Opportunities for Further Qualification in Environmental Communication in Protected Areas

Hristina Bancheva-Preslavska*
University of Forestry, Department of Ecology, Protection and Remediation of the Environment, 10 Kliment Ohridski Blvd., 1756 Sofia, BULGARIA
*Corresponding author: h.bancheva@ltu.bg
Abstract. Environmental communication is a nature conservation tool that uses communication approaches, principles, strategies and techniques, involving different social and age groups. The interaction with people is essential for efficient environmental protection and prevention, thus practitioners more often need to communicate environmental problems and solutions with children, adults, citizens and the society as a whole. In this regard, the study aims to identify opportunities for further qualification of university students and to verify an environmental communication training program in protected areas. Based on a literature research, a training program was developed, implemented and evaluated in "Vrachansky Balkan" Nature Park with a group of 18-29 years old youngsters. The results show demand for environmental communication skills and confirm the potential of the training program. Young people share that the acquired competences open new perspectives for their professional development. The study underlines the importance of such qualification for environmentalists and recommends its integration in their curriculum, its provision from nature and national park administrations, regional inspectorates of environment and water, centers of continuing education.
Key words:  environmental communication, protected areas, education for sustainable development.

Ecologia Balkanica, 2019, Special Edition 2, pp. 1-7
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