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Paten der Nacht Austria

Association for the protection of the natural night founded


Monitoring in ice and snow

Effects of climate change in the Hohe Tauern National Park


Ybbstal Nature Park Concept

First round of workshops held


Photocontest "Forest and Innovation"

Winner of the photo contest of the "Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)"

Europarc Webinar on "Nature Restoration"

Restoring what was lost and monitoring what we restore

Mark your calendars: New Europarc Webinar!

Digital solutions for protected area management challenges

Our partner Europarc Federation has a lot to offer

Registration for the European Nature Academy is open!

We are nominated!

... for the KWF Sustainability Award 2023!


First MCA graduates



24 hours, 777 species


Steppe Whiskered Bat

First Evidence in Austria!


Induction Meeting European Nature Academy

E.C.O. - Annual Conference

New Drive for 2023!

(c) Skokanitsch-Fotografie

Scientist of the year: Franz Essl


Winter break 2022/23

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

50 Years World Heritage Commission

Anniversary celebration at Casino Baden

Mourning for Georg Grabherr

Co-founder of scientific nature conservation in Europe passed away

European Nature Academy

Applications are now open

Photo: © Biosphärenpark Nockberge

EuroMAB Conference 2022

Youth programme management & conference moderation

Education platform for Natura 2000 managers

LIFE project 'European Nature Academy' (ENA)

Award of the ‘Goldene Unke’

Competition for innovative, nature-oriented and nature-conserving projects goes into the second round


24 hours, more than 1000 species

E.C.O. celebrates 25 years

A quarter of a century for nature conservation

E.C.O. on the road

Our new electric company car

Nocturnal Life | how lively is the night?

'Lange Nacht der Forschung' (Long Night of Research)

Online Talks 21 April 2022

Insights and outlook into the Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg

EUROPARC Conference 2-6 May 2022

Become a Conference Ambassador

Certificate course 'Naturschutzfachkraft'

Congratulations to the alumni 2021/2022

We proudly present: our yearbook 2020/2021

Looking back on 2021

E.C.O. at the Autumn Fair Klagenfurt


Award ceremony of the „Goldene Unke“

Congratulations to the ÖBB for „Natur am Zug“

E.C.O. at the IUCN World Congress

Sharing experiences and networking in Marseilles

E.C.O.‘s new leading team

Official change in management

Nature conservation meets digitalisation

‘Digital Marketing and Sales’ programme successfully completed

Visiting the Natura2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg

On-site with the environment committee

'GEO-Tag der Natur'

24 hours, 1185 species

Habitat nature night

Creative ideas for nature education

200 Mio. euros for water body restoration in communities

All of us benefit from healthy rivers and streams

Wanted: viewings of rare species!

Nature observations in the Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg

Biodiversity concept for enterprises

Potential analysis for Philips Austria GmbH

‘GEO-Tag der Natur‘ 2 & 3 July 2021

Research event in the Kärntner Nockberge Biosphere Reserve

Master Programme ‘Management of Conservation Areas’

Application deadline for world bank scholarship: 21 May 2021

European Parks Academy

2021: Cancellation and revision

Fridolin, the Eagle Owl

One model for applied nature and species conservation

Starting signal for the Golden Toad Award “Goldene Unke”

Innovations around nature-friendly construction projects are called for

Winter break

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Interview Nature Dynamics

Vanessa Berger und Tobias Köstl on Radio Freequenns

'Forests in the crisis'

Independent forest report for Austria

Nature Conservation in the 21st Century

Interview with Hanns Kirchmeir

Management of Conservation Areas

New image video „Your career for our future“

‚Management of Conservation Areas‘

Virtual Infotour started

Memorable day for Austrian Natura 2000 site

Recultivating the swan mussel at Lake Wörthersee

CLEANSTONE: Project news

Udine calling

We proudly present: our yearbook

Looking back on 2019/20

CLEANSTONE: Interreg project Italy/Austria

Innovation in the natural stone industry

Good news for moor frog, whorl snail and friends

Kick-off: conservation measures for Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg

MCA: virtual infotour

Top-notch education for conservation areas

EPA: webinar series ends

Thank you and outlook

UNESCO Chair for the Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas (MCA)

Chair holder: Dr. Michael Jungmeier

‚GEO-Tag der Natur‘

24 hours, 850 species

The future of forest monitoring

Digital twin of a forest

Recultivating the swan mussel

A pilot project

Innovative conservation projects

Science put into practice

MCA: Application is open

Boost your conservation career

EPA: webinar series continues

Recordings are online

EPA: News about the webinar series

Have you already registered?

MCA: Outstanding Opportunity for World Bank Scholarship

New time schedule for Master programme Management of Conservation Areas

Monitoring amphibians 4.0

Prototype ‘e-DNA’ in use

Online workshop biodiversity - insects edition

Butterfly, bee & friends need your ideas!

MCA: new schedule

Getting started in February 2021

‘GEO-Tag der Natur‘ in July 2020

Research event in the Kärntner Nockberge Biosphere Reserve

E.C.O. goes home office

We are working from home

Information on Corona

Office update

Citizen Science Award. Get involved!

Monitoring woodpeckers at the Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg.

New publication: IUCN Green List Indicators tested in Natura 2000 site Lendspitz-Maiernigg

Positive feedback for the Natura 2000 site management Lendspitz-Maiernigg

Wanted: Professionals in Nature Conservation Management

Masters Programme 'Management of Conservation Areas' is much sought-after

European Parks Academy 2020

Treat yourself to an early bird ticket. 

Excursions into the forgotten forests of Europe

Experience world natural heritage in Austria.

A new year with new challenges

The E.C.O. Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

"We're hibernating"

The E.C.O. Team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

#UNEARTHED: One event, 1,000 ideas, many winners

Start-ups for nature conservation.

EPA: Review and Preview 2020

The European Parks Academy will take place for the fourth time in Klagenfurt in 2020: International experts, cutting-edge topics and a colourful setting.

First pentalateral UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the World

The submission of the international protected area project Mura-Drava-Danube is on the way.

#UNEARTHED19: Create your own job.

E.C.O. supports the foundation of companies for nature conservation in the 21st century with a new event format.

MMCA: Final Call for your Application

The application deadline for the next round of the master programme "Management of Conservation Areas" ends on November 30.

MMCA: Crowdfunding, river dolphin and mountain gorilla - MCA on Tour

Information afternoons on the master programme in Management of Conservation Areas in Vienna (14.10.), Klagenfurt (7.11.), Berne (21.11.), and Frankfurt (27.11.)

MMCA/EPA: For Forest. Science meets art. Art meets science.

Hanns Kirchmeir gives a lecture at the Klagenfurt stadium on forest in climate change.

MMCA: Scientific excellence and international network

At the beginning of October, the scientific and international advisory boards of the master programme "Management of Conservation Areas" are constituted.

MMCA and EPA: "Qualification is the key to Earth-Shot"

Austrian training programmes "Management of Conservation Areas" and "European Parks Academy" presented at Europe’s marketplace

MMCA: Come and join us at the information afternoon!

The Management of Conservation Areas course will be presented in Vienna on 14 October

EPA – First-class programme for “Nature conservation in the 21st century”

An international team is preparing the European Parks Academy (EPA) 2020

MMCA: Apply now – Support for less developed countries

The Carinthia University of Applied Sciences assists exceptional talents from economically disadvantaged countries to participate in the master’s degree in the Management of Conservation Areas

Jobs for "Nature Conservation in the 21st Century"

E.C.O. provides online information on job and development opportunities

MMCA – Time plan is set

Master programme "Management of Conservation Areas" starts in February 2020

EPA: Bundled expertise in Klagenfurt

The European Parks Academy 2019 in retrospect.

MMCA – Excellence has many names

Master's programme "Management of Conservation Areas" presents three accompanying committees

MSc “Management of Conservation Areas” – Answers to FaQ

The management team of the programme answers frequently asked questions

With student power to the “third mission” in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Science_Linknockberge invites students to the “Weekend of the Research Question”

Professionals urgently needed for nature conservation management

Highly qualified knowledge workers for the conservation areas of the future: Master's programme “Management of Conservation Areas”

Training as an Expert

European Parks Academy (E.P.A.) full lecturer board is confirmed


E.C.O. presents …

New E.P.A. video story

New publication: On Protected Areas in the Anthropocene

What we (should) know about conservation in the 21st century and why UNESCO biosphere reserves (will) play a big role

Innovative educational formats for all

E.C.O. participates in the Educational Summer Lab

We proudly present …

New poster sets the mood for MCA

"Earth Day": Qualifications in Nature Conservation

New newsletter informs about training in nature conservation

“Magic Moments” in “Best of Austria”

Austrian protected areas pool their wealth of experience


“Wanted: Investigative spirit!”

Young talents complete internships at E.C.O.

SMART Training

GIZ Project BIOME (Biodiversity Monitoring Ethiopia)

GEO-DAY of Nature 2019

Registration now possible!

Save the Date!

European Parks Academy 2019

New Master Program

Management of Conservation Areas

Certificate course “Nature Conservation Operator”

Presentation of final theses


Successfully completed!

GEO-Day of Nature

A magnifying glass on our native biodiversity!

Our yearbooks are finished

Reminiscing the past year

European Parks Academy

Academy lecturers confirmed!

Long Night of Research

An ode to science

5 countries – 1 goal

E.C.O. in the world’s biggest conservation area

GEO-Day of Nature

Join the event!

European Parks Academy 2018

Registration open!

Merry Christmas

The team of E.C.O. wishes you happy holidays

Game of Clones

Following the tracks of Japanese Knotgras

UNESCO Inscription

Austria’s first UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site

European Parks' Academy

First round successfully concluded!

E.C.O. celebrates anniversary

A good reason to celebrate: E.C.O. 20th Anniversary

Detailed programme available

Excellent trainers & practice oriented modules at the European Parks´ Academy in Klagenfurt

New perspectives

Three new staff members moved into the new International Office at Lakeside Park

Our new website is online!

We are pleased to present you the new website of E.C.O.

The team is growing

European Parks' Academy

Learn – exchange - enjoy in an inspiring environment: European Parks Academy in Klagenfurt

Team trip 2015

Wellness reward for E.C.O. biking team

The team of E.C.O. was awarded a free fitness- and wellness day for biking to work in May.

Grand opening at Finkensteiner Moor

New interactive infopoint is formally opened

GEO Biodiversity Day in June at the Lendspitz

The Natura-2000-site „Lendspitz-Maiernigg“ in Klagenfurt serves as this year‘s hotspot of field research on June 12th and 13th.

New paths 2015

New publication

Smile please!

Mobile stand National Parks Austria

Africa, Africa

Special Edition

Special edition of the “International Journal of Sustainable Society” was published on the “Contribution of Protected Areas to Sustainability”

The future we want

Student internship at E.C.O. 2013

New publication: Natur und Mensch in der Schütt

Die Bergsturzlandschaft im Naturpark zwischen Dobratsch und Gail

New publication

Knowledge, parks and cultures – Volume 5 in the series „Proceedings in the Management of Protected Areas“ published

Certification according to ISO standard...

E.C.O is now ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified…

New zest for the New Year...

E.C.O. office away day in Brückl


Starting the new E.C.O. year together…

Our start to the New Year with friends and clients of the office

A pleasure shared …

Georg Grabherr is scientist of the year 2012

And the winner is ...

The university certificate programme “Management of Protected Areas” is awarded the prestigious Binding Prize

Knowledge is Power

EUROPARC opens new library on protected area management

First quarter mastered!

New start in former homeland a success

Officially designated

Salzburger Lungau und Kärntner Nockberge Biosphere Reserve

Focus on further education

New skills at E.C.O.

Well done, Christian!

An E.C.O. member of staff has passed an exam

MPA goes overseas

Cooperation Klagenfurt – Manila

Benvenuta Chiara!

Italian weeks at E.C.O.

MPA 2012 launched

The 4th edition of the MSc Study Course is underway

TRÖK in February

Bird watching in Velden

Research Award for E.C.O.

E.C.O. Germany wins “premio per tesi di laurea” award

MPA in Venice

The Lagoon as a Classroom

Guest Performance

Project Management Seminar at Greifswald University

Farewell 2009, Welcome 2010

New Year’s Reception at E.C.O.

Holiday Programme

Wintery trip to Millstatt

Without Make-up

New Course

Management of Protected Areas

Guests from Turkmenistan

Aschgabat – Klagenfurt

Project Summer 2009

c.u. in klu!

Biosphere Reserves Ethiopia

Michael Jungmeier took part in a tour of experts.

Hello Bavaria!

Karwendel Alpine Park looking across the border.

Awarded Bernd

E.C.O. employee receives Austrian National Park Research Award.

Visit to UNESCO

New face at E.C.O.

Manuela pulls the strings behind the scenes.

TRÖK outdoors

“Treffpunkt Ökologie” goes outdoors

E.C.O. is now ten years old!

E.C.O. invites to celebrate …

Varied Group of Guesta at E.C.O.

The new course “Management of Protected Areas” has started.

Best of Luck, E.C.O. Rumänien!

Office is opened in Cluj/Klausenburg

Addition to E.C.O.

Suddenly, the E.C.O. team receives strong reinforcements.

The Future of Protected Areas

The first intense education for the “Management of Protected Areas” has come to a festive end.

Not just a piece of cake!

We celebrate our successes with sweets from Stuchetz.

Did You Know?

Knowledge management consulting process successfully concluded

Buenos dias, España

Lectureship at the Universities of Madrid


The Nockberge mountains are on the way to becoming a biosphere reserve.

What People Are Talking About

Communication is upheld in the natural parks of South Tyrol.

Natur Park Ahoy

Planning for the Weissbach nature park completed

Success of HABITALP

Final conference of the HABITALP project on 13th and 14th September in Berchtesgaden