[posted on 18 June 2010]
International Contact Forum
on Habitat Conservation
in the Barents Region (HCF
sixth Meeting of the International Contact Forum on Habitat Conservation
in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region, further HCF VI, was organized on 1-4
of June in 2010, in Arkhangelsk, Russian Federation, the week ending
with the celebration of the World Environment Day.
organised under the chairmanship of Russian Federation (2008-2010), was
held according to the recommendations of previous forum meetings;
Trondheim 1999, Petrozavodsk 2001, Kuhmo 2003, Syktyvkar 2005, Umeĺ
2008. HCF activities are a part of the activities of the Nature
Protection Subgroup of the Working Group of Environment of the Barents
Euro-Arctic Region, this year under Swedish Chairmanship.
stated in the Declaration of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council Ninth
Meeting of the Ministers of the Environment 17.02.2010 in Tromso,
Norway, the on-going Year of Biodiversity should activate the
implementation of the commitments of the BEAC countries under the
Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD), the RAMSAR Convention on
Wetlands, and the UNESCO Convention on World Heritage Properties.
meeting recognised the significance of the upcoming 10th Conference on
the Parties (COP) meeting of the Convention of Biological Diversity
(Japan October, 2010).
VI, gathering in total 100 participants, presented expert reviews and
discussed on the following seven topics:
1. Protection of
Protection of Boreal Forests and Sustainable Use of Forests
Network of Protected Areas in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region (BPAN)
Pyoza River basin as a prospective object of international cooperation
in preserving old-growth forests and nature complexes
5. Marine and Coastal
6. Synergy of
Natural and Spiritual Values
specifically, regarding the 6th topic the following text was
included in the relevant Resolution:
6. Synergy of Natural and Spiritual Values
The HCF VI expressed the need to take the
cultural and spiritual values into consideration when
establishing protected areas, and to encourage the use of local
folk art expressing the intangible values of nature and society.
The HCF VI welcomed the application of the UNESCO- IUCN
Guidelines on Sacred Natural Sites and the Delos Initiative, and
expressed the support for the next workshop to be convened in
[posted on 06 October 2008]
Delos Initiative during 2005-2008
following report summarises the progress achieved since the
establishment of the Delos Initiative:
Presentation of the Delos Initiative at the International Symposium on
‘Conserving Cultural and Biological Diversity: The Role of Sacred
Natural Sites and Cultural Landscapes’. This important event was
organised in Tokyo from 30 May to 2 June 2005 by UNESCO, the United
Nations University and IUCN.
Presentation of the Delos Initiative at the European Nature Conference,
held in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, on 21-25 September 2005. This was
the first time that Eurosite and the Europarc Federation organised a
joint annual conference in Europe.
Preparation of a project pilot entitled ‘Delos1: Significance of pilot
sacred natural sites in technologically developed countries’, after a
broad consultation among the Steering Group members and other experts.
The proposal was submitted for funding to potential donors.
Preparation of a questionnaire for site analysis to be completed through
interviews with local personalities in each site, both secular and
Application of the questionnaire in two pilot sites, after in situ
missions and interviews with various stakeholders:
- in Meteora,
Greece, a magnificent natural area with monasteries built on natural
Catalonia, Spain, the sacred mountain of Montserrat with its famous
established for the inclusion of additional sites in the pilot plan in
Europe, North America and Japan. more
[posted on 18 June 2006]
2006. Vall de Boí, Catalonia, Spain 14-17 of June 2006
Conference of the Spanish State Section of Europarc had over 180
participants, representing agencies in charge of protected areas from 15
different Autonomous Communities and the Central Government of Spain.
The opening session was devoted to present the results of the
performance evaluation of the Action Plan for the Protected Areas of
Spain during 2002-2005. One of the conclusions of this evaluation, which
was approved by the Assembly, was the need for revising and updating the
Action Plan in order to include, among other items, the spiritual and
cultural values of protected areas, both at the planning and management
levels. For more information visit:
During the Conference Jordi Falgarona and Josep M. Mallarach had the
opportunity to discuss the work of the CSVPA and The Delos initiative
approach with representatives of different Agencies. As a result of
that, there were identified new exciting opportunities to include the
spiritual and cultural values in the planning of four protected areas
already established, which are under way.
[posted on 12 June 2006]
Conference of the Spanish Section of EUROPARC
Cangas de Narcea, Asturias, Spain, 8-12 of June 2005
PANEL 4: Non
material values linked to natural protected areas
Integration of non material values, both cultural and spiritual, in the
methods and strategies of planning and management of protected areas
would help to incorporate social agents and social feelings that have
been marginalized until the present, in to the conservation of
biodiversity and protected areas in general.
The population’s living link with sites of significant spiritual value
may contribute to the conservation of protected areas where they usually
The acknowledgement of the ecological traditional knowledge in the
planning and management of protected areas produces multiple benefits to
the sustainable use of natural resources and values traditional crafts
and people that still know them.
Recommendations for EUROPARC - Spain
Include a new section
devoted to non material values in the Action Plan for Protected
Areas of Spain, during the evaluation process, within the framework
of the existing cooperation agreement between EUROPARC Federation
and IUCN. To that end, promote a workshop or seminar to define its
content and methodology.
identification of non material values of nature, both cultural and
spiritual, and its adequate inclusion in the management plans of
acknowledgment of relationship between local population and visitors
and the maintenance of traditional activities as essential elements
of the conservation of biodiversity.
Promote the inclusion
of educational policies in protected areas management with specific
programs, aimed to young people, to deal with the non material
values of nature in a didactic manner.
Give formal support to
The Delos Initiative, and facilitate the development of its case
studies in Spain from the Technical Office of EUROPARC-Spain.
original in Spanish can be downloaded at: