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Deputy First Minister encourages action for EUROPARC Youth Manifesto

IMG 20180921 104651 700x416The EUROPARC Youth Manifesto was launched on Friday 21 September to over 400 delegates at EUROPARC 2018 in Aviemore. Deputy First Minister, John Swinney addressed the conference and supported the call for the protected areas in Europe to take action.

Young people are keen to be involved in the decision making processes when it comes to sustaining the rural landscape. All summer young people from across Europe have been working together to put together their vision on the most important aspects of living, learning and working in protected areas and rural communities and this Manifesto offers practical ways for change.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister said: “It is fantastic to see the Cairngorms National Park Authority taking forward the EUROPARC Youth Manifesto, with support from the Cairngorms LEADER programme."

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LEADER 2014-2020 last call for applications

Cairngorms LEADER team would like anyone with ideas for funding to get in touch with them as soon as possible. The last date for funding applications will be February 2019.

The Cairngorms LEADER programme supports communities and businesses across the Cairngorms National Park. The programme has had high demand for support for tourism-related projects means that funding for this kind of project is now very limited and only “exceptionally strong” applications will succeed.  We are still looking for projects that deliver against Community Capacity Building, Growing the Economy of the Park, Young People, Transport & Service Provision, Landscape, Heritage & Wildlife and Recreation.

If you have a project idea that has not yet started and that you can deliver by March 2020 we would like to hear from you.  Our next deadline for full applications is 22nd October.  If you would like to be considered for that funding round you should contact us before the end of August 2018.

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EUROPARC Youth Manifesto – Cairngorms LEADER Transnational Co-operation Project

euro parc youth manifestoIn May 2018 the Cairngorms National Park Authority hosted the first of two weeks of workshops, gathering together young folk from across Europe to write a Youth Manifesto.

The manifesto will outline ways that protected areas and rural communities can become better places for young people to live, learn and work. The manifesto will be presented to delegates at the EUROPARC 2018 conference in September, who will be asked to pledge one or two actions from the manifesto.

At Glenmore Lodge, a group of 30 young people aged 16-25 came together from all over Europe: Scotland, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Wales, England, Italy and Latvia. Ten of the delegates were from Finland. This is because the project is a Transnational LEADER project, part financed by Cairngorms Local Action Group, LEADER Rieska, LEADER Keskipiste, and LEADER Ravakka.

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