay involved!


We will do all we can to secure your active involvement, feedback and ideas. Together with you, we will be able to demonstrate that your work and experience matter and are vitally important for Natura 2000!

You can find out more about the project here :
What you can expect to gain from participating
Your participation will help you to develop the competencies and acquire the information you need to work effectively in Natura 2000. At the end of the project, you can expect to be awarded a certificate of participation. In addition, selected applicants will have opportunities to:

- Gain new contacts, insights and knowledge about Natura 2000
- Share your current experiences with your peers and learn new information
- Build your capacity and become familiar with new e-learning tools
- Complete a personal Training Needs Assessment (TNA) for the competencies required for Natura 2000 management
- Participate in one face-to-face workshop in Sweden, Romania or Spain, which will take place in 2020. Workshops will last for 2 to 3 days, so with travel, you will probably need 3 to 4 days to participate.
- Apply to participate in one summer school in Padova, Italy - likely to be in April 2020 (TBC). Subject to demand, there may be one other additional summer school. We'll keep you posted!

Travel & subsistence costs for participation in the project's face-to-face networking events will be covered by the project.

Who should apply?
We are looking for people keen to learn about Natura 2000 and who want to be actively involved throughout this LIFE Preparatory project. Your inputs and ideas matter! Your participation and feedback will help to shape the ways Natura 2000 site managers learn. At the same time, you will increase your knowledge about Natura 2000 and build your capacity for your work now and in the future.

The one thing we request is that you should be actively working in a Natura 2000 site or for Natura 2000 in some capacity. Whether you work alone or as part of a team, whether you are a Natura 2000 technician, specialist ecologist, ranger or are engaged more in outreach and interpretation, we will welcome applications from men and women of all ages and backgrounds - for example:

- Managers who are working in a Natura 2000 site, either for governmental or non-governmental organisations
- People working in Protected Areas (e.g. national, regional or natural parks) which also include Natura 2000 sites
- Rangers who are working in a Natura 2000 site
- People who work for a local authority or public administration dealing with Natura 2000 sites
- People engaged in volunteer and/ or visitor management in Natura 2000 sites
- People working with local communities in or around a Natura 2000 site
- Providers of information about Natura 2000 (e.g. Communication or Interpretation about Natura 2000 site features)
- Trainees, recently appointed to work on a Natura 2000 site
- Private landowners of a Natura 2000 site (e.g. farmer or forester)
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