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Training for Staff Members of Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe in the Implementation of Volunteers in Park Programmes

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This study aims to present a critical analysis of the project “training of staff members in the protected areas for implementation of volunteers in park programs”, realized during January 2005 – February 2007, with financial support from “The Italian Ministry for the Environment” and organized by REC and the Italian NGO L'Umana Dimora Onlus. According to the local NGO representatives and the staff of the protected areas, it is undeniable that fundamental changes have taken place towards the universe, life, and events at the end of the two-week training programme for the participant groups, although the training period was somewhat short.

The facilitating factors at the start of the project conception and its ease of implementation, mostly depended on the projects that were implemented by the Italian NGO L'Umana Dimora Onlus in 2003: “training programme for young environmentalist leaders 2003” and “training for young experts”; on the existence of prior activities towards volunteers in Abruzzo (Lazio and Molise) National Park; and on the request and wishes received from Central and Eastern European parks for the implementation of volunteer programs.

The project, in which the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and Abruzzo National Park (Lazio and Molise) participated as partners, aimed to equip the local NGO members and the staff of the protected areas with specific knowledge and information about the volunteers programmes; to establish “volunteers in park programmes” in North European countries; and to provide a means for the public to contribute to the preservation and management of the natural resources.

The Project team was formed by Dr. Lucia Margaritelli (Project Manager), Dr. Alessandra Nasti (Project Assistant), Dr. Pietro Graziani (Project Assistant), Dr. Antonella Ciarletta (Private Teacher), Dr. Gianni Netto (Principal of the Training School) and Dr. Claudio Manco (Director of the Volunteers Programme), and the project activities included selection of the National Parks for implementation, selection of participants from among park staff and the local public who had direct interest in the parks, the design and the delivery of the training program, and evaluation of the training programme.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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