736317 Applied nationalpark planning

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Mattes, Wolfgang
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Overview about legislation, responsibilities and administrative structures in Austria. The focus lies on all aspects of establishing and managing protected areas, the differences between different categories e.g. National Parks, Nature Parks, Ramsar Sites, differences within the IUCN categories, and the different forms of Nationalpark administrations in Austria. National and international institutions in Nature conservation, from IUCN to EUROPARC Federation.
Structure and implementation of management plans, shown by typical examples with different Habitat characteristics.
Strategic planning in nature conservation will show problems by designation and implementation of protected areas. The problems in communication between experts and citizens. Elements of landscape planning and public participation.

The historical approach, from the beginning of the Nationalpark idea in the United States up to the implementation in Austria and the historical chronology, ending in a general overview about the recent state of the art in Austria.

Previous knowledge expected

After clearance with the students, the course is partly blocked. A facultative excursion to a National Park administration underlines the theoretical lecture.
Previous knowledge about the Austrian legislation (e.g. about nature conservation) and the administrative structure are helpful. A voluminous script is available in the lecture together with hand outs.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Giving a general overview about the status of nature conservation in Austria, with special focus to the situation of Austrias National parks.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.