> advisory board

The international advisory board of the programme consists of prominent international experts in the field of nature conservation supporting the programme development, contributing to the design and implementation of the courses, and functioning as tutors, lecturers and hosts for the courses (in alphabetical order).

Fischer-Kowalski Marina (Austria)

"I wish students of this program will learn to understand protected areas as coupled social-ecological systems, and not underestimate the complexity of either side: the social and socio-economic side, and the ecological side. Due to disciplinary traditions, also in science a proper understanding of the interaction of social and natural systems is just in the making – your intellectual and practical contributions to this are welcome!"

Field of expertise: Professor of Social Ecology, doctoral degree in Sociology, specialized on Material and Energy Flow Analysis, history of human resource use, sustainable development; long standing collaboration with Man & Biosphere Program and Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IHDP)
Institution: Institute of Social Ecology, Faculty for Interdisciplinary Studies (Vienna), Klagenfurt University
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Gutleb Bernhard (Austria)

"Protected Areas in Europe are in most cases no wilderness and also too small to be protected in the way of "Don’t touch". This makes life hard for nature conservation, in finding ways of positive cooperation with the local human population and it’s a demanding and never ending process trying to find the right way, right amount, right place…. of human use or withdrawal. But I like aims that are hard to reach and IÂ’m happy to be part of this interesting project that could well be a good step on the way."


Field of expertise: zoology, population biology, nature conservation in all aspects – also human dimensions; working for WWF Austria 8 years on Brown Bears and since 1993 for the Government of Carinthia as a nature expert for the authorizing agency and in the Protected Areas of the region. Field work and scientific publications mainly in the field of vertebrates, especially amphibians and mammals.
Institution: director of the department for nature conservation, Government of Carinthia, Managing Director of the Institute for Wildlife Research and Nature protection, member of executive board of several private nature conservation associations in Carinthia, member of the IUCN Asiatic Black Bear Specialist Group
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Imboden Christoph (Switzerland)

" Over 30 years ago, as an eagre young ecologist I left Switzerland for New Zealand to further my credentials as a scientist. Three years later I returned as a conservationist – realising that saving the embattled diversity and beauty of our biosphere is more about management than academic research. Since then I had the privilege of working in many different parts of the world. Everywhere the take-home message from my early research days was re-affirmed: we need well-trained, young practitioners - in big numbers - in order to manage the rapidly growing conflicts between conserving biodiversity and the legitimate use of natural resources by people aspiring for economic development. I am delighted to support the MSc course at Klagenfurt University aimed at having more such professionals looking after our protected areas."

Field of expertise: biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, business & environment, integrated strategies, programme development, evaluation, communication, management of NGOs
Institution: independent consultant; formerly CEO of international and national NGOs
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Bernhard Kohler (Austria)

" Protected area management faces many challenges. With the recent development of a powerful European wilderness movement, new, fascinating challenges have arisen. How can large tracts of land be permanently set aside and left to the unrestrained action of natural processes, without negative impacts on the surrounding cultural landscapes? How can human visitors enjoy these new wilderness areas, without impairing wilderness values? How can local communities benefit from newly established wilderness areas? How do we as conservationist deal with the conflicts inevitably arising between traditional nature conservation and the wilderness idea? Answers to these questions are not ready made, but students in the Klagenfurt MSc course will certainly learn a lot for their professional career, should they venture into the thickets of these tantalizing subjects!"

Field of expertise: ornithology, zoology, protected areas management, biodiversity conservation, wilderness preservation and restoration. Field research in ornithology and protected areas management, especially within the National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, co-author of the management plan for the national park, head of the national Biodiversity Programme within WWF Austria, as such responsible for a team working on Wilderness, Large Carnivores, Improvements in Protected Area Management and Implementation of International Conservation Directives in Austria.
Institution: WWF Austria, Biodiversity Programme Austria
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Kun Zoltan (Hungary)

"Since I have been working for PAN Parks Foundation I found very important to educate future decision makers and protected area managers about interpretation of IUCN categories. I believe in third party monitoring of protected area management, as a tool which can help increasing the effectiveness of authorities. My personal mission with the course at KlagenfurtUniversity is to ensure that information on protected area verification and financial sustainability will be elaborated to the participants."

Field of expertise: MSc in landscape architecture, conservation manager, responsibility for the operation of the PAN Parks Foundation, fundraising activities
Institution: PAN Parks Foundation
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Plassmann Guido (France)

"As director of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas, I see the importance and interest of a well planned training on international level for the protected areas staff in various fields. Such training will lead as well to an important exchange of experiences between the protected areas managers and especially between protected areas of central and Eastern Europe. The Alpine network is proposing as well different seminars and trainings in conservation and sustainable development issues and we are very glad to cooperate in this process."

Field of expertise: Doctor in alpine Geographic’s, specialised in management of natural resources, Protected Areas Politics and international cooperation Alps and Carpathians mountains.
Institution: Network of Alpine Protected Areas, institution linked to the Alpine Convention, located in France.
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Philippe Pypaert (Italy)

From 1987 to 1991, during his PhD research at the Luxemburg University Foundation (Arlon - Belgium), he participated in the development of a Territorial Information System applied to territorial planning of rural communities, in collaboration with ENSAS s.a. (IBM Associate, Belgium), specializing in informatics and digital mapping.
Between 1990 and 1993, he worked in Italy as a consultant for several companies. From 1993 to 1994 he worked for TECHNITAL S.p.A. (Verona, Italy) as a specialist in territorial and environmental information systems and GIS applications; within the context of the numerous interrelated studies and projects of the Venice flood prevention scheme. He was directly involved in the general preliminary design of the interventions to reverse the degradation processes of the lagoon environment, and in the design of an operative Decisional Support System for the management of the Venetian coastal area.

He joined UNESCO, at its Venice Office, in November 1994, where he has been acting, since then, as a Programme Specialist in Environmental Sciences. He is also acting, since 1998, as the UNESCO Regional Hydrologist for Europe. During these years, he co-ordinated regional activities related to some of the major environmental programmes of UNESCO, such as MAB, IHP and CSI, as well as cross-disciplinary initiatives related to Traditional Knowledge. As Project Officer, he also coordinated the implementation of extrabudgetary projects funded by the Italian government concerning Venice and its lagoon (1994-2000), the Adriatic Sea Environmental Master Plan (2004-2006) and Environmental Education for Sustainable Development in South-Eastern Europe (2004-2007).

Field of expertise: agricultural engineer from the Faculty of Agronomy, Gembloux (Belgium), with a specialization in rural economy and sociology, (PhD) in environmental sciences
Institution: UNESCO in the Venice Office sicneNovember 1994 as an Programme Specialist in Environmental Sciences
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Rupitsch Peter (Austria)

"After some twenty years of managing Hohe Tauern Nationalpark (Carinthia) I fully agree with the idea of developing a programme to train and educate managers and planners of protected areas. I saw many things go wrong and many things go right, but I did not see any possibility to share these experiences in a clearly structured and condensed way. So I am looking forward to the beginning of the MSc-programme and see an important chance to increase the quality of our protected areas in Europe on a longterm perspective."

Field of expertise: Director of the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern (since 1992), teaching at the University of Klagenfurt, supporting the establishment and development of the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern in Carinthia, studying Geography in Klagenfurt
Institution: National Park Hohe Tauern (covers more than 1.800 km² of alpine ecosystems, characteristic pattern of very old cultural landscapes and wilderness areas - the Park is established on private property only, so communication, participation and "conservation by land use agreements" play an important role in the management of the site)
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Salathé Tobias (Switzerland)

"Managers of protected areas are likely to be exposed to diverging interests and strong pressures concerning the ecosystems they have to care for. Thus, they need to learn not only how to maintain the ecological character and biodiversity values of protected zones, but also how to speak to other stakeholders and powerful neighbours, to administrative and government sectors other than their own, and to the public at large, in order to assure the lasting survival of the ecosystems under their responsibility. I am convinced that this M.Sc. course will provide them with the necessary understanding and practical tools to take up the challenges of our modern world."

Field of expertise: senior adviser for the European countries at the Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands; biologist by training, waterbird ecology studies, conservation consultant (mainly on inventory, monitoring, communication, education and campaigning issues), coordinater of the migratory birds conservation programme of ICBP (now BirdLife International), external wetland conservation expert for the European Commission, Mediterranean-wide wetland conservation and research programme (Tour du Valat Biological Station)
Institution: Convention on Wetlands: provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources, largest global network of protected areas
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Solar Martin (Slovenia)

Europarc Federation is the biggest umbrella organization of the protected areas round the Europe. We are convinced that nature conservation and protection of cultural landscape can be effective achieved inside the protected areas especially if PA are managed properly.
Management praxis in parks, network of Europarc Federation and MPA study at the University of Klagenfurt is important link for successful study programme and effective management of PA. Therefore Europarc sees MPA study as challenge for the park managers and experts to help and contribute with their knowledge and experiences. At the other side we believe that students might become our employees and also good managers of the PA in the future.
Europarc Federation joins to the other important international nature conservation organizations and supports MPA study in Klagenfurt. Proper management of the parks and skilled and well trained staff are basic for our common goal – to protect nature and culture landscape not only in Europe but worldwide.

Field of expertise: Europarc Federation Council member, Head of Management and Planning in Triglav National Park-Slovenia, IUCN – WCPA member, UNESCO - Slovene national MAB committee chair
Institution: Europarc Federation Council member
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Sovinc Andrej (Slovenia)

"Policy and decision makers, managers and staff of Protected Areas have been entrusted with an exceptional task: to safeguard nature and natural resources for today and future generations in a world where the common language is money. This is not an easy task. Only some 12 % of the Planet is set aside for protection of nature. The MPA programme provides extensive knowledge and highlights guidelines for those who will take the responsibility to secure the world in which nature and man can coexist".

Field of expertise: civil engineer/hydrologists (wetland and  river restoration), Protected Area management (Theory: PhD.on Protected Area Systems; Policy: ex-IUCN Parks for Life Action Plan European Coordinator; Practice: manager of the Secovlje Salina Nature Park ); ornithology.
Institution: Secovlje Salina Nature Park and University of Primorska, Koper/Capodistria, Slovenia.
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Succow Michael (Germany)

"The MSc programme Management of Protected Areas is an outstanding and innovative educational offer addressed to managers and planners to protected areas. It is not only an important deucation, but also a professional impulse for nature conservation in Europe"

Field of expertise: german national comitee "Man and Biosphere", project manager (WWF), consultung for the implementation of biosphere reserves, development of international moor protection programmes, professor at the acadamy of agricultural sciences, vice president of NABU (Naturschutzbund)
Institution: Ernst Moritz Arndt University Greifswald, director of the institute for botany, professorship for geobotany and landscape ecology
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board

Wieser Christian (Austria)

"My 18 years long activity at the sharp end of applied nature protection in the Federal State Carinthia has shown a quantity of technical and organizational problems in the protected area entity. These had to be solved with founded with practice-oriented training with clearly fewer friction losses. The MSc course could become an important information basis for professionals and newcomers in the nature protection field."

Field of expertise: 18 years experience in the regulatory and applied nature protection, zoologist, specialist in entomology, presentation and organization of exhibitions, editorial of relevant publications
Institution: Museum of the Federal State Carinthia, curator for entomology
Function in the MSc-Programme: member of the advisory board