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NEWSLETTER No. 01/2023

ERA Board meeting

Between 9 -12 February 2023, the ERA Board meeting was held in Strasbourg (F). The Strategy plans for 2023 were discussed and approved.
The ERA Board agreed to become a partner in three further projects (the success of the project applications will be known later this year):
  • Intergenerational hiking (with the leadership of Trekkify) – integration of youth into the common projects with adults
  • Inclusive Hiking project (with the leadership of EUMA) – guidelines and special hikes for disabled people
  • Co-Trek - Engaging young people in trekking and associated activities through co-design (with the leadership of Trekkify, recommended by ENOS)
The ERA board approved the programme of LQT-BE, Day Walk and the contract with DWS for the transfer of the know-how to ERA.
More about the Board meeting see here.

Call for election in 2023

The ERA Board opens the election for one half of the Board. The election will take place at the 54th ERA General Meeting held in Iława (PL) on 30 September 2023.
The positions open for the elections are:
  • 1st vice president
  • 3rd vice president
  • 2nd assessor
The details for the elections are here and will be distributed to all offices of ERA member organisations.
See you in PillerseeTal next week!

European Winter Walking Days 2023

Have you decided where to find real winter walking? Enjoy the offer of the PillerseeTal in Tyrol, Austria and come from 9 to 12 March 2023 to this the snowiest part of the Tyrol to enjoy the day walks, snowshoes or the guided lantern winter walk. The ERA Board members look forward to meeting you there too. The organisers can help you with your individual wishes or extended stay. The programme and the registration are here.
Photos: Erwin Haiden, Helmut Lackner, defrancesco

ERA spring webinar

A regular ERA spring webinar will be held on 5 April 2023 from 17:00 to 19:00 CET. The information about Cultural Routes and benefits for ERA members to be a part of them, and about the evaluation of ERA projects will be the topics of this event. More information will be available on the ERA website.

Arthur Howcroft

Mr. Arthur Howcroft, Honorary President of ERA, died on Saturday, 25 February 2023, aged 96. Arthur, representing the Long Distance Walkers Association and the Ramblers’ Association from Great Britain, and was one of the longest serving members in ERA: he was the first chairman of the Walking Commission (since its formation in June 1976 – 1994) and 2nd Vice President of ERA from 1985 to 1991.
Afterwards, he represented British rambling in ERA for many years and helped with the translation of documents into English. Most recently he was with us at the 50th ERA anniversary, celebrated during the ERA Conference in Bad Urach, Germany in October 2019.

“Arthur will continue to walk on the stars, he loved walking with so many people during his long life, especially with his beloved wife Renee. He led many people on walking holidays for numerous walking associations all over Europe, and he loved speaking several European languages. The ERA, with all its members and staff, had a special place in his heart, and I count it a great privilege to have known Arthur.“
Peter Ayling (GB), Arthur’s good friend

Honour to his memory!
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