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2006-10-07

“Knowledge, skills and networks”

“Let´s shape the future of Protected Areas together.” Marija  Zupancic – Vicar, World Commission on Protected Areas, points out of the importance of a sound education when facing the challenges of global conservation. Marija is one out of some 45 international lecturers contributing to the MSc programme “Management of Protected Areas” of the University of Klagenfurt (Austria).

The programme has been launched in 2005. It is substantially supported by important organisations like Convention on Biodiversity, IUCN, WWF, Ramsar Convention, Mab-programme, Europark, PANparks or AlpParc.

Young professionals from Armenia, Austria, Latvia, Malta, Nepal, Romania and Switzerland attend the programme. They differ in culture and educational background. But all of them are “are competent and highly motivated”. That´s, what Michael Jungmeier and Michael Getzner, directors of the course, say. “The participants are well prepared for the challenging work in Protected Areas. In the programme we want to provide them with knowledge, skills and networks, they will need in their future profession.”

Let´s start for the next programme

„We are prepared to start the next programm in October 2007“, says Michael Getzner. The deadline for application is in June 2007. Nevertheless potential participants should start the preparation.

Participants from developing countries, in particular Uganda, may apply for scholarships. European participants may apply for national or European grants. The programme´s office in on the proposal for any information or support  a participants may need:

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