The latest module of the Msc-programme “Management of Protected Areas” took place in Smolenice in the Lower Carpathian mountians(Sl). The excursions gave opportunity to connect to an outstanding landscape and to the regional conservation authority. International lecturers, amongst them as Ladislav Miko (European Commission) or Joanna Borg (Malta Environmental Protection Authority), gave insights to management planning of Protected Areas in the European context.
The next turn of the programme “Management of Protected Areas” will
start in September 2011. All information is available on the homepage: www.mpa.uni-klu.ac.at, the application package is in the download area.
Alina Ionita, an mpa-participant from Romania, was awarded with an Alfred Toepfer Scholarship at this years´ Europarc conference in National Park of Abruzzo (It). The grant enables her to perform a European study trip about “The role of protected areas in rural development”. We congratulate the awardee and we thank Europarc for opening this oportunity for a young professional.
The „International Journal of Sustainable Society“ calls for paper for the special issue: “The contribution of protected areas and biodiversity conservation for sustainability”. The aim of this special issue is to highlight the significance and importance of protected areas for sustainable development. Abstract shall be submitted until November 15th, the deadline for papers for review is January31st, 2011. Please contact Prof. Michael Getzner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The aim of the special issue is to highlight the significance and importance of protected areas for sustainability, not only in an ecological sense but taking into account the economic and social dimension of sustainable development. This includes the economic impacts of protected areas (e.g. provision of vital ecosystem services for local communities), as well as social implications (e.g. participation of stakeholders in establishment and management of protected areas). The special volume aims to present the most recent developments in the scientific debate, in the form of empirical and policy oriented papers on which general conclusions for the role of protected areas for sustainability, as well as for the management of protected areas, can be drawn.
The reviewing process is organized by the editors with the help of the editorial office. Reviewers are chosen based on the papers submitted.