Timetable

We are excited to host our Wilderness Academy 2019 in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Lungau, Austria.

Monday covers talks on a range of the latest Wilderness news, and an overview of the European Wilderness Quality Standard 2.0, launched in 2019. In the evening we celebrate with the Gala Dinner. Not to be missed!

Tuesday we take you out on a unique Wilderness excursion for the day. In the evening, dinner for all participants and the Wilderness Film Festival.

Wednesday includes workshops, and the Academy Days end with the joint development of a letter to the European Commission, and a pep talk to keep you fuelled on Wilderness for the next year!

If you’re still here on Thursday, there are additional cultural workshops developed by the European Wilderness Society Team.

 

Arrival – Sunday May, 26

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15:00 – 18:00

Cultural Center Lungau

Early registration

Welcome to all our guests.
Welcome to all our guests. Pick up a welcome pack and meet with other guests, speakers and the European Wilderness Society Team.

Day 1 – Monday May, 27

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7:30-9:00

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Registration

Welcome to all our guests.
Welcome to all our guests. Pick up a welcome pack and meet with other guests, speakers and the European Wilderness Society Team.
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09:00 – 09:30

Room 3

 

Official Welcome

Max A E Rossberg, Chairman of European Wilderness Society

Welcome and Keynote
Welcome to all our guests. 
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09:30-11:00

Parish hall

 

Session 1

Wilderness in the US and Europe
  • 55 years Wilderness Act in the United States: Differences and commonalities in the approach to Wilderness between Europe and US
  • 10 years European Wilderness Resolution: What has happened in the last 10 years?
  • 5 years European Wilderness Network: From an idea to a network with more than 40 Wilderness areas!
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11:00-11:30

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Coffeebreak

 

Coffee, tea, juice, mountain spring water and local specialities to nibble.
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11:30-13:00

Parish hall

 

Session 2

Legal issues for Wilderness in Europe

This session will focus on:

Fire management, its importance to Wilderness and how to manage and deal with it. Lessoned learned in the US on how to manage wildfires and conclusions for Europe.
The EU legislation demands actions against invasive species and disease control. How does this impact the Wilderness Stewardship and possible solutions? 

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13:00-14:30

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Lunch

 

Regional specialities included.
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13:00-14:00

Parish hall

 

Session 3

 

Launching the European Wilderness Quality Standard 2.0

The new standard for WILDCoasts, WILForests, WILDIslands, WILDRivers and Wilderness. Presentations and discussions focusing on the new principles, criteria and indicators. 

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16:00-16:30

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Coffeebreak

 

Tea, coffee, juice, spring mountain water
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16:30-18:00

Parish hall

 

Session 4

 

Wilderness Outreach Programmes

Different techniques and strategies are necessary for a successful outreach programme engaging the public and Wilderness-advocates. The session will highlight how to use WILDArt to reach new audiences and how to effectively engage the youth. It will also look at Wilderness Exchange Programmes and training in Europe and the US for professionals.

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16:30-18:00

Cultural Center Lungau

 

 European Wilderness Anniversary Gala Dinner

 

Celebrate European Wilderness with us!

Join us as we honour 5 years of European Wilderness Society, 10 years of Wilderness in Europe and 55 years US Wilderness Act. Celebrate with local musicians, locally brewed beer and homemade juices, and some delicious regional specialities. Not to be missed!

Day 2 – Tuesday May, 28

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07:00-16:00

Cultural Center Lungau Depart

Excursion 1

RAMSAR Peatbogs

The peatbogs at the Überling were once formed by a tributary of the Mur glacier. In total the region is comprised of 40 bogs which contribute significantly towards the biodiversity of the area, and is also part of the Biosphere Reserve Core Zone. This is also one of the most unique RAMSAR areas of Austria. This excursion will include a guided hike through the peat bogs.

To bring:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Hiking clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Daypack
  • Drinking bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Small snacks
  • Money for a snack/drink at the alpine hut (optional)
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
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07:00-17:00

Cultural Center Lungau Depart

Excursion  2

Core zone of the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, WILDRivers and WILDLakes

This challenging hike will take you into the Nationalpark Hohe Tauern Core zone. We will pass by the Karwassensee and Schwarzensee (Alpine lakes) and cross over the ridge to the origin of the Mur River, where you will then enjoy the downhill hike following the path of the River. 

To bring:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Hiking clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Daypack
  • Drinking bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Small snacks
  • Money for a snack/drink at the alpine hut (optional)
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
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07:00-18:00

Cultural Center Lungau Depart

 

Excursion  3

Alpine hiking - Climbing 3000m Großer Hafner

The Großer Hafner is the highest peak in the region, and your hike up will be rewarded with magnificent views. An experienced mountain guide will assess your fitness before this hike and will also accompany us on this day long trek.

To bring:

  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Hiking clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Daypack
  • Drinking bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Small snacks
  • Money for a snack/drink at the alpine hut (optional)
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
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18:00-19:00

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Dinner

Dinner for all our guests before the Film Festival.

Enjoy some regional tasty food after a day long excursion into some of the finest Wilderness and Wild Areas of the Biosphere Reserve Lungau.

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19:00-22:30

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Wilderness Film Festival

Join us in the evening as we feature a selection of award-winning films.

Join us in the evening as we feature a selection of award-winning Wilderness and large carnivore films. This event is also open to the public.

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 29

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9:00-10:30

 

Parish hall

 

Session 5 (Workshop)

 

European Outdoor Ethics Programme: Managing Tourism in Wilderness

The European Wilderness Society is a certified Leave No Trace Trainer, for individuals keen to learn more on how to experience Wilderness and Nature through the ethos ‘take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints’. As the Leave No Trace programme is very much tailored to the US nature experience philosophy, the European Outdoor Ethics programme was developed and will be officially launched in 2019. This workshop will introduce you to the principles, criteria and certification and we will explore the impact tourism has on Wilderness and Protected Areas in general. 

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10:30-11:00

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Coffeebreak

Coffee, tea, juice, mountain spring water and local specialities to nibble.
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11:00-12:30

 

Parish hall

 

Session 6 (Workshop)

European Beech Forest Network

The European Beech Forst Network represents more than 100 Beech Forest Segments in Europe including the almost 80 areas that are part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Serial site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”. In this workshop we will analyse and discuss the challenges these areas are facing from a tourism management point of view but also the lack of management of some of these sites in general. It will also look at the link back to the new European Wilderness Quality Standard 2.0 WILDForest category, which was inspired by the European Beech Forest Network. 

  • Tourist impact
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Wild forest and world heritage
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12:30-13:00

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Certificate Ceremony and Group Picture

 

Wilderness Academy Certificates for all participants!

An opportunity to celebrate participants and all you have learnt over the Wilderness Academy Days 2019.

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13:00-14:30

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Lunch

 

Regional specialities included!
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14:30-15:30

 

Parish hall

 

Session 7 (Workshop)

 

European Wilderness Network

With more than 40 areas being part of the European Wilderness Network, we will in this workshop look at some of the interesting challenges and opportunities these Wilderness areas face and how they address them. We will also explore the possibilities of future project coordination and Wilderness know-how exchange programmes.

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15:30-16:00

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Coffeebreak

 

Coffee, tea, juice and mountain spring water.
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16:00-17:30

 

Parish hall

 

Session 8 (Workshop)

 

Summary Workshop

We will discuss in this workshop several of the issues raised during the last three days and develop upon this a statement which we will address to the European Commission. We will also discuss the topics of the next Wilderness Academy Days and we will then hand over the anniversary gifts. 

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17:30.18:00

 

Cultural Center Lungau

 

Farewell Pep-Talk

What have we learnt and what will the next steps for European Wilderness be?
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19:00-21:00

 

Restaurant Tamsweg

 

Optional Dinner

 

You are welcome to join for the last evening of Wilderness Academy 2019!

Additional Day – Thursday, May 30

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9:30AM – 12:00

 

Room 2

 

Wilderness Writing Workshop

By Rebecca Hollely, European Wilderness Society

Free hands on workshop!

If nature could speak, what would it say and how would we write about it? This is a hand-on workshop exploring the power of words.

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9:30AM – 12:00

 

Room 2

 

Leave no Trace Training 

By Verena Gruber, European Wilderness Society

Free hands on workshop!

How can we minimise our impact when we visit wild places? Join Verena Gruber, Leave No Trace trainer as she explores how to enjoy Wilderness and leave it intact for future visitors.

 

Register Now!

 

Early bird ticket sales are available until 31st March.

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UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Salzburger Lungau