Lendspitz awaits you...

A test site for the MPA students

The Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg is situated in the eastern bay of the lake Wörthersee in Klagenfurt. The protected area was implemented in 2007 and has a size of 77.4 hectares.

The Natura 2000 site “Lendspitz-Maiernigg” is located just a stone's throw away from the University of Klagenfurt. In court of the project “City meets Nature”, the MPA programme, particularly its students got the possibility to support the management of the area. Elisabeth Kreimer, communication manager of the programme, explains, “From the MPA perspective, the prior support is a comprehensive documentation of the test site. The students have the chance to apply and test all technical skills and tools taught in the MPA programme in a protected area, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the University.”

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The priorities in the Natura 2000 site, “Lendspitz-Maiernigg”, are nature protection measures, but as urban protected area, also cultural activities take place, which support the raising of awareness of this special natural habitat. (Foto: E. Kreimer)

Friends of MPA

This MPA test site mentioned above was also venue of an excursion, which took place two weeks ago. Michael Jungmeier and Elisabeth Kreimer welcomed the board members of the so-called "Friends of the MPA Programme Association".

The main objective of this association is supporting selected participants of the programme financially by granting loans for covering the tuition fees or costs related to thesis projects.

Michael Jungmeier, director of the MPA programme states, “Currently, the association is in development and still in the set-up phase. As soon as this initial phase is finalised and the organizational structures are clarified, we will announce the opportunities to get in contact with the association”.

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(Foto: E. Kreimer)


Faces of MPA Vol. 2

This new series “Faces of MPA” introduces the lecturers and collaborators of the MPA programme and gives an insight into the broad portfolio of their different backgrounds.

Tobias Salathé, Ph.D.  is Senior advisor for Europe at the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). He is member of the advisory board of the MPA programme and a long-standing lecturer too. "Managers of protected areas are likely to be exposed to diverging interests and strong pressures concerning the ecosystems they have to care for," says Tobias Salathé.  “I am convinced that this M.Sc. course will provide them with the necessary understanding and practical tools to take up the challenges of our modern world," he states furthermore.

Because of Tobias’ wide and long-term experience in the PA field, his lectures are amongst the highlights of each round. We are glad that he shares his tools and knowledge on the protection of water related ecosystems for a sustainable development with the MPA students.

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Tobias Salathé with the MPA Students at a side event of the MPA programme. (Fotos: Bauer/MPA)

Save the date

During the next weeks, various events in connection with “Protected Areas” will take place. Therefore, we would like to point out some of these upcoming events.


Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places. You get information online.

data/content/news/newsletter 59/4_Save_the_date_150504.jpg On the 28th of May, a panel discussion will take place at Klagenfurt University regarding predominantly socially critical themes in connection with protected areas. The Federal Representation of the Austrian National Union of Students (ÖH) hosts this panel discussion.

 The “Little Sydney Conference – Protecting Nature in Europe” (28th – 31st May 2015) in the National park Donau-Auen (Austria) closely follows this event. Already in the last Newsletter #58 we reffered to this event, where you also get in contact with Elisabeth Kreimer. She is at your disposal for any questions regarding the MPA Programme.

The GEO Biodiversity Day 2015 (“Geotag der Artenvielfalt”) will take place on 13th of June in the Natura 2000 site “Lendspitz-Maiernigg”. This protected area is located nearby the University of Klagenfurt and the lake Wörthersee. The protected area has been mentioned several times and in different contexts in this newsletter.

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