6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017


February 2017

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National Parks Austria (www.nationalparksaustria.at) and Hohe Tauern National Park (www.hohetauern.at) are pleased to invite you to present your latest protected areas research at the
6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas, 2 - 3 November 2017.

The symposium will be held at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria.


At this symposium researchers, protected areas managers, as well as individuals from government, business, non-governmental organizations and the general public, who are interested in protected areas, may 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 the general thematic base of this international conference, held every four years since 1996.

Six of Austria's most ecologically valuable regions have been designated as national parks. They reflect the great diversity of this Central European country: high mountains, forests, water and riparian marshes, and steppes. Austria is part of two biogeographic regions: the alpine and the continental, and most of the Austrian national parks are part of two important regional networks for protected areas: ALPARC and DanubePARKS. In close cooperation with these regional networks, and supported by scientific institutions, we are looking for entries across the entire geographic region from the Western Alps to the Danube Delta.

Call for presentation proposals

We invite you to submit your proposals for presentations for the themed sessions listed below. Please enter your proposal no later than 27 March 2017 using the online-form. You may only select one theme.

Please enter keywords and a short description of your proposed presentation. Please state if you are prepared to present a poster instead of a presentation. Both oral presentations and posters are listed in the conference program as well as in the conference volume. There will also be a poster award for the three best posters. Following a review, the organizers will decide on the conference programme which will be finalized by the end of June 2017.

Please note: short session-descriptions see download file below!

Parks & People
a) Park objectives in transformation: What are parks for and why do we want them?
b) Integrated planning and management policies for protected areas - a European perspective
c) Zoning in strategic planning and management of protected areas and their surroundings
d) Parks and people - reconciling park management with local and regional development - activities on the ground

Parks & land use
e) Sustainable agriculture in protected areas
f) Protected areas governance and ecosystem services
g) Protected areas' landscapes as resources for human health and well-being
h) Protected forest areas - lessons learned from long-term research

Parks & management
i) Progress in long-term research and monitoring
j) Managing wildlife in and around protected areas
k) Conservation conflicts in protected areas
l) Human-wildlife conflict management and resolution
m) Bridging science and management in protected areas

Parks & biodiversity
n) Biodiversity shifts in a changing climate
o) Endemic species - a neglected biodiversity treasure?!
p) Biodiversity - conservation in protected areas
q) Wilderness and process dynamics
r) Ecological connectivity

Parks & water
s) Alpine headwaters and lakes
t) Fluvial landscapes in protected areas
u) The cryosphere in a warming climate

Please note

Conference language will be English.
There will be no refunding of costs for travelling, accommodation and meals that are not included in the conference. We are unable to award grants.


If you have any questions, please contact:
Conference Secretary
Hohe Tauern National Park Salzburg
Gerlos Straße 18/2
A-5730 Mittersill
Email: symposium2017@salzburg.gv.at
phone: +43 (0)6562 40849