Protected Areas for a Next Society
European experts analyse the future of the protected areas in the 21st century – on the 24th of May, on the occasion of the Day of Parks, a new volume of the “Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas” was presented.
“We are observing the development of a new generation of protected areas, which will shape the current century”, as Michael Jungmeier, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, co-author and editor of the recently published book “Parks 3.0. – Protected Areas for a Next Society” explained. According to this book, the national parks, World Heritage sites and conservation areas of the future will take on a range of functions, which will go far beyond their current responsibilities. In this book, European experts on protected areas present and discuss their analyses and predictions. The book is intended as a contribution to the World Park Congress, which will take place in Sydney later this year. The book was launched in the “mobile city lab”, a container landscape designed by students of architecture and situated on the Karlsplatz in Vienna. The event was hosted by the Vienna University of Technology.
“Protected areas are increasingly becoming a significant economic factor”, Professor Michael Getzner from the Department of Spatial Planning at the Vienna University of Technology emphasised. Representing the European Wilderness Society, Zoltan Kun described the challenges faced by the future management of protected areas, a complex task which must be carried out in a sphere characterised by many conflicting and diverse interests. Kun believes that, among the European societies, there is enormous demand for wilderness spaces, which can and must be developed in the long-term. Getzner and Kun are two of a total of 30 co-authors who present their deliberations in this book. Professor Heike Egner and Michael Jungmeier have produced this book within the context of the Master Programme “Management of Protected Areas” at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt. It is published by the Klagenfurt-based publisher Heyn, and can be ordered online at http://www.verlagheyn.at/buch/detail/parks_3.0/.
“Looking ahead to future challenges, the demand for well-qualified experts is continuously growing”, Jungmeier comments with regard to the future development. Entirely new tasks and entirely new professional profiles are emerging. For persons who bear the responsibility for protected areas, the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt provides an international qualification programme, which is unique in all of Europe. The 2-year Master programme is part-time and successful students are awarded the academic title Master of Science (MSc.) when they conclude their studies. The next course will commence in September. For further information please refer to www.mpa.uni-klu.ac.at or www.facebook.com/ManagementofProtectedAreas.