To encourage cooperation between the Dutch National Parks and other parks in Europe, these 20 parks are members of the European Federation for National Parks, Europarc. The Europarc Federation has more than 370 members in 38 European countries, drawn from governments, NGOs and private parties. Members of the Federation participate in annual meetings and working groups to share experience on nature protection, management and design, sustainable tourism, forms of collaboration, marketing, monitoring, education and training.
Examples of transcending national boundaries
Nature does not stop at national borders. Cooperation with our neighbours and at the wider European level is vital. A good example of effective cross-border cooperation is the Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide Cross-border Park. The greater part of the park lies in Belgium . The Dutch and Flemish authorities share responsibility for the area's natural values. De Meinweg National Park is another example of cross-border cooperation. It is part of the Dutch-German Cross-border Park Maas-Swalm-Nette.
Aruba and the Dutch Antilles
A cooperation (MoU) between the Dutch National Parks Foundation and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) has been signed at St. Eustatius, at May the 20th 2008. The DCNA is an organisation that promotes and encourages sustainable management of nature at Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles.
From the left to the right: Ms De Meyer (Director DCNA), Mr Sneep (Director SNP), Mr Wijte (SNP) and Ms Esteban (DCNA).