Conference Organisers

CNPA logoThe Cairngorms National Park Authority provides leadership for the National Park to tackle the big issues in a collaborative way.   The National Park Vision is to be an outstanding National Park, enjoyed and valued by everyone, where nature and people thrive together.  The role of the Cairngorms National Park Authority is to lead the way in delivering this vision by bringing people together towards a common purpose, enhancing the Park for everyone and inspiring new generations to be Park champions

Europarc logoThe EUROPARC Federation is the foremost Protected Areas network in Europe. Recognised around the world, we support, advise, innovate and represent those who manage Europe’s natural and cultural heritage.  The Federations’ members represent hundreds of responsible authorities and thousands of Protected Areas in 36 countries.



Main Conference Sponsor

 Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks provides the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. We’re involved in producing, distributing and supplying electricity and gas and we provide other energy-related services as well. SSEN is the only company listed on the London Stock Exchange involved in such a wide range of energy businesses.


Conference Sponsors

Aberdeenshire Council logoAberdeenshire Council serves more than 260,000 residents of Aberdeenshire by delivering high-quality services, spending money wisely and delivering planning services that sustain our communities both now and in the future. Aberdeenshire is a diverse and vibrant region with a strong sense of identity. Our communities are welcoming, safe and culturally diverse. We have an economy that is prosperous and attractive to investors, employers and employees. And our natural environment is the envy of the world, truly capturing the very best from mountain to sea. The Cairngorms National Park is a vital component of our landscape and makes a positive contribution to our quality of life, rural economy, biodiversity and recreation.

Columbia logo

Columbia supports organizations who share our passion for the great outdoors. We believe that outdoor education and conservation ensures everyone will be able to enjoy the outdoors for generations to come.

“At Columbia, our mission is to help people enjoy the outdoors longer. That’s why we consider it our responsibility to be conscientious stewards of our shared environment. Our continued partnership with the UK’s National Parks is an unrivalled opportunity to highlight the amazing work conducted by rangers and staff.”

Forestry Commission Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland promotes sustainable management of forests and woodlands for Scotland’s economy, people and environment. We support Scotland’s forests through guidance, grants and regulations, and by shaping forestry policy.



Highland Council logoHighland Council provides local services for the people of the Highlands with the aim to make the Highlands an even better place to live. For that to happen we need attractive and sustainable communities. We need to attract more people to make the Highlands their home and encourage our younger residents to stay here. The Highlands has a unique culture and heritage, it has some of the cleanest air, purest water and most renowned unspoiled natural environments in the world and we must ensure these precious commodities are protected and enhanced for future generations.


Highands and Islands Enterprise’s vision is to make the Highlands and Islands a highly successful and competitive region where increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.

We have four priorities that we will focus on over the coming years to deliver sustainable economic growth across the region. They are:

·         Supporting businesses and social enterprises to shape and realise their growth aspirations

·         Strengthening communities and fragile areas

·         Developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities

·         Creating the conditions for a competitive and low-carbon region

Scottish National Heritage is the lead public body responsible for advising Scottish Ministers on all matters relating to the natural heritage.

Our purpose is to:

·         promote, care for and improve our natural heritage

·         help people to enjoy nature responsibly

·         enable greater understanding and awareness of nature

·         promote the sustainable use of Scotland’s natural heritage

Visit Scotland

VisitScotland is the national tourism organisation for Scotland. Our main aim is to contribute significantly to the advancement of Scottish tourism by giving it a real presence in the global marketplace and benefiting the whole of Scotland.  We work closely with individual businesses, public agencies and local authorities and other tourism stakeholders to maximise the economic benefits of tourism to Scotland. In 2018 Scotland puts its young people in the spotlight, celebrating their talents, contributions and creating new opportunities for them to shine. The Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP) is a year-long programme of events, activities and ideas that will give young people in Scotland the opportunity to show the world what they are made of.


Conference Supporters

European Regional Development Fund is a sustainable and efficient way to invest in the growth and development of people and businesses in EU regions and cities to support a broad range of development objectives to the benefit of a wide range of recipients with the potential for funds to be reused for further investments. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), one of the European Structural and Investment Funds, contributes to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and aims to reinforce economic, social and territorial cohesion in EU regions and cities.



LEADER logoLEADER is a grassroots method of delivering support for rural development through implementing Local Development Strategies.  Support in the Cairngorms National Park is awarded by the Cairngorms Local Action Group and is aimed at local projects with a wide community benefit that shows an element of originality or experimentation, where possible, and complement other activities within the Local Development Strategy.  LEADER is part of the current Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP). 






Year of Young People 2018 logo

Year of Young People 2018 is an opportunity for generations to come together and celebrate our nation’s young people.  It is a platform for our young people and will give them a stronger voice on issues which affect their lives, showcase their ideas and talents, and ultimately, aim to challenge status quo and create a more positive perception of them in society. Activity for the year is based around six key themes developed by young people: culture, education; enterprise & regeneration; equality & discrimination; health & wellbeing; and participation.


SRDP logoScottish Rural Development Programme delivers part of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  It funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland.  The key purpose of the SRDP is to help achieve sustainable economic growth in Scotland’s rural areas and the main priorities are:

  • enhancing the rural economy;
  • supporting agricultural and forestry businesses;
  • protecting and improving the natural environment;
  • addressing the impact of climate change;
  • supporting rural communities.

Young Scot is the national youth information and citizenship charity. We provide young people, aged 11 – 26, with a mixture of information, ideas and incentives to help them become confident, informed and active citizens. We do this in a variety of formats, including online, social, apps, magazines, and phone, etc, so young people can access information in a way they are comfortable with.




Glenmore lodge

Glenmore Lodge is Sportscotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre; its aim is to provide world-class training in outdoor adventure sports and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors more often. This is both through personal skills courses, providing individuals with the confidence to enjoy their sport themselves, and through qualification courses, ensuring that the next generation of outdoor instructors are trained to the highest possible standards. The Glenmore Lodge team also offer a wide selection of essential skills tips, advice and demo films in their popular Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/glenmorelodge Find out more at: www.glenmorelodge.org.uk