EPA – First-class programme for “Nature conservation in the 21st century”

by Selina Treffner

An international team is preparing the European Parks Academy (EPA) 2020

Lisa Wolf, coordinator of the European Parks Academy (EPA), says, “Preparations for next year are already in full swing.” She says that a “first-class programme” is being developed in collaboration with the World Commission on Protected Areas, the Federation Europarc and a number of prominent experts. This will be another contribution to “Nature conservation in the 21st century” and will be presented shortly. Lisa Wolf says, “However, I can tell you this much already: the EPA will take place at the usual location, the Klagenfurt Lakeside Campus, in the week from 13 July to 18 July 2020.”

Since 2016, the EPA has developed into an international meeting point for professionals in the management of conservation areas. Responsible managers and officers from park administrations and ministries, scientists, experts and, increasingly, students decide to get together. Current issues are discussed; new technologies and scientific knowledge are made available in a relaxed atmosphere. The emphasis is on exchanging information and experience.

“We are delighted with the enthusiastic feedback we received about the EPA 2019,” says Lisa Wolf. She says, however, that in some points the EPA will be even better. “Our main concern is for those taking part to work on very specific questions and problems and also for them to go back home taking with them very specific solutions and ideas.” The highly interactive seminars aim to show off and utilise the wealth of experience that presenters and participants bring to the event.

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