German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Master course Module on International Nature Conservation

Module on International Nature Conservation for Master Students 2017

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“A great opportunity to learn about new topics, learn from people working in "real-life" conservation, meet people with different views.” – student about the module 2017

Vilm, 13.02.2017  Master students studying in Germany came together from 5 - 11 February 2017 on the Isle of Vilm to learn more about international nature conservation. Their academic knowledge from master programmes such as “Global Change Management” (Eberswalde University) or “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation” (Greifswald University) was supplemented with insights from practice by experts in the field of nature conservation. Furthermore, the seminar gave the chance for networking among other soon-to-be environmentalists, cultural exchange and getting to know possible fields of future employment.

The module “International Nature Conservation” has taken place at INA for students of participating master programmes every year since 2011. A wide range of subjects including marine conservation, management planning, international conventions, biodiversity and climate change, sustainable use as well as relevant aspects of legislation, economics and finance are covered during the one-week full-time module, giving a holistic view on the issue of international nature conservation.

The module consists of presentations, sufficient time for questions and a lot of participative elements such as discussions, group work and simulation games (e.g. a CBD-COP-simulation) to ensure an interesting and interactive week.

The BfN will further develop and improve this module in order to offer such a “very encouraging, motivating, enriching time” (quote from the final evaluation) to more young adults who shape our future in the area of international nature conservation.