> Friends of the MPA Programme

In October 2013 the "Friends of the MPA Programme Association" has been established. The main objective of this association is supporting selected participants of the programme financially by granting loans for covering the tuition fees or costs related to thesis projects.

The association aims at collecting sufficient funds in order to offer the following services for participants:

  • Contribution to tuition fees: Participants are able to apply for an ex interest loan without having to provide a security. The funds are distributed by the board members according to needs and availability.
  • Sponsorship: Private persons or institutions are able to adopt individual participants directly. In these cases, the association may act as a facilitator or trustee.
  • Project support: According to particular needs, grants can be provided for small-scale thesis or research projects. The grants are distributed by the board members according to needs and availability.

By supporting the participants of our MPA Programme, you will contribute to an effective management of protected areas and thus to safeguard the natural assets of our planet. Get in contact with us if you want to support our students or if you would like to become a supporting member of our association (€100 per year). The expertise and trustability of our board members guarantees for a wise use of the allocated funds.


> Our board members

President:   Mag. Angelika Staats
Vice President:   em. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dipl. VW Hans-Joachim Bodenhöfer
Treasurer:   Prok. Mag. Beatrix Taurer-Geher
Treasurer Deputy:   Mag. Bernhard Pontasch
Secretary:   Dipl. Geogr. Philipp Aufenvenne
 Secretary Deputy:   Prim. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Robert Birnbacher