German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Master course INC 2020

Master course: Students expand their knowledge of current topics and instruments in international nature conservation

25 international students took part in an education programme on international nature conservation | Photo: BfN
25 international students | Photo: BfN

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 6 March 2020: 25 international students from various German universities took part in an education programme on international nature conservation on the Isle of Vilm, in the week of 23 to 29 February. The module offered by the International Academy for Nature Conservation (INA) is integrated as a compulsory or optional module in 17 master's courses at eleven German universities.

The five-day course "International Nature Conservation" offers students insights into essential instruments, concepts and actors of international nature conservation and the opportunity to network with experts and with each other. This year's focus was on global trends in biodiversity, international conventions, protected areas, management effectiveness of protected areas, strategic planning of conservation projects, marine conservation and social aspects of nature conservation. Moreover, the students were able to discuss their own experiences in nature conservation in their home countries and get to know potential fields of work and employers.

In addition to input from experts, the module relies on interactive and participatory forms of learning and teaching such as discussions, group work, planning and simulation games. "The course is a great addition to the study programme at the university" and "a good opportunity for international students to get a broad overview of the challenges of nature conservation on an international level and to network", said participants of this year's master module.

The module has been held once a year at the INA since 2011 and will be continuously developed further in order to continue to offer students such a "motivating, instructive and inspiring time" and to enable young adults to help shape international nature conservation.

Information about the module and the participating master's programs: