by Anna Kovarovics
Knowledge, parks and cultures – Volume 5 in the series „Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas“ published
The team of E.C.O. successfully completed the project „Transcultural exchange of knowledge about sustainability“ commissioned by the programme proVISION of the Federal Ministry for Science and Reserarch (BmWF).
The project investigated which knowledge is relevant for protected areas in different cultural settings in order to draw conclusions about if and how this knowledge could be exchanged and used. This is particularly important to determine if the concept and contents of the international MSc. Programme “Management of Protected Areas” is applicable and beneficial outside the European cultural context, as the success of this programme suggests that the establishment of similar programmes for capacity building in other parts of the world can be beneficial.
The analysis of four protected areas in Austria and Nepal outlines common features and cultural differences in the management of protected areas and addresses the exchangeability across cultural borders of this knowledge. The authors disucuss the meaning and importance of this knowledge and its possible contribution to the global discussion about common global standards for education and knowledge exchange in the field of protected area management.
Particularly regarding knowledge cultural aspects are crucial. Hence approaches for a transcultural exchange of knowledge may be benefical for all persons and organizations working in an international environment.
E.C.O. published the results of this fascinating project as Volume 5 in the series „Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas" entitled „Knowledge, parks and cultures“. The book was recently published by Heyn Verlag in Klagenfurt.
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