European Parks' Academy

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Your personal benefit

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 (IUCN, UNESCO, Ramsar etc.), policies and guidelines. Bring an own showcase from your work to this exclusive training. In an intensive 3-day seminar you work in small groups, discuss with renowned experts to find innovative solutions for your individual challenge. This is your main take-home message, bringing new perspectives into your organization. Maybe you can even save money which you otherwise spent for a consultant!

Learn, exchange, enjoy in an inspiring environment

EPA is a summer school, situated at the attractive and inspiring facilities of the Klagenfurt Lakeside Campus (Austria). EPA offers outstanding intercultural learning experiences for executives and professionals in the management of protected areas. The initiative is a direct outcome of the World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney and the European follow-up Little Sydney in Hainburg (Austria, 2015).


Programme schedule

Seminar 2017-1

Effective financial management of protected areas

Learn about new strategies and tools to optimize budget planning, financial flows and expenses to start improving the financial situation of your park or institution. Particularly in times of economic crisis and shrinking conservation budgets it is crucial to ensure adequate funding for protected areas.

Seminar 2017-2

New challenges in the governance of protected areas

Meeting the challenge of governance is increasingly important, the way of how decisions are made is getting more attention. Learn about and work with new tools and methods to design and analyze decision-making processes, to optimize governance structures, to minimize social conflicts and to deal with the demand from society for more or improved “governance”.

Panel & Posters Conferences 2017-3 & 2017-4

Emerging trends & issues

Intensive one-day conferences with posters, presentations, attractive keynote speakers and a panel discussion with renowned experts provide an update on international trends and current developments in protected area management.

Trainers & lecturers

  • Dr. Francis Vorhies (Earthmind - Executive Director, sustainability economist, former Head of Economics and Business Programme of IUCN)
  • Dr. Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend (Global coordinator of the ICCA Consortium and lead author and editor of the IUCN Guideline on Governance of Protected Areas)
  • James Hardcastle (Programme Development Manager at IUCN Headquarters; Expert on IUCN Green List of Protected Areas)
  • Roger Crofts (Member of the IUCN National Committee for the United Kingdom, CE Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH))



European Parks‘ Academy
c/o E.C.O. Insitute of Ecology
Lakeside B07b, 2.OG
9020 Klagenfurt , Austria

Programme coordination

DI Michael Huber:
Head of division for Parks. Integrated Management of Protected Areas at E.C.O. Institute of Ecology

Programme directorate

Dr. Andrej Sovinc:
CEO Sečovlje Salina Nature Park, University of Primorska, IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair Europe
Mag. Dr. Michael Jungmeier:
CEO of E.C.O. Institute of Ecology, Director of MSc “Management of Protected Areas”
Mag.a Birgit Karre:
University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Getzner:
Center of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, Head of Department of Spatial Planning, Vienna University of Technology


... for registration: 23.06.2017
... for scholarships application: 15.05.2017

Target group

Executives and professionals in the management of protected areas.


EPA is set up in cooperation of different academic institutions and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA/IUCN) and supported by the Austrian Ministry of Environment (BMLFUW)