European Wilderness Society (EWS)

Wilderness Webinars


The Wilderness Protection movement had its origin in the destruction of the Pacific North West Forest between 1850 and the 1930. This triggered not only the creation of the first National Park but also Aldo Leopold and Arthur Carhart to review the German based Dauerwald idea for sustainable forestry. The result of this lengthy process what not only the US Wilderness Act of 1964 but also the European Parliament Wilderness resolution of 2009.

Recommended: Wilderness has a wide diversity of interpretation

The European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audio System

In this webinar the European Wilderness Quality Standard and Audit System, the 10 principles, the 57 criteria and the indicators are presented. Also the step-wise approach on the development of a wild area to a Wilderness according to the Wilderness Continuum is being presented.

Recommended: European wilderness quality standard and audio system and Wilderness stewardship

Introduction to selected WILDERNESS Areas all across Europe

In this webinar the EWS presented some portraits of selected european wilderness areas.

Youtube-Link 1: "Wilderness in Germany"

Youtube-Link 2: "The last true wilderness"

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WILDERNESS Stewardship in protected areas

The growing experience of wilderness conservation in Europe in the last few years has proved a need to communicate about and gradually shift from wilderness management to wilderness stewardship. The reason for that ist that wilderness stewardship is fundamentally a more holistic approach than wilderness manegement and better fits the needs of wilderness conservation. In the practice it means it means that managers must first determine whether there ist a need for any management action at all.

Youtube-Link: "Identity and pro-environmental behaviour. What really drives pro-environmental behaviour?"

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Simone Angelucci, Head of Department of Majella National Park, Italy presents how Majella National Park manages Wolf Conservation and Eco-Health of the park's inhabitants.

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Webinarreihe: Multiperspektivischer Blick auf die Biodiversität im Wald

Biodiversität im Wirtschaftswald - die Zukunft der Wälder im Klimawandel

Gerald Blaich, Oberförster des Stifts Zwettl, berichtete darüber, wie er "seinen" Wald naturnah, nachhaltig und zukunftsfähig bewirtschaftet.

Empfohlen: Erstes Webinar zum Thema Biodiversität im Wald

Forest Management in the Carpathians / waldmanagement in den Karpaten

In this webinar Vlado Vancura form the European Wilderness Society presents the history of forestry in Slovakia, how it impacted the forests we know today and what the potential threats for the future are.

Empfohlen: Waldmanagement in den Karpaten

Positiver Einfluss grosser Beutegreifer auf den Wald

In diesem Webinar teilt der Wildbiologe Vlado Trulik seine Naturführer- und Monitoringerfahrungen im Mala Fatra Nationalpark (Slowakei) und die Erkenntnisse, die er daraus gewonnen hat. Der Vortrag wird durch anschauliche Kamerafallenfotos und Videos unterstützt.

Empfohlen: Der positive Einfluss großer Beutegreifer auf den Wald

Wo der Wolf jagt, wächst der Wald

In diesem Webinar teilt Marco Heurich, Professor für Wildtierökologie und Naturschutzbiologie an der Universität Freiburg, sowie Sachgebietsleiter für Besucherlenkung und Nationalparkmonitoring im Nationalpark Bayrischer Wald, Erkenntnisse aus der Forschung. Mit anschaulichen Beispielen erklärt er die Wechselwirkungen zwischen Wölfen, Schalenwild und Wald.

Nach Marco Heurich´s Präsentation hatten die Teilnehmenden die Möglichkeit, ihm Fragen zu stellen. Es ergab sich eine spannende Diskussion zwischen WildbiologInnen, ForstexpertInnen und NaturschützerInnen rund um:

- Wie beeinflusst der Wolf das Schalenwild?

- Wieso fehlen in europa noch aussagekräftige Daten um den tatsächlichen Einfluss von großen Beutegreifern auf den Wald?

- Wie können Förster, Nutztierhalter usw. im Einklang mit großen Beutegreifern leben?

Youtube-Link 1: Vortrag von Marco Heurich

Youtube-Link 2: Podiumsdiskussion mit Marco Heurich

Empfohlen: Wo der Wolf jagt, wächst der Wald

Europäische BuchenWälder, UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe und BEECH POWER als Beitrag zur Erhaltung der Biodiversiät im Wald

Markus Waldherr. Projektmanager von BEECH POWER, informiert über die Bedeutung der Buchenwälder für den Waldnaturschutz in Europa. Ein besonderes Augenmerk wird dabei auf die transnationale serielle UNESCO Weltnaturerbestätte "Alte Buchenwälder der Karpaten und anderer Regionen Europas" und das Projekt BEECH POWER gelegt.

Empfohlen: Europäische Buchenwälder, UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe und BEECH POWER als Beitrag zur Erhaltung der Biodiversität im Wald und BEECH POWER

Daseinsvorsorge durch vitale Ökosysteme am Beispiel wienerwald

Hannes Berger, Leiter der Forstverwaltung Wienerwald, zeigt uns am Beispiel des Wienerwaldes eine Form des Managements, das als ein Muster für Betriebe fungieren könnte, denn neben der Ökosystemleistung Holzproduktion haben auch andere Ökosystemleistungen einen attraktiven Markt oder werden diesen in naher Zukunft zumindest bekommen.

Empfohlen: Daseinsvorsorge durch vitale Ökosysteme am Beispiel Wienerwald

Usage of Bioacoustics in Nature Conservation Research / Bioakustik in der NaturschutzForschung

Research on animals, especially in wilderness, requires modern research methods. Bioacoustics, a cross-disciplinary science that combines biology and acoustics, is one of them. In this webinar conservation expert Vladimir Nemcek describes the methodology, gives examples and introduces the Eulen-Spiegel project.

Recommended: Bioakustik in der Naturschutzforschung and Eulen-Spiegel

NAture Conservation in Arboriculture / Artenschutz in der Baumpflege

In this Webinar Stefan Knöpfer from OrnithoClimbing shares insights into the habitat that trees provide, the importance of different tree structures for fauna and the protection status of species in Austria.

Recommended: Artenschutz in der Baumpflege and OrnithoClimbing

International Wilderness-Week 19.-23.10.2020

The International Wilderness Week took place online in October 2020. This first-of-its-kind event gathered almost 100 speakers from 30 countries across all six continents. It gave people the long-awaited chance to present their work to a wide audience after the crazy year 2020 led to the cancellation of WILD 11 and the Confererence of Parties on the UN Convention on Biological Diversity as well as the European Wilderness Society´s annual Wilderness Adademy Days.

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Wilderness Ranger Online Training: Tourism and Waste Management in Protected Areas  20.05.-17.06.2020


One of the first rangers were those working at the US National Parks as well as those active in the national forests since 1898. Rangers are the people who are most often in the field, working for the protection and conservation of protected areas. As a member of the International Ranger Federation, the European Wilderness Society is contributing to the awareness raising of the important role of rangers as well as to the training of protected areas´ staff with the purpose of supporting them to become professional rangers.


Tourism is a growing sector worldwide. Inreasingly, people are looking for outdoor experiences in a natural environment, Well-planned and effectively managed tourism can provide economic benefits and support local communities and regions, while taking into consideration its environmental impacts. The carrying capacity of the respective area should always be considered and visitor impact mitigation techniques should be applied. Effective tourism management takes into account its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, moreover, it adresses the needs of visitors as well as local communities.


The European Wilderness Society recently introduced a new initiative, called Respect Nature. Number of informational materials on Respect Nature principles and guidelines wer developed in various European languages.

The Respect Nature guidelines aim at raising awareness on how to enjoy the outdoors and wilderness and at the same time minimise our impact on it. Humans can have a strong impact on the nature around them when enjoying the outdoors. Disturbing animals, destroying vegetation, littering and trampling the soils are among the common traces we leave behind. By understanding the impact of our actions and following the nine principles of Respect Nature, we can ensure that our nature experience is centred around respect.


During our session we will present you the basic principles of nature interpretation. Interpretive guides engage their audience in an interactive analysis and provide emotions rather than the outdated method of dry, one-sided presentation of factual information. "Through interpretation - understanding, through understanding - involvement, through involvement - protection" is the main objective of nature interpretation.