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Date(s) - 11/09/2017 - 16/09/2017
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Fiels Research Centre UHasselt

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Methods and strategies to monitor and manage human impact on urbanized protected areas (UPA)

Hasselt University is organizing the first PhD course on the management of urbanized protected areas (UPAs) integrating expertise from different disciplines.


Monitoring and management of UPA – During the last decades, outdoor recreation has become progressively more important, especially in UPA, while biodiversity continues to decline by among others human-induced stress (such as hiking, biking, etc.). Currently, the legal framework to protect ecosystems and ecosystem services is scattered around many laws. In this arena of conflicting demands, careful planning of the area, its infrastructure and activities is needed to sustain the value of UPAs. In this process, stakeholder participation and visitor management are very important, in order to develop effective management strategies.

Interdisciplinary approach – The development and implementation of effective UPA conservation management strategies requires an interdisciplinary approach. Therefore, the summer school uses building blocks from different disciplines: biology, tourism, transportation sciences, urban and landscape design, architecture, environmental law and environmental economics. National and international experts offer methodological approaches which are then to be applied by interdisciplinary teams of students who jointly work on addressing conservation management challenges.

More information and registration: website UHasselt

Date of summer school: Sept 11-16, 2017
Application deadline: May 1, 2017 (
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2017

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