The EUROPARC Federation, in close partnership with Šumava National Park (CZ) and in cooperation with EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe , organised a networking event specially designed for the Continental Biogeographical Region. The event focused on the management of forest habitat types in N2000 sites and was organised under the framework of the EU Natura 2000 Biogeographical Seminar Process. Outcomes and presentations are now available for download.
“The management of mountain forest habitat types in Natura 2000 sites: experience and case studies from the Continental Biogeographical region”
Between the 7th and 9th November 2017, 38 managers, experts and authorities from different countries had the opportunity to exchange theoretical and practical experience on the management of mountain forests as part of Natura 2000 sites. The networking event was kindly hosted by the Šumava National Park, Czech Republic.
During the first day of the Continental kick-off seminar for the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process, after welcome note from the host made by Šumava NP Director Pavel Hubený, Luís Monteiro (Czech University of Life Sciences Prague) introduced briefly the work of the EUROPARC Federation and Monika Kotulak (CEEweb for Biodiversity) the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.
Further, Šumava NP Deputy Director Martin Starý announced the official programme of the event and all related logistic. On Day 2, Monika Kotulak (CEEweb for Biodiversity) started by presenting in more detail the aims and goals of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process and the morning was divided in two sessions.
Session 1 “Implementation of Natura 2000 in mountain areas in different countries”
moderated by Luis Monteiro (Czech University of Life Sciences Prague)
The state of the forest habitat types in the Continental Biogeographical Region was presented, together with the challenges on the Natura 2000 management for this type of habitat. Participants also learned how public perception and attitudes regarding natural disturbances can change with suitable environmental education.
Session 2 “Forest management and its impact on Natura 2000”
moderated by Martin Starý (Šumava NP)
The session focused on the need of adopting a consistent mapping methodology for the long-term monitoring of NATURA 2000 habitats, followed by a presentation on the use of active forest measures to restore and restart nature processes in forests. The session was then finalised with the presentation of two case studies with different techniques for bark beetle management. As expected, the discussion covered also themes pertaining to the social-ecological dimensions of bark beetle disturbances.
During the afternoon field trip participants had the opportunity to visit a Visitor Center with deer and lynx enclosures and learn more about the conservation programmes of large mammals run by the Šumava NP and how the region is of exceptional importance for the protection of large wildlife species.
Session 3: Wetlands and restoration measures
moderated by Ivana Bufková, Šumava National Park
During the last session, participants learned more about “wetlands and restoration measures” and its importance for flood mitigation and water management at the landscape level. The sharing of experiences was considered essential for the future of these young approaches. Also, at the end of this session, an interesting discussion arose about funding possibilities for restoration projects focused on water conservation and carbon sequestration.
I.Bufková: Restoration of the drained and mined mountain mires in the Sumava Mts.
A. Haupt: Program for revitalization of mires in the Nature Park Erzgebirge/Vogtland (Saxony)
K. Strobl: Restoration of degraded montane peatlands – aims, challenges and lessons learned
V. Šrédl: Experience with the mire restoration in the Jizerské hory Mts.
On Day 3, the Networking Seminar was finalised with participants taking part on two field trips to learn with practical examples the effective management of mountain forest habitats in Šumava and Bavarian Forest National Parks.
The programme of the event is available here: http://www.europarc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MountainForestHabitats_Program.pdf