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Management of protected areas and Natura 2000

CEEweb Academy was organized in 24-29 August 2006, in Bulgaria (more precisely, in the town of Kiten, at the Black sea coast in the area of the mouth of the Ropotamo river). The topic of the event was: Strengthening civil participation in the implementation of EU nature conservation directives through the experiences gained by the 10 new Member States.

The following topics were covered: Management of protected areas (Sustainable land use, Preparing management plans, Responsibilities, Tourism as a tool of management) and Natura 2000 (Background of Natura 2000, Creation of Natura 2000 network, Management of Natura 2000, Financing Natura 2000, Natura 2000 impact assessment). Based on the lectures and the participants’ experiences, there was discussion on the best possible implementation of Natura 2000.

The event was implemented in an incredibly picturesque place at the Black sea coast. In the surrounding areas, in a radius of 10-15 km, there are at least 10 protected areas, including Ramsar sites, nature reserves, as well as all interesting sub-Mediterranean communities.

The location of the meeting as well as the accomodation was in Hotel Kamenec

Agenda

List of participants

Short summaries of the presentations:

Ecosystem services management, Klára Hajdu, CEEweb

Ecosystem approach, Klára Hajdu, CEEweb

Management and preparing management plans, with a special focus on Natura 2000, Inga Racinska, Latvian Fund for Nature

Natura 2000 and NGOs in the Czech Republic, Mojmir Vlasin, Veronica

Military training areas and Natura 2000 in Czechia, Mojmir Vlasin, Veronica

Activities of Young Researches of Serbia regarding Natura 2000: Work on Ramsar sites, Obedskabara wetland. Maja Tesic, Young Researches of Serbia

Current situation of Natura 2000 in Romania, Tamás Papp, Milvus Group

Natura 2000 preparation procedure in Bulgaria, Simeon Marin, Green Balkans

Background of Natura 2000. How the system is built up, its strengths, how it works. Changes in Natura 2000, as a result of new countries accession, Simeon Marin, Green Balkans

Tourism as a tool of management – Experiences of NGOs dealing with protected area management and sustainable tourism development Stephanie Roth, Ecological Tourism in Europe (ETE), Germany

Preservation, conservation, restoration of forests, grasslands, wetlands, Anton Gazenbeek, independent expert

LIFE + regulation, Anton Gazenbeek, independent expert

How Natura 2000 helps to protect wetland habitats and species in Slovakia – presentation of the LIFE Nature Project “Restoration of the Wetlands of Zahorie Lowland” by Jaromir Sibl, BROZ

Preparation of Natura 2000 in Croatia. By Gabrijela Medunic-Orlic, Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce, Split, Croatia

GREEN BELT VELEBIT – Green Action work in protected areas, Petra Djuric, Green Action, Croatia

Natura 2000 impact assessment. Theory: on the base of EC Manual for N2000 impact assessment. Practical problems of appropriate implementation to the national law, Anna Liro, Ministry of the Environment, Poland

Presentation slides

Thursday, 24 August

Topic: management of protected areas

Sustainable use of biodiversity: principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity (Klára Hajdu, CEEweb)

Preservation, conservation, restoration of forests, grasslands, wetlands (Anton Gazenbeek)

Ecosystem services management – linking ecology and economics (Klára Hajdu, CEEweb)

Management and preparing management plans, with a special focus on Natura 2000 sites (Inga Racinska, Latvian Fund for Nature)

Experiences of NGOs dealing with protected area management:

Pawel Pawlaczyk, Naturalists Club Poland

Petra Djuric, Green Action, Croatia

Maja Tesic, Young Researchers of Serbia

Mojmir Vlasin, Veronica, Czech Republic
Jaromir Sibl, BROZ, Slovakia

Tourism as a tool of management. Experiences of NGOs dealing with protected area management on areas focused by tourism (Stephanie Roth, Ecological Tourism in Europe)

Saturday, 26 August

Topic: Natura 2000, creation of Natura 2000 network

Background of Natura 2000. How the system is built up, its strenghts, how it works. Changes in Natura 2000, as a result of new countries accession. (Simeon Marin, Green Balkans Bulgaria)

Presentation on the state of play in the accession countries:

preparation procedure in Bulgaria (Simeon Marin, Green Balkans),

Romania (Tamás Papp, Milvus Group)

and Croatia (Gabrijela Medunic-Orlic, SUNCE)

NGOs’ role in the procedure of creating Natura 2000 network. Experiences and lessons from the 10 new EU MSs, comparison of some different experiences.

Andrzej Kepel, Salamandra and Pawel Pawlaczyk, Naturalists Club Poland
Mojmir Vlasin, Veronica, Czech Republic
Ildikó Arany, CEEweb, Hungary

Natura 2000 law enforcement, complaints procedure, examples of European Court decisions (Boris Barov, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds)

Financing Natura 2000. How can NGOs get EU financing for their nature conservation activity on Natura 2000 sites? How Natura 2000 financing will be regulated in the next financial period? (Boris Barov, Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds)

LIFE + regulation (Anton Gazenbeek)

Sunday, 27 August

Natura 2000 impact assessment. Theory: on the base of EC Manual for N2000 impact assessment. Practical problems of appropriate implementation to the national law (examples from different countries). (Anna Liro, Polish Ministry of Environment)

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