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Unique beauty

Boundless Parks, Naturally! (BPN) is working towards creating stronger ecological infrastructures and improved access to nature in North West Europe. Three regions rich in nature and of unique national beauty are involved. These regions are:

-Veluwe with Nationaal Park Hoge Veluwe and Nationaal Park Veluwezoom (NL)
-Nationaal Park Hoge Kempen (B)
- World Heritage Site Bleanavon and Breacon Beacons National Park  (UK)

Common themes
A strong partnership has been formed by working on common themes and joint activities. on site 

! This brings many benefits for the project and for the individual partners:
- Provincie Gelderland (NL)
- Regionaal  Landschap  Kempen  en Maasland vzw (B)
- Torfaen County Borough Council (UK)
- Vereniging Natuurmonumenten (NL)

BPN consists of three main themes, which are creating gateways, marketing activities, the transition of rural areas to nature. These main activities are each co-ordinated by Joint Working Groups. Three Joint Working Groups are organised along with the international partner meeting, which is the managing authority for decision-making and monitoring the BPN project. In two of them, Gateways and Transition, the results of a joint study will be presented.

The Partners at a meeting in Wales 2003Gateways to National Parks
Gateways to nature and the natural landscape will be created in the three partner regions during the project. At the same time a joint study will guide these developments.

In addition to the physical improvements the study will provide 'planning templates' and design guidance for the development, management and branding of gateways to National Parks. The study will become an essential toolkit for other regions in North West Europe who want to develop Gateways to their own parks. The study will contribute to the spatial vision for recreational and natural functions in protected areas.

Transition to more nature
A Transition Study collects the knowledge and experience on transition processes in the three participating countries. The results of the study are implemented in a Transition Pilot: 85 ha of farming land are turned into nature at the Veluwe (NL).

More information
More information will be available on the projects' website which will be online from September. Read and subscribe to BPN E-news here.

Guido Jochems

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