European Wilderness Academy Dayst

Research in Protected Areas and Wilderness! Come, contribute and learn!

The 6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017 – Salzburg, Austria will be held next year in on 2-4 November 2017.

This is an opportunity for everybody, who is interested in protected areas and wilderness, present and discuss topics which are highly significant for protected areas and are currently taken up by research. The manifold aspects of the interrelation between protection aims, protected area management and the impacts on nature, society and the regional economy in times of transition form is the general thematic base of this international conference, held every four years since 1996.

Protected areas offer opportunities to study the unique attributes of nature and natural processes. Quality wilderness research and monitoring allows park managers to make appropriate and smart decisions. Important is that in protected areas research and monitoring activities should be no invasive in their character.

said Max A. E. Rossberg, Chairman of European Wilderness Society.

It is truth because particularly in a recent history the early Europeans wilderness stewards did not have a large amount of research and monitoring resources so they relied on instinct and personal experience to guide them. Wilderness stewards today have access to a growing body of literature related to defining, managing, and monitoring wilderness.

Wilderness research and monitoring explores complex as well as long-term natural and social issues related to wilderness stewardship. It is a catalyst for synergistic, interdisciplinary activities that addresses the many issues that confronts wilderness stewards.

So please come and contribute!

All information on this subject can be found here.

So please do not hesitate! The deadline to present your suggestions for themed sessions is 31 October 2016 online on


About Author

Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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