University Centre for Protected Area Research (CEPAR)
was established at Birkbeck in 1998 to integrate a range of
research, consultancy and training activities in protected
area policy and management.
CEPAR is a constituent research centre of
the joint Birkbeck/UCL Bloomsbury Institute of the Natural
Environment (BINE) and of Birkbeck's own Institute
of Environment. CEPAR enjoys strong links with
other academic institutions within the University of London,
with UK statutory countryside and conservation organisations
(such as the Countryside Agency and English Nature) and with
non-governmental organisations (including the National Trust).
CEPAR has strong links within European and
international bodies, including the IUCN World Commission
on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Federation of Nature and
National Parks of Europe (EUROPARC). A particular focus of
CEPAR is the role of protected areas in environmental protection
and sociopolitical change, particularly in central and south-eastern
Europe. Through the Centre's links with institutions in the
region, we have developed considerable expertise in natural
and cultural heritage protection in the area. Elements
of the postgraduate training programme have been offered in
collaboration with several institutions in the region, including
the University of Ljubljana.
CEPAR's core staff specialise in management planning,
sustainable tourism, education and interpretation, environmental
policy and politics, agri-environmental policy, and sustainable
rural development, with particular reference to the operation
of European protected areas.
CEPAR also draws on a wide multi-disciplinary range
of associate staff whose skills and expertise have been harnessed
in a variety of research, consultancy and training activities.
For details of the forthcoming (Autumn 2008) Free Public Lecture
click here or on the link below.
2008 FREE LECTURE SERIES
(for students and associates)