“How is your Protected Area doing?”

“Evaluating and controlling of management effectiveness is an essential task for the future of protected areas”, says Robert Pomeroy of Connecticut University. The broadly experienced lecturer presented tools and examples for the evaluation of ME to participants of the Klagenfurt MSc-programme. Presentation and discussion of the topic were lively, well based and practical.  “An excellent group”, says the lecturer. “An excellent lecturer”, says the group.

The lecture was one element of a demanding module. The schedule was tight, ranging from intensive lectures to excursions, an evening discussion and a “castle-dinner” in Schloss Roethelstein.

Three directors of Austrian National Parks presented their experience with practical issues like regional development, institutional communication and financial planning. Prof. Grabherr, Chair of the Austrian MaB-Committee, focused on the setting of research and monitoring. Principles and best practice in the field of international cooperation of Protected Areas were presented by Guido Plassmann, CEO of AlpParc. Further lectures focused on data management, visitor´s infrastructure and institutional development.

The module took place in Klagenfurt and in Gesaeuse National Park. Participants could get to know the youngest members of the Austrian National Park´s family. They enjoyed the natural beauty of the park and were fascinated by visitor´s attractions like a virtual flight, a willow-dome or the interaktive exibition.

Let´s start for the next programme !

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

European participants may apply for national or European grants. The programme´s office is on the disposal for any information or support  a participants may need:

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