“Diversity for Protected Areas”

The new Msc programme “Management of Protected Areas” has started. The first module took place in Klagenfurt in September. It focused on the functions and categories of Protected Areas in a changing society. International lecturers as Christoph Imboden, Marija Zupancic-Vicar or Vesna Kolar-Planincic presented the global perspectives of managing Protected Areas.

“Managing Protected Areas is always dealing with diversity”, says Michael Jungmeier, one of the programme´s directors. “So we are happy to have 18 participants of 13 different nations in our programme! The colleagues are coming from diverse professional backgrounds and have a high level of experience and dedication.”

In addition to the theoretical part the participants could visit the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern. In pouring rain they visited the valley of the Seebach. A nice lunch in the Schwussner Huette was hosted by the Park. Thank you very much, National Park Hohe Tauern!

“Welcome in Klagenfurt” – Michael Jungmeier, Michael Getzner and 18 young professionals are on their way to shape the future of Protected Areas (left to right): Vuksic Katarina (Montenegro), Unterköfler Anna (Austria), Martin Emanuel (Tanzania), Battuvshin Chimeddorj (Mongolia),  Grimanis Konstantinos (Greece), Strbenac Ana (Croatia), Akwetaireho Simon (Uganda), Svensson Asa (Sweden), Kariara Julius (Kenia), Kuzmitch Sergei (Belarus), Kikoti Zuwena (Tanzania), Vasilevic Hanna (Belarus), Zupan Irina (Croatia), Fuchs Astrid (Austria), Gasser Peter Franz (Austria), Lange Sigrun (Germany); not on the photo: Grujicic Ivana (Serbia) & Svajda Juraj (Slovacia).

UNESCO joins the Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is a living bridge between the MSc programme and some ten international institutions dealing with Protected Areas, such as IUCN, WWF, CBD, Ramsar-Convention or Europarc. In September UNESCO became member of the Advisory Board. “This programme is very important for capacity building in Protected Areas. We are happy to support an initiative like that”, says Engelbert Ruoss, of UNESCO-office in Venice.

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