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    A Belgian becomes new president of Europarc Federation

    On Monday night, Ignace Schops, director of the non-profit organization “Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland”, was chosen to become president of the Europarc Federation for the next three years. This is the first time a Belgian will lead the largest NGO for the protection of Europe’s protected areas. The federation represents about 365 Europarc members in 36 countries, that “manage the green jewels of Europe: land, sea, mountains, forests, rivers, cultural heritage.”

    Ignatius Schops heads the non-profit organization “Regionaal Landschap Kempen en Maasland “. He is a member of the EU Chapter of Club of Rome and vice president of the largest nature conservation organization in Flanders, Natuupunt.  Schops is also an ambassador of the Al Gore climate organization.  In 2008, he won the Goldman Environmental Prize and has over twenty years of experience in the field.

    “I am proud to have the privilege of representing the largest network in Europe. Europarc is an important organization for protected areas, nature, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and international collaboration,” said Ignatius Schops. “I will do everything I can to strengthen the network”

    Lorraine Thomson (Source: Belga)