European Wilderness Days Programme

Wed, Oktober 1

Registration and Plenary Sessions
    • 09:00 – 11:00 Registration of the delegates
    • 11:00– 11:00 Official Opening of the European Wilderness Academy Days
    • 11:00 – 11:40 European Premiere of the film “Call of the Wild” by Ben Hamilton
    • 11:40 – 12:00 Keynote Speech by Victoria Hassler; Austrian Ministry of Environment
    • 12:00 – 12:15 Welcome Note by Zoltan Kun, Chairman of the European Wilderness Society
    • 12:15 – 14:00 Session: Policy for improving wilderness conservation in Europe and beyond
    • 14:05 – 15:50 Session: Wilderness Policy in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and United Kingdom
    • 15:55 – 16:40 Coffee-break with Kaiserschmarrn and roasted plum sauce
    • 16:45 – 17:30 Session: The European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit System and ist practical implications for potential Wilderness Areas in Europe
    • 18:30 – 19:30 Poster-Session
    • 19:30– 21:00 Special Presentation by Vasil Mochan : Wilderness preservation in times of political turmoil with a special focus on Chernobyl. Dinner with regional and local specialities including Kasnocken and roasted Knödel with Sauerkraut
    • 21:00– 24:00 Meet-and-Greet
    • 09:00 – 11:00 Registration of the delegates
    • 11:00– 11:00 Official Opening of the European Wilderness Academy Days
    • 11:00 – 11:40 European Premiere of the film “Call of the Wild” by Ben Hamilton
    • 11:40 – 12:00 Keynote Speech by Victoria Hassler; Austrian Ministry of Environment
    • 12:00 – 12:15 Welcome Note by Zoltan Kun, Chairman of the European Wilderness Society
    • 12:15 – 14:00 Session: Policy for improving wilderness conservation in Europe and beyond
    • 14:05 – 15:50 Session: Wilderness Policy in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and United Kingdom
    • 15:55 – 16:40 Coffee-break with Kaiserschmarrn and roasted plum sauce
    • 16:45 – 17:30 Session: The European Wilderness Quality Standard Audit System and ist practical implications for potential Wilderness Areas in Europe
    • 18:30 – 19:30 Poster-Session
    • 19:30– 21:00 Special Presentation by Vasil Mochan : Wilderness preservation in times of political turmoil with a special focus on Chernobyl. Dinner with regional and local specialities including Kasnocken and roasted Knödel with Sauerkraut
    • 21:00– 24:00 Meet-and-Greet

Thu, October 2

Field trip to the wilderness National Park Hohe Tauern
  • 7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 16:30 Excursion into the National Park Hohe Tauern proposed Wilderness Area. Please bring good footwear and be prepared for changing weather.
  • 17:30 – 18:30 Poster Session
  • 18:30– 20:00 Dinner in the Conference Centre
  • 20:00– 24:00 European Wilderness Film Festival showcasing “Wild Things”, “Wolf Mountains”, “Wolf Spirit “ and “Call of the Wild” – Open Bar.

Fri, October 3

Plenary Sessions plus Special Presentations
  • 7:30 – 08:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 – 10:30 Wilderness Track 1: Education and training for Managers of Protected and Wilderness Areas Wilderness Track 2: Wilderness Communication strategies and its challenges
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 13:00 Wilderness Track 1: New Allies: Multi-stakeholder Approach, Local Communities, and regional players Wilderness Track 2: Improving Wilderness Policy and the legislative framework for successful Wilderness Protection on a European and National level
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch with regional specialties and local products including Fritatensuppe, Kaspressknödel Suppe and fresh baked Bread with Speck, local cheeses and sweets
  • 14:35 – 16:35 Wilderness Track 1: Wildlife and human interaction with a focus on carnivores Wilderness Track 2: Pan European Green Corridor Network and its challenges
  • 16:40 – 17:00 European Wilderness Convention and message to the World Parks Congress 2014 in Sydney
  • 17:00 – 17:15 Closing remarks and proposal for the European Wilderness Days 2015
  • 18:30 Gala dinner with closing remarks by Ladislav Miko and presentation of the Wilderness Diplomas

Sat, October 4

Field Trip to the Grossglockner glacier
  • The effect of climate change on glacier landscapes in the National Park Hohe Tauern.

  • Visit of the Glockner Glacier Pasterze

  • Visit of the Visitor Center Franz Josefs Höhe

  • Departure
Wilderness is nowhere as important as it is in Europe, the world´s most densely populated continent. The good news is that, in the last 20 years, great and critical strides have occurred to help raise awareness of and protect wild nature… but the work has just begun. Events like the European Wilderness Academy Days are the force needed to continue and build this momentum. We all need to join, assist, and promote this important event. Vance G. Martin

President, Wild Foundation USA

Optimism about wilderness in Europe is on the rise, not least being the formation of the European Wilderness Society who are the focal point for the protection of true wilderness in Europe, but it is clear that there is still much work to be done. The differing approaches to wilderness and wild- life across national borders creates a need for better coordination and partnerships. The Wilderness Days conferences will help maintain the momentum of recent work and are a wonderful opportunity for wilderness protagonists, researchers and practitioners to meet, share ideas and examples of best practice, form and renew partnerships, coordinate actions and take these forward. 

Stephen Carver

WIldlands Research Institute UK

Spätestens seit der Wildniskonferenz 2009 in Prag schlägt das Herz der Europäischen Naturschutzpolitik nun auch für die letzten ‘wilden’ Landstriche unseres Kontinents. Der Nationalparkverwaltung Hohe Tauern in Mittersill ist es eine große Freude, zahlreiche Wildnis Experten bei der ersten großen Zusammenkunft der European Wilderness Society begrüßen zu dürfen und damit auch dem eigenen Engagement im Schutz der Wildnis wieder neue Impulse geben zu können. Wolfgang Urban

Direktor , Nationalpark Hohe Tauern