Course on “Management of Protected Areas”

Applications for the next course can now be submitted.

On the occasion of the World Wetlands Day on February 2nd, the Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt presented the international university course on the management of protected areas at a press conference.

“It is not enough to only protect areas; they need active management. We would like to invite those from Europe and the rest of the world who are interested to apply for the next course on “Management of Protected Areas”. The University of Klagenfurt has an offer which is unique in Europe: a course to become a successful protected area manager in two years. We are kindly supported in this by important international organisations, such as the IUCN, CBD, Ramsar Convention, Alpine Network of Protected Areas and WWF”, explains Prof. Hans-Joachim Bodenhöfer, the scientific director of the course.

Students from 23 countries and four continents have attended the course so far, having been sent by ministries, environmental protection organisations, companies and universities. Hans-Joachim Bodenhöfer is proud of this variety. “The course is like an exotic orchid. It is nice to see how it grows and flourishes.”

The course on “Management of Protected Areas” is extra-occupational. It takes two years and is concluded with a “Master of Science” degree. The next course starts in September 2011. Those interested can get detailed information about the course at The closing date for applications is May 31st. A total of 22 places are available.


Attention: orientation meetings

Two orientation meetings in March will give you opportunity to consult with the course director personally:

Vienna: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6 p.m., TU Wien, 1040, Resselgasse 5, room 267.

Klagenfurt: Monday, March 28th, 6 p.m., University of Klagenfurt, room L.2.2.01 (Lakeside Park).

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