This is an archived press release
Thursday 2 December 2004
2 December 2004
Losehill Hall - a European centre of excellence
A Peak District National Park study centre is Britain's representative in a new European-wide network of top environmental training bodies.
Losehill Hall, in the Hope Valley, is one of five founding members of the Network of European Environmental Training Centres of Excellence (NEETCE) - aimed at promoting high quality training for staff and residents of protected areas such as national parks.
By sharing experience, knowledge and skills, swapping staff and developing joint projects, the members hope to enhance nature conservation and sustainable development in European protected areas.
Losehill Hall, owned by the Peak District National Park Authority, provides a wide range of environmental training, not only for conservationists but schools, community groups, businesses and individuals, with residential courses, conference facilities and special interest holidays.
Set up at an inaugural meeting near Hanover in Germany, NEETCE's other founding members are the Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz (Germany), the Atelier Technique des Espaces Naturels and Station Biologique de la Tour du Valat (both in France) and the Instituto Pangaea (Italy).
Losehill Hall director Richard Campen said: "The aim of NEETCE is to gain international recognition for environmental training, and build up a common programme of activities that build people's knowledge and skills to enhance the environments of protected areas all over Europe.
"We hope that as a centre of excellence Losehill Hall can act as a model for similar organisations who want to share the benefits of environmental training on a wider scale."
The network plans to develop a website and raise funding for higher-level training, as well as seeking support from environmental agencies and organisations across Europe.
NEETCE has been endorsed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the World Commission on Protected Areas.