Programme 2009 started – Participants arrived

Amli from Ethiopia meets Christian from the Vienna Woods. Jan from Slovakia meets Augusta from Ecuador. The Ukraine meets Germany, the Carpathian Mountains meet the Alps. A new “heat” of the MSc course on “Management of Protected Areas” has begun. In the first module, twenty participants from twelve countries met for the first time, familiarised themselves with Klagenfurt University and attended their first courses.

Particpants and directors of the programme 2009 (from left to right): Michael Jungmeier (Austria), Jan Cernecky (SK), Peter Puchala (SK), Hailu Wassi (ET), Goran Sekulic (SR), Berihun Tiru Tessema (ET), Alina Ionita (RO), Michael Mertz (DE), Amli Abreha (ET), Michael Getzner (A), Augusta Almeida Ferri (EC), Eva-Maria Heigl (A), Christian Diry (A), Anastasiia Drapaliuk (UA), Radu Povazan (SK), Olena Slobodian (UA) and Ovidiu Pirv (RO). Not (yet) on the foto: Ayele Kebede Gebreyes (ET), Neema Philipo (TZ), John Okot (UG), Sharif Islam (BD) and Ali Shah Syed Shahid (PK).

“We would like to wish the participants a good start and hope that their careers will profit from a powerful impetus”, says Michael Getzner, director of the programme.

Most of the participants can look back on several years in the management of national parks, biosphere parks and other protected areas. In Klagenfurt, they will receive an additional, international qualification. International institutions such as the IUCN, WWF International, UNESCO, the Ramsar Convention and the Biodiversity Convention are permanent members of the Advisory Board that has supported the course since its beginning.

Learning Goals

The learning goals of the programme are:

  • an excellent and comprehensive understanding of the aims and roles of Protected Areas (PA) in relation to the conservation of biodiversity and (integrated) regional development.
  • detailed knowledge when applying the full range of tools available for the management of Protected Areas (MPA) so that they can effectively fulfil their aims.
  • an ability to analyse and solve problems encountered when establishing, planning and managing Protected Areas, to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary dialogues with all stakeholders and to develop and implement appropriate integrated solutions.
  • the development of hard and soft skills to create mutual benefits of nature conservation on the one hand, and for the local population on the other hand, particularly in peripheral regions as well as in developing countries with the aim of sustainable regional development.


The Alumi-Club of the programe provides usefull information about experts, jobs and events to come ( +++ S.O.S. Parks, an internationally active NGO, has launched a new web-page: +++ Supported by the Austrian Ministry of the Environment the University of Klagenfurt prepares an international award for innovation in Protected Areas, a homepage will be available soon. +++ The next programme will start in September 2011 – get informed now:

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