The value and impact of a network lies in its capacity to bring people together in order to learn, explore and share insights and ideas, as well as mutually inspire our actions. This month we are excited to launch our new online Trails Talk dialogue series. 

Scroll on to see news updates from members, webinar events, as well as take part in our Snap-Shot Survey, which looks at trail assessment and monitoring. 

  Galeo Saintz
  International Chair
Monthly dialogues for members

Join us for the launch of our online Trails Talk series, where trails share insights and discuss topics of relevance. They will be taking place on the first Thursday of every month, 13.00 UTC/GMT, starting on Thursday April 1. Please register here.

This first discussion will be on recovering our trails post the pandemic linking to feedback from our recent relevant survey. We are welcoming any inspiring ideas for potential Trails Talk themes in the future. 
Please share with us here.
Appalachian Trail Webinar

On March 25, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hosting a conversation on climate change, as well as its expected impacts to the Trail, the whole Appalachian Region, the landscape, biodiversity, and the hiking experience.

Climate experts Harvey Locke and Charles C. Chester will focus on the
 actions that can be taken to ensure protection from those damaging effects. Please register here. 
IUCN Global Youth Summit

The World Trails Network's Trails & Knowledge Task Team is hosting a virtual networking session at the IUCN One Nature, One Future Global Youth Summit on youth leadership on trails. Taking place on April 15, 4pm - 5pm UTC join us online in the session The World Trails Network: Trails as a pathway to a reimagined future.

The virtual networking sessions aim to strengthen connections between young leaders and their existing global networks, encourage interdisciplinary learning, provide a space for broader storytelling on environment and conservation issues, and add momentum to growing youth movements for nature and climate. Such networking events and capacity building initiatives will contribute to the outcome document to be delivered to IUCN’s World Conservation Congress 2021. Please register in advance here which will enable you to online access the event.



Trail Assessment and Monitoring
Our monthly survey focuses on trail assessment and monitoring for maintenance purposes.

The survey is super short and takes less than a minute to complete.

Take part now. . . 
                                         TRAIL PEOPLE

Sedat Çakir, Founder of The Sultans Trail

Sedat walked on the Camino to Santiago in 2007, in what he considered a pilgrimage of reconciliation, himself being a Muslim Turk living in the Netherlands. Along the way, he got the inspiration to walking to Turkey, the land of his birth. Two years later he set out on the 2.200km long adventure. 

Read more on our blog on how the idea for The Sultans Trail became a reality.


Budapest: Hiking & Pilgrimage Trails

András J. Molnár writes about hiking and pilgrimage trails in wider Budapest. He shares his expertise on the landscape, the sightseeing highlights, protection and management issues, the history behind the organization of formal hiking activities in the area, the intersection of long-distance trails crossing the city with shorter local ones, the trails' marking and the variety of events organized to promote the trails.

Read more on our blog.

Lebanon Mountain Trail Association

In the wake of the tragic Beirut explosion of August 4th, 2020, the LMT family launched the Beirut Relief Initiative, a fundraising campaign throughout its global supporter communities' network aimed at helping victim families, as well as connecting the rural communities from the Lebanese mountains to those in the city, as a symbol of much-needed unity and solidarity.

The funds raised went towards supporting women from the rural communities produce traditional food products with long shelf lives distributed in food aid boxes to vulnerable families affected by the explosion. Moreover, in cooperation with trained counselors, the team is organizing hikes for children from Beirut, to help them escape the urban environment that triggers anxiety, fear, and depression linked to the trauma experienced, allowing them to reconnect with the countryside in a positive manner.

Paths of Greece

The team has been working on the development of a network of cycling trails in mountainous Central Peloponnese, Greece. Visitors to the region will have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the nearby nature and the cultural heritage wealth on their bicycle saddle as well, in parallel to the hiking network Apollo Trails. The cycling network will be connecting most of the region's points of interest, among which the Temple of Apollo Epicurus, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Monument, built in the 5th century B.C., characteristically called for its architectural value as "the Parthenon of the Peloponnese". Click on the photo below to watch the video.
Trans Bhutan Trail

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation's multimedia storytelling initiative ‘Tapestry 2030’ focuses on the future of international cooperation, global solidarity, partnerships for gender transformative, sustainable development. Among the several podcasts on collective work towards a ‘just recovery’ in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and towards making the difference in ‘leaving no one behind’, the inaugural story highlights the collaboration between the Bhutan Canada Foundation and the Tourism Council of Bhutan in the development of the Trans Bhutan Trail. Click on the photo below to listen to the podcast.
Saniclau Trails

Since the launch in late 2019 of Saniclau Trails, a waymarked hiking trail network of 200 kilometres in São Nicolau, Cabo Verde archipelago, the island's Tour Operators Association organizes every year The Meetup Trekking Festival, a hiking event offering several trekking and local experiences, aimed at promoting the island´s cuisine and lifestyle. Save the date for the Meetup Trekking Festival 2021 edition: 19-21 November, and read more on the initiative's concept to position the island as a nature-based tourism destination in order to bring business to the travel industry and create youth employment opportunities.
About the World Trails Network

The World Trails Network was founded in 2012. Since 2015 it has been a non-profit association in Geneva, Switzerland. The Network is the largest globally representative and dedicated trails non-profit organization of its kind, consisting of trail organizations and professional trail experts, working collaboratively for the enhancement and betterment of trails around the world.

The network hosts the biennial World Trails Conference, established in Korea in 2010; it is also the convener of the Trails.Film - World Trails Film Festival.
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