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EUROPARC Conference National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel

This was the EUROPARC Conference in National Park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel in Austria. From 2 - 6th of May 2022, Protected Areas professionals came together to dive into the world of Communication. We assisted the National Park in the organisation of the Mind Factories. After movie © Niklas Dostal

5 Years UNESCO World Natural Heritage Beech Forests

'Ancient beech forests are Europe's wilderness. Their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is like a Nobel Prize for a protected area. In 2017, the Ancient Beech Forests and Primeval Beech Forests of Kalkalpen National Park and Dürrenstein Wilderness Area were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The two protected areas are at the heart of a Europe-wide World Heritage with 51 beech forest protected areas in 18 European countries: from Ukraine to Spain, from southern Sweden to Italy. The European beech connects Europe with its different languages and diverse forest habitats from the seashore to high mountains.' (c) Kalkalpen National Park

Online Talks: Insights and outlook into the Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg

The four Online Talks give you an insight and outlook into the challenges and future plans for the natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.
They origin in the 'City meets Nature' project „Lebensraumverbesserung für Moorfrosch &. Co.“ [Habitat improvement for Morschfrosch /Rana arvalis & Co.] – financed by the City of Klagenfurt, Province of Carinthia and Blühendes Österreich. Content (in German only): Part 1: Schilf & Co. – wie es um die (Wasser)Pflanzen im Wörthersee steht (Mag.a Ulrike Prochinig, biologist Province of Carinthia and DI Anneliese Fuchs), Part 2: Wiedereinsetzen von verschollenen Arten – die Teichmuschel im Wörthersee (Dr. Andreas Kleewein, biologist and Mag. Raphael Süßenbacher), Part 3: Freizeitnutzung im Natura 2000-Gebiet – Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Lenkung (Carmen Fikar MSc, Gebietsrangerin and DI Susanne Glatz-Jorde), Part 4: Laichgewässer leichtgemacht – Lebensraumansprüche von Amphibien und Libellen (DI Roland Schiegl, Arge NATURSCHUTZ and Elisabeth Wiegele BSc)

 

LIFE ENABLE: Creating the European Nature Academy for applied Blended LEarning (Video 4/4)

LIFE Preparatory project LIFE ENABLE is a forward-looking three-year project which started in August this year and will last until July 2024. The primary purpose of the project is to enable all Natura 2000 and Protected Area managers, to become more effective, competent and confident nature management professionals. The project will use a blended learning approach to build capacities in core competencies required for effective nature management. For more information, visit: https://e-c-o.at/project-details/pid_331.html and www.europarc.org/life-enable/.



LIFE ENABLE: Creating the European Nature Academy for applied Blended LEarning (Video 3/4)

LIFE Preparatory project LIFE ENABLE is a forward-looking three-year project which started in August this year and will last until July 2024. The primary purpose of the project is to enable all Natura 2000 and Protected Area managers, to become more effective, competent and confident nature management professionals. The project will use a blended learning approach to build capacities in core competencies required for effective nature management. For more information, visit: https://e-c-o.at/project-details/pid_331.html and www.europarc.org/life-enable/.



LIFE ENABLE: Creating the European Nature Academy for applied Blended LEarning (Video 2/4)

LIFE Preparatory project LIFE ENABLE is a forward-looking three-year project which started in August this year and will last until July 2024. The primary purpose of the project is to enable all Natura 2000 and Protected Area managers, to become more effective, competent and confident nature management professionals. The project will use a blended learning approach to build capacities in core competencies required for effective nature management. For more information, visit: https://e-c-o.at/project-details/pid_331.html and www.europarc.org/life-enable/.



Introducing LIFE ENABLE: Creating the European Nature Academy for applied Blended LEarning (Video 1/4)

LIFE Preparatory project LIFE ENABLE is a forward-looking three-year project which started in August this year and will last until July 2024. The primary purpose of the project is to enable all Natura 2000 and Protected Area managers, to become more effective, competent and confident nature management professionals. The project will use a blended learning approach to build capacities in core competencies required for effective nature management. For more information, visit: https://e-c-o.at/project-details/pid_331.html and www.europarc.org/life-enable/.



ENSITE (Environmental Socio-Scientific Issues in Initial Teacher Education)

The project ENSITE, funded by the ERASMUS+ program, aims to support future teachers in integrating environmental socio-scientific issues into their teaching. Together with scientists from eleven European countries, Christina Pichler-Koban and Andrea Frantz-Pittner are developing modules for teacher training at the University of Klagenfurt. In their modules on "Forests and Climate Change" and "Mobility", student teachers learn how to approach these complex issues themselves and how to impart competencies to their students.



UNESCO Chair's Brownbag session: How can we use digital twins in forest monitoring, Vanessa?

UNESCO Chair's Brownbag session: How can biodiversity be surveyed in quarries in a standardized way, Tobias?

UNESCO Chair's Brownbag session: How does climate change affect mountainious regions in the alps, Klaus?

Drones in nature conservation

What are the specific requirements when working with drones in the forest? Which information and data can drones deliver that otherwise would be impossible or very difficult to obtain? Which additional technologies exist? At the online conference 'Einsatz von Drohnen im Naturschutz' ('Drones in nature conservation') of the 'Netzwerk Zukunftsraum Land' (a network dealing with the future of rural space) forest ecologist and CEO Hanns Kirchmeir talked about the use of drones in the forest.



UNESCO Natural World Heritage 'Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe'

The new movie about the UNESCO Natural World Heritage 'Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe'. Please enjoy and share. © The project is funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme of the European Union.



UNESCO Chair's Brownbag session: 'How do you assess forest ecosystem services?'

Every wednesday at lunch time, the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is hosting a virtual brownbag session. Every session, a different conservation expert is invited to give a keynote about his field of expertise. Here, E.C.O. expert Vanessa Berger talks about forest monitoring and assessing forest ecosystem services.



UNESCO Chair's Brownbag session: 'What is so exciting about a BRIM?'

Every wednesday at lunch time, the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is hosting a virtual brownbag session. Every session, a different conservation expert is invited to give a keynote talk about his field of expertise. Here, E.C.O. expert Michael Huber talks about Biosphere Reserve Integrated Monitoring (BRIM) we developed.

UNESCO Chair's Brownbag session: 'How to play a Game of Clones?

Every wednesday at lunch time, the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is hosting a virtual brownbag session. Every session, a different conservation expert is invited to give a keynote about his field of expertise. Here, E.C.O. expert Anneliese Fuchs gave insight into the 'Game of Clones' - famous among those dealing with invasive plant species.

Green-LOGIX. Vegetation control on roads and railways

The project is financed in the scope of the 'Verkehrsinfrastrukturforschung' (VIF2016). The contracting authorities were the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, the ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG and the Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft.

Master 'Management of Conservation Areas'

Together with the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences we developed the Master of Science programme “Management of Conversation Areas” for which the University received a UNESCO Chair. The four semester master programme has been designed for international students and those responsible for protected areas such as national park and biosphere parks.
Details: http://www.fh-kaernten.at/mca

'Local aquaculture - is fish the new meat?'

Round Table 'Heimische Aquakultur - ist Fisch das neue Fleisch?' / 'Local aquaculture - is fish the new meat?' (October 2020)

Recultivating the Swan Mussel

The swan mussel, (‘Anodonta cygnea’), is a large species of freshwater mussel. It used to call Lake Woerthersee its home but for several years now could not be found there anymore. In a pilot project we are now trying to recultivate a smaller population of swan mussels in the Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg.

Video © Blühendes Österreich/OTS-Video/Katharina Almer

‚VIEL(GE)SCHICHTIG‘: USING ART TO RESEARCH LANDSCAPES | St. Jakob im Rosental

The project is part of the Kärntner Landesausstellung (Carinthian State Fair) ‚CARINTHIja.2020‘.
For further information visit www.oead.at/vielgeschichtig.

‚VIEL(GE)SCHICHTIG‘: USING ART TO RESEARCH LANDSCAPES | Velden

The project is part of the Kärntner Landesausstellung (Carinthian State Fair) ‚CARINTHIja.2020‘.
For further information visit www.oead.at/vielgeschichtig.

‚VIEL(GE)SCHICHTIG‘: USING ART TO RESEARCH LANDSCAPES | Klagenfurt

The project is part of the Kärntner Landesausstellung (Carinthian State Fair) ‚CARINTHIja.2020‘.
For further information visit www.oead.at/vielgeschichtig.

‚VIEL(GE)SCHICHTIG‘: USING ART TO RESEARCH LANDSCAPES | Nötsch

The project is part of the Kärntner Landesausstellung (Carinthian State Fair) ‚CARINTHIja.2020‘.
For further information visit www.oead.at/vielgeschichtig.

Long-term Biodiversity Index (L.B.I.)

Restoration and recultivation of large construction sites, landfill sites, or former industrial sites or quarries is a major challenge for conservation. To meet this challenge, we have developed the LBI (Long-term Biodiversity Index), a tool for safeguarding evidence and monitoring the success of ecological compensation measures.

Game of Clones

The discussion about neobiota is a long-running issue in nature conservation. In the Sparkling Science project "Game of Clones", new ways of dealing with the topic are being tested using the example of Japanese knotweed.

Webinar 'IUCN Green List & Natura 2000'

Webinar Series 2020 | Webinar 'IUCN Green List & Natura 2000'. Catarina Ferreira (IUCN) and Nadine Seleem (IUCN Green List).

Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

Webinar 'Rights that arise in Nature Conservation'

Webinar Series 2020 | Webinar 'Rights that arise in Nature Conservation'. Jennifer Kelleher (IUCN) gives an insight into EPA's module about ‘Rights that arise in Nature Conservation’. (Recording of our session on 02 Jul)

Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

Webinar 'Capacity Development'

Webinar Series 2020 | Webinar 'Capacity Development in Protected Areas and other Conserved Territories'. Eleanor Sterling (Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation) and Mike Appleton (IUCN) give participants insight in one topic related to the EPA seminar ‘Capacity Development’. (Recording of our session on 16 July 2020)

Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

Webinar 'Introducing EPA'

Webinar Series 2020 | Webinar 'Introducing EPA'. Michael Jungmeier (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences) and Andrej Sovinc (WCPA) give you an introduction to the European Parks Academy and why you should not miss out to take part in the Academy. (Recording of our session on Thu 18 Jun 2 pm CET)

Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

Impressions from EPA 2019

Impressions from the European Parks Academy in 2019 held in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

3 people, 3 words, 1 unique experience

Check out what the European Parks Academy meant to former participants from Ukraine in 2019.

Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

European Parks Academy

The European Parks Academy (EPA) is a unique opportunity to learn more about emerging trends and new approaches in the management of protected areas. The seminars of EPA focus on the practical implementation of international standards (e. g. IUCN, UNESCO, Ramsar), policies and guidelines.
Details: https://e-c-o.at/epa.html

UNESCO World Heritage Nomination Beech Forests

Europe's last ancient and primeval beech forests and their continental-wide expansion process were nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Site in February 2016. A unique nature conservation project including twelve European State Parties and more than 250 experts.

Biotopkartierung Kärnten

Dr. Hanns Kirchmeir talks about the biotope mapping of Carinthia. Biotope mapping is a valuable tool that shows the current environmental status of biotopes.

E.C.O.pteryx - Jungfernflug

The hexacopter E.C.O.pteryx enables a totally novel method of landscape analysis. This drone offers a completely new quality of image material from unusual perspectives.

Management of Protected Areas

Planning and managing protected areas is a challenging, but also rewarding mission. With the MSc programme "Management of Protected Areas" we provide a profound interdisciplinary education for interested persons.

map&go - Innovationspreis des Landes Kärnten 2014

For the project map&go, E.C.O. Institute for Ecology was awarded the innovation and research prize of the Land of Carinthia in 2014. With map&go project data is collected on the ground and the digitization process is completed in the field.