This year, the motto chosen by the Pan-European Europarc Federation, the main promoter of the event, is Nature, good for your health!
Due to the exceptional situation that is being experienced as a result of the Covid-19, this year the #QuedateEnCasa tag will be used and a series of virtual activities will be developed throughout the week, culminating next Sunday. All of them can be followed directly on the different social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, Youtube) of the National Parks Autonomous Organization with the hashtag #ParksForHealth.
The video "The Network of National Parks for a healthier world" with impressive images of the 15 national parks in Spain, and in which the importance of these natural spaces for physical well-being and mental of citizens.
In addition, until Sunday 24 the virtual contest "How much do you know about health and national parks?" in which the participants must solve questions related to the topic.
Also, coinciding with the celebration of International Day for Biological DiversityOn May 22, at 1:00 p.m., the OAPN co-organizes, together with the Europarc Federation and Europarc-Spain, the webinar: "Health, Biodiversity and Protected Areas" in which Fernando Valladares, CSIC scientist, will take part, and Carles Castell, biologist from the Barcelona Provincial Council, an expert in health and protected areas, to discuss the opportunities that the alliance of protected areas with the health sector can offer to improve their social functions.
In addition, each national park joins the celebration of this day by promoting its own initiatives. Among others, the Garajonay National Park will promote the "Hermigua Plateau" route of the state trail network "Healthy Forests". Until May 22, park staff will present different aspects of forests and health along the route.
For its part, on May 24, the Aigüestortes and Estany Sant Maurici National Park Organizes at 7:00 p.m. a direct on Instagram about bats and coronaviruses by the researcher and expert eco-epidemiologist Jordi Serra.
The national park network for a healthier world
The national parks network it contributes to a healthier world, not only as a refuge for biodiversity but also for its social function as a promoter of well-being, preventing health problems and beneficial life habits.
The European Park Day has been celebrated since 1999 in commemoration of the first European national parks, which were declared in Sweden on May 24, 1909.