An extraordinary seminar takes place in September in Klagenfurt - application deadline is running out very soon!

If financing your protected area (system) is an issue then this intensive MPA seminar offer could be of great help.The actuality of the proposed topic has dramatically increased during the last years since public funds are cut while problems such as loss of biodiversity, climate change or new participative approaches are challenging the management more than ever. “We are happy that we succeeded in having Dr. Franics Vorhies as well experienced trainer for our seminar“, commented Daniel Zollner. “The economist, founder and director of the not-for-profit professional network Earthmind has more than 20 years of international experience in building biodiversity businesses, designing new market-based mechanisms for biodiversity finance, and giving lectures in financing protected areas or strategic NGO development”.

The seminar addresses practitioners and experts in the field of protected areas management. Participants will learn about principles, tools and good practice of financing protected areas sustainably. There will be sufficient time to refer to individual situations and address personal needs of the participants. The seminar will take place from 8 until 10 September 2013 at the Universityof Klagenfurt. It will be hold in English language. The course fee amount to 970 €, including the costs for the trainer, seminar facilities, materials, and the meals. In case you would like to participate, please register until 30thof August 2013 at latest (see invitation and registration attached). 

International study visit reveals training needs of protected area managers in Malaysia

On the initiative of Ludi Apin, a staff member of Sabah Parks and current student of the Klagenfurter MPA Programme, Michl Jungmeier was invited to a study visit to different protected areas of Sabah, Malaysia. The trip, organised by Sabah Parks and supported by WWF Malaysia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, was carried out in August 2013. While visiting diverse protected areas, such asTurtle Island Park(Sandakan) and Tunku Adbul Rahman Park (Kota Kinabalu), and attending an international workshop in Kota Kinabalu, it became obvious that the IUCN system for protected areas is neither well known nor fully applied in Malaysian parks. In diverse discussions with park staff, relevant institutions and different stakeholders, a need for training and capacity building in diverse fields of protected area management became apparent.


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Based in these findings Michl Jungmeier suggested to initiate and prepare the application of IUCN standards in Malaysia, and to develop a training programme for staff in parks. Both activities shall support the development of a joint understanding of the functions and goals of protected areas inMalaysiabut also improve the management capacities. In that way synergies between the diverse institutions and the some 1.500 to 3.000 persons in the sector shall be created.

The Klagenfurt University and E.C.O. want to thank all who have contributed to this visit, in particular the staff of Sabah Parks and the staff of Sabah Departments for Wildlife and Forestry, and they are looking forward to the next steps and a potential future co-operation.

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