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The UNESCO Chair for the Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas (MCA) shall provide excellent research and inspiring learning experiences for nature conservation in the 21st century. In particular, the Chair shall contribute to empower and enable personalities, institutions and societies to face the future challenges in the management of conservation areas. The Chair has been established in spring 2020. It shall become an internationally visible hub for excellence, innovation and new technologies in nature conservation. Activities of the Chair are based on an interdisciplinary, holistic and integrated understanding of conservation areas, as advocated and exemplified by UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, (natural) UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Geoparks.

Unesco Chair

The UNESCO Chair is rooted at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences where it is established at the Centre for Further Education (WBZ), an interdisciplinary institution for lifelong learning.

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has launched the UNESCO Chairs programme in 1992. Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. As per now 114 UNESCO Chairs have been established worldwide, nine of them in Austria. They work within a framework of over 700 institutions in 116 countries. Find more information here: en.unesco.org/unitwin-unesco-chairs-programme.

News

UNESCO Chair Team
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Center for Further Education
Management of Conservation Areas

UNESCO Chair Team – work in virtual and analogue worlds!

Following a successful year since the appointment of the UNESCO Chair, the team has grown considerably!

Brownbag
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Center for Further Education
Management of Conservation Areas

The UNESCO Chair´s brownbag session – an innovative short lecture for lunch time

Since the start of the virtual brownbag sessions at the UNESCO Chair in January 2021, we have already held more than 25 interesting short lectures…

MCA
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Center for Further Education
Management of Conservation Areas

“Management of Conservation Areas” - Start in September 2021

All that one needs to know about conservation areas, their preparation, planning and management is provided in this comprehensive international…

Nature conservation engineer
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Center for Further Education
Management of Conservation Areas

Excursion-rich training to become a nature conservation engineer

The training to become a nature conservation specialist engineer successfully began this spring 2021.

Team

Michael Jungmeier is chairholder.  Throughout his career, the ecologist and human geographer has been focusing on biodiversity research, concepts and tools in nature conservation, on human-nature-relationship and environmental history. He worked extensively with inter- and transdisciplinary research designs and methods and has a long track of academic lectureships at different universities.  Jungmeier has worked in planning and consulting of conservation areas, as well as in research and education, capacity building and training for more than 30 years.

Dr. Michael Jungmeier
Chair for Nature Conservation and Sustainability

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

+43 5 90500 4314
m.jungmeier[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Alexandra Liegl is head of the Centre for Further Education. With her team of experts, she is responsible for the quality of the educational offers at the UNESCO Chair. She has long-term experience in conceptualising, administrating and evaluating curricula and individual courses as well.

Mag.a Alexandra Liegl 
Head of Center For Further Education

FH Kärnten – Campus Feldkirchen and Villach
Hauptplatz 12, 9560 Feldkirchen
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

+43 5 90500 4311
a.liegl[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Monika Auinger is scientific assistant at the UNESCO Chair. She is geographer with a focus on the management of landscapes, rural and urban areas and has specific qualifications in geo-informatics. Monika is responsible for developing and conducting research projects together with partners and stakeholders.

Monika Auinger, MSc.
Junior Researcher for Nature Conservation and Sustainability

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

+43 (0)5 90500-7041
m.auinger[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

Vanessa Berger is a Junior Researcher at the UNESCO Chair. She is an ecologist with a focus on spatial and temporal analysis, mobile data collection and vegetation ecology. Vanessa works on the project implementation of the COIN project biodiversity monitoring technologies, ‘BioMONITec.’

Vanessa Berger, MSc
Junior Researcher on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

v.berger[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

 

Daniel Dalton is a Senior Researcher at the UNESCO Chair. He has a background as a specialist in integrated pest management of fruit and berry crops, focusing on insects. Daniel works on the implementation of the COIN project, ‘biodiversity monitoring technologies’ (BioMONITec).

Daniel Dalton, PhD
Senior Researcher on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

d.dalton[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

Melanie Erlacher is a Junior Researcher at the UNESCO Chair and Junior Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in the degree program “Information Technology - Geoinformation and Environment”. She is a geoinformatics specialist with focus on environmental monitoring, UAV applications, remote sensing, and GIS analysis and modeling. Melanie works on the project implementation of the Africa-UniNet project “CoMon” on collaborative biodiversity monitoring.

Melanie Erlacher, MSc
Junior Researcher on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach
m.erlacher[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

 

 

 

Kathrin Pascher is a Senior Researcher at the UNESCO Chair. She is a vegetation ecologist with a background in genetics, microbiology and zoology. Her scientific research focuses on biodiversity (flora and fauna), monitoring, landscape complexity, and ecological risk assessment of genetically modified organisms. Kathrin is working on the coordination and implementation of the COIN project, ‘biodiversity monitoring technologies’ (BioMONITec).

Dr. Kathrin Pascher
Senior Researcher on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

k.pascher[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

Lilia Schmalzl is a Junior Researcher at the UNESCO Chair. She is a geographer with a focus on sustainability, social acceptance of renewable energies, and water management. Lilia works on project management and implementation of the INTERREG SI-AT project ‘KaraWAT.’

Lilia Schmalzl, MSc
Junior Researcher on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

+43 5 90500 4315
l.schmalzl[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

 

 

 

 

Klaus Steinbauer is a Junior Researcher at the UNESCO Chair. He is a biologist with a focus on biodiversity research, long-term monitoring and mountain ecology. Klaus works on the implementation of the COIN project, ‘biodiversity monitoring technologies’ (BioMONITec).

Mag. Klaus Steinbauer
Junior Researcher on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas

FH Kärnten – Campus Villach
Europastraße 4, 9524 Villach

+43 5 90500 4315
k.steinbauer[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

 

 

Melina Hierländer is course administrator at the Center for Further Education. She is responsible for the administration of the master program “Management of Conservation Areas” including correspondence,  lesson planning, giving support to applicants and social media marketing.

Melina Hierländer
Administration-Center for Further Education

FH Kärnten – Campus Feldkirchen
Hauptplatz 12, 9560 Feldkirchen

+43 5 90500 4305
M.Hierlaender[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education

“To our students we offer unique learning experiences on nature conservation and sustainable development. We want to inspire students and teachers as well by exiting learning formats, innovative settings and a professional learning environment. We learn indoor, outdoor and in virtual space.” All educational offers are conducted in cooperation with partners from different sectors and with an interdisciplinary bunch of teachers and trainers.

    All, one needs to know about conservation areas, their preparation, planning and management – is provided in this comprehensive master programme. The unique educational offer shall enable participants to:

    • achieve conservation goals effectively,
    • use new ways of communication and,
    • deal with stakeholders in a better way

    The course of study is based on profound theoretical bases, international standards and principles on one hand and on practical tools, lively experiences and best practice on the other. Particular emphasis is put on innovative technologies, trans-transcultural learning, the mechanisms of development cooperation and the personal competence to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary dialogues.

    • Title: Master of Science “Management of Conservation Areas”
    • ECTS: 120 (“Full master”)
    • Duration: 2 years, part-time (64 days of attendance in 4 blocks), blended learning
    • Partners: International Scientific Board, Institutional Advisory Board, Austrian Experience Pool, E.C.O. Institute of Ecology

    Details

    Learn, exchange, enjoy. This is the mission statement of a summer university that takes place annually one week in July in the Lakeside Campus in Klagenfurt. It is an advanced training for decision makers and persons responsible for conservation areas.
    The academy is comprised of an introductory conference, three intensive seminar days and a two-day field trip. The seminars’ focus changes each year, the workshops are conducted by international experts. This format provides the opportunity for extensive sharing of experiences and discussions at a high level. Participants bring their own showcase or problem. In an intensive 3-days seminar innovative solutions are developed in discussion with peers and internationally renowned experts.

    EPA offers outstanding intercultural learning opportunities for executives of conservation areas.

    • Certificate: Issued by World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) and Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
    • ECTS: 3 (optional)
    • Duration: 1 week (including a two-day-excursion)
    • Partners: IUCN/WCPA, international institutions (depending on topic), E.C.O. Institute of Ecology

    Details

    How are nature conservation measures at extraction sites to be implemented? How can be provided optimal nesting and breeding facilities for different species? How are neobiota (invasive species) or communal green areas to be managed? How are conservation devices such as bat detectors, camera traps and drones operated? The newly developed job profile of a ‘Nature Conservation Engineer’ embodies the competence for all hands-on conservation issues that occur on construction sites, infrastructures and in settlement areas.

    Participants are, amongst others, employees of construction companies, of the energy, raw materials and transport industry, from planning departments, nature conservation organisations as well as from the public administration.

    • Certificate: Professional Certificate issued by Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
    • ECTS: 6 (optional)
    • Duration: 1 year, part-time (30 days of attendance)
    • Partners: Institute of Civil Engineering (Carinthia University of Applied Sciences), E.C.O. Institute of Ecology

    Details

    Research

    Conservation areas have turned more and more into model regions for both the conservation of biodiversity and equitable sustainable development. UNESCO sites such as biosphere reserves, world heritage sites and geoparks are based and directly interrelated to UNESCO´s goals and values. Hence, these sites have become learning sites for translating international policies and standards into real life contexts. This raises important and exciting research questions that shall be addressed by the UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas.

    • Protected area research with a focus on UNESCO World Heritage Sites, UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO Geoparks, Nature and National Parks and Natura 2000 sites
    • Scientific support and accompanying research on the planning, establishment and management of protected areas and protected area systems
    • Applied nature conservation research with a focus on biodiversity, global change, ecosystem services and natural processes
    • Applied research and development of conservation technologies, concepts and standards
    • Scientific support for sustainability processes in organisations, regions and states


    Particular emphasis shall be given to trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural research designs, new methods and new technologies and fair formats of citizen science. Research activities of the Chair shall contribute to strengthening conservation areas locally, nationally, regionally and globally as well. UNESCO sites and UNESCO programmes shall directly benefit from enhanced capacities, research findings and experiences as generated in the Chair´s work.

    Projects

    Archive

    Publications

    Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas (MPA)

    Lange S., Jungmeier M., 2014: Parks 3.0 – Protected Areas for the Next Society. Series „Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas“, Vol. 6; Series editors: Heike Egner, Michael Jungmeier. Heyn Verlag, 94p.
    https://e-c-o.at/files/publications/downloads/L04120_MPA-Proceedings-2014_Parks_3.0.pdf
     
    Egner H., Jungmeier M. (eds.), 2013: Knowledge, Parks and Cultures. Transcultural Exchange of Knowledge in Protected Areas: Case Studies from Nepal and Austria. Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas, Vol. 5, Klagenfurt, 231p.
    https://e-c-o.at/files/publications/downloads/L03949_MPA-Proceedings-2013_Knowledge_Parks_Cultures.pdf
     
    Getzner M., Jungmeier M. (eds.), 2013: Protected areas in focus: Analysis and evaluation. Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas Vol. 4, 151p.
    https://e-c-o.at/files/publications/downloads/L04066_MPA-Proceedings-2009-2011_Protected_Areas_in_Focus.pdf
     
    Getzner M., Jungmeier M. (eds.), 2012: Innovative Approaches to Manage Protected Areas. Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas, Vol. 3, Klagenfurt, 112p.
    https://e-c-o.at/files/publications/downloads/L03928_MPA-Proceedings-2007-2009_Innovative_Approaches.pdf
     
    Getzner M., Jungmeier M. (eds.), 2010: People, Parks and Money. Stakeholder involvement and regional development. A manual for protected areas. Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas, Vol. 2, Klagenfurt, 216p.
    https://e-c-o.at/files/publications/downloads/L03876_MPA-Proceedings-2007-2009-People-Parks-and-Money.pdf
     
    Getzner M., Jungmeier M. (eds.), 2009: Improving Protected Areas. In: Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas, Vol. 1, Klagenfurt, 104p.
    https://e-c-o.at/files/publications/downloads/L03929_MPA-Proceedings-2005-2007-Improving-PAs.pdf

    Fuchs A., Pichler-Koban C., Pitman A., Elmenreich W., Jungmeier M., 2021: Games and Gamification - New Instruments for Communicating Sustainability. In: Weder F., Krainer L., Karmasin M., 2021: The Sustainability Communication Reader - A Reflective Compendium; Springer; DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-31883-3_13

    Fuchs A., Berger V., Steinbauer K., Köstl T., Wuttej D., Jungmeier M., 2021: The long-term effects of monoculture maize cultivation on plant diversity. Phytocoenologia Vol. 50 (2021), Issue 4, 397-408.

    Glatz-Jorde S., Jungmeier M., Aurenhammer S., Komposch C., 2021: Biodiversität im UNESCO Biosphärenpark Salzburger Lungau & Kärntner Nockberge. Ergebnisse des 5. GEO-Tages der Natur 2020 - Rund um die Grundalm. Carinthia II, 211./131. Jahrgang, 19-54.

    Jungmeier M., 2021: Naturschutz im 21. Jahrhundert. Umbrüche in den Mensch-Natur-Beziehungen: Das Beispiel Tourismus. In: Niederle H.A. (eds.), 2021: Europäische Toleranzgespräche Fresach/Villach 2019 und 2020. edition pen Band 159, 104-108.

    Jungmeier M., Huber M., 2021: A low-cost BRIM (Biosphere reserve integrated monitoring)? The example of the Salzburger Lungau & Kärntner Nockberge BR (Austria). EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-4730, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-4730.

    Jungmeier M., Kovarovics A., Leitner H., Rossmann D., 2021: Managing emerging patterns of outdoor recreation - The example of Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, Austria. In: Aas O., Breiby M., Selvaag S.K., Eriksson P.-A., Boerrestad B. (eds.), 2021: The 10th MMV Conference: Managing outdoor recreation experiences in the Anthropocene - Resources, markets, innovations. MINA fagrapports 73, 198-199.

    Jungmeier M., Schneider M. & Wiegele E., 2021: Ausbildung zur Naturschutzfachkraft – Abschlussarbeiten 2020. Fachhochschule Kärnten, Feldkirchen, 32 S.

    Pichler-Koban C., Jungmeier M., 2021: Reger Verkehr auf der "Bärenbrücke". DIE BRÜCKE 22, 10-11.

    Aurenhammer S., Komposch C., Glatz-Jorde S., Jungmeier M., 2020: Biodiversität im UNESCO Biosphärenpark Salzburger Lungau & Kärntner Nockberge. Ergebnisse des 4. GEO-Tages der Natur 2019 - Vielfalt an den Ufern und Berghängen des Millstätter Sees. In: Carinthia II. Klagenfurt, 7-44 S.

    Borsdorf A., Jungmeier M., 2020: Das Weltnetz der Biosphere Reserves (UNESCO WNBR) im Spiegel des Nachhaltigkeitskonzeptes: Stand und Perspektiven. In: Borsdorf A., Jungmeier M., Braun V., Heinrich K. (Hrg.), 2020: Biosphäre 4.0. – UNESCO Biosphere Reserves als Modellregionen einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung. Springer Spektrum, 3-33.

    Borsdorf A., Jungmeier M., Braun V., Heinrich K. (Hrg.), 2020: Biosphäre 4.0. – UNESCO Biosphere Reserves als Modellregionen einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung. Springer Spektrum, 334 S. ISBN 978-3-662-60707-7.

    Fuchs A., Pichler-Koban C. & Jungmeier M., 2020: Der Staudenknöterich - Praxisleitfaden zum Management von Fallopia japonica. Sparkling Science, Klagenfurt, 21 S.

    Glatz-Jorde S., Jungmeier M., Hradetzky R. & Berger D., 2020: The IUCN Green List as a tool for protected area management - the example of City meets Nature. eco.mont; Volume 12; Number 1, 50-54.

    Jungmeier M. & Fuchs A., 2020: Engaging heritage communities by citizen science - Considerations, experiences and lessons learnt. Proceedings IE, Forstering Heritage Communities, 2020/41-51.

    Jungmeier M., Arpa N.Y. & Pechacek P., 2020: The Guidelines for Establishing Protected Areas. Conservation and Sustainable Management of Turkey’s Steppe Ecosystems Project. FAO and MAF, Ankara, 96 p.

    Jungmeier M., Arpa N.Y. & Pechacek P., 2020: The Guidelines for Protected Areas Management Planning. Conservation and Sustainable Management of Turkey’s Steppe Ecosystems Project. FAO and MAF, Ankara, 92 p.

    Jungmeier M., Arpa N.Y. & Pechacek P., 2020: The Guidelines for Biodiversity Monitoring. Conservation and Sustainable Management of Turkey’s Steppe Ecosystems Project. FAO and MAF, Ankara, 76 p.

    Jungmeier M., Kirchmeir H., 2020: Management of conservation areas, with focus on UNESCO sites. Contribution to: Conservation and Restoration of Forest and Grassland Ecosystems. December 4th, 2020, Tuscia University (online).

    Jungmeier M., 2020: A drop to make the barrel overflow - Cumulative impacts of recreational and touristic activities in Natura 2000 sites. Contribution to: Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, 3rd Alpine Natura 2000 Seminar, September 10th, 2020, online.

    Material

    Galleries

    After a successful year since the appointment of the UNESCO Chair, the team has grown considerably!
    In May 2021, a photo shoot took place around the Villach Campus.

    Nature conservation engineers out and about (Spring 2021).
    Insights into excursion topics such as birds, amphibians or nature conservation technologies.

    ´Conservation Engineer' IV

    Looking inside the toolkit of nature conservation engineers (October 2020). Participants of the educational programme present their final seminar work, reaching from protection of biodiversity up to adaptation strategies of forests to climate change.

    ´Conservation Engineer' III

    Making of a short image clip in August 2020 with students from CUAS for the Master "Management of Conservation Areas", in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Nockberge.

    Making of an MCA Imageclip

    Skill-oriented education for nature conservation in the 21st century (May 2020). Significant steps of the relaunch of the international Master "Management of Conservation Areas", such as "Little Sidney" in Donauauen National Park, the work of the Austrian Experiences Pool and the official presentation of the master in the Dobratsch Nature Park on September 18th, 2018.

    Master programme Management of Conservation Areas

    Nature conservation engineers out and about (May 2020). A kaleidoscope of pictures from field excursions, university sessions and workshops.

    Certificate Course 'Nature Conservation Engineer'

    Looking inside the toolkit of nature conservation engineers (May 2020). Participants of the educational programme present their final seminar work, reaching from conservation monitoring, experiments for vegetation control to ibex tracking and bat nesting facilities.

    Certificate Course 'Nature Conservation Engineer' - Success Stories

    Outstanding universal values (May 2020). The travelling ecologist and photographer Michael "Mike" Huber documents UNESCO world heritage sites around the globe.

    UNESCO sites around the world  (c) Michael Huber

    Encounters in exciting environments (May 2020). Selected hightlights from the European Parks Academy (EPA) in Carinthia from 2016 to 2019, indicating that this summer university really is a format to learn, exchange and enjoy.

    European Parks Academy

    Magic moments in Carinthian conservation areas (May 2020). Selected parks and protected sites in the Chair´s surrounding, seen through the lenses of the Carinthian photographer Christopher Rossmann in spring 2020.

    Carinthian Sites (c) Christopher Rossmann

    The UNESCO Chair´s brownbag session - ‘Have lunch with us’

    Conservationists shall never eat alone. The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences invites partners and friends to lunch. We meet virtually every Wednesday at lunchtime (12.15 CET) with our brown bags. Different representatives of grassroot initiatives, international organizations, and the scholarly world as well give a short impulse on nature conservation in the 21st century and contribute to our lunchtime discussion. The statements are recorded and made available for download far beyond lunchtime. If you would like to take part virtually in a brownbag session, please contact Lilia Schmalzl via e-mail l.schmalzl[at]fh-kaernten[dot]at

    “Why does salt flower matter to conservation, Andrej?””
    Presentation by Andrej Sovinc
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    “How do local residents profit from the Entlebuch Biosphere Reserve, Florian?”"
    Florian Knaus
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    “How to recognize a homo urbanus, Elisabeth?”
    Presentation by Elisabeth Oberzaucher
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