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Boubin primeval forest - Šumava Landscape Protected Area, Czech Republic - photo V. Hošek

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Networking Seminar: Mountain Forest Habitats in the Continental Region

7-9 November 2017, Sumava National Park (CZ)

EUROPARC, in cooperation with Šumava National Park (CZ), and with the support of EUROPARC Central Eastern Europe Section, is organising a Networking Seminar to address issues related to the management of Mountain Forest Habitats in the Continental Region. The two days seminar, addressed to managers, experts and authorities with responsibilities for site management, will give the opportunity to exchange practical experience in management of mountain forests as part of Natura 2000 sites.

New scientific findings will be presented, contributing to improve the understanding of natural processes in mountain forests in the Continental region and there will be opportunity for participants to present and share their case studies.

This networking event brings forward the discussion started in the course of the Continental Biogeographical Seminar, which took place in Luxembourg in June 2015. More information on the program and details for registrations will be soon available.

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The Chalupská moor near Borová , Sumava National Park, Czech Republic – photo by Hana Rosenkranzová

Mountain Forest Habitats

In the course of recent years, the management of mountain forest habitat types has become a more challenging priority for managing authorities at European level. In particular, in the Continental region, managers are being confronted with several issues, mainly related to bark beetle infestations, water regime maintenance, and restoration and, in many cases, also the need to plan and structure cross border cooperation regimes. In addition, considering that significant parts of mountain areas are also designated by national legislation for the protection of natural processes, this adds more complexities for harmonizing plans, setting conservation objectives and for the implementation of conservation measures.

The long lasting experience of the Sumava National Park in the management of Mountain forest, together with the fruitful cross-border cooperation established with the Bavarian Forest National Park, will offer an important baseline for a constructive learning exchange among participants. During the course of the seminar case studies will be presented focusing on restoration of water regime, bark beetle management, nature based forest management and impact of those measures on Natura 2000 sites and their targets. A site visit to the Bohemian forest will contribute to maintain a strong connection between theory and practice for the effective management of mountain forest habitats.

Tetrao urogallus, capercaillie, sumava national park

The western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is seriously threatened by habitat degradation, particularly conversion of diverse native forest into often single-species timber plantations. However, there is a stable population living in the Sumava National Park (CZ) representing one of the few larger Capercaillie populations residing in medium altitude mountains in central Europe. Photo by Marek Drha, Sumava National Park (CZ)

Due to logistics restrictions, the Seminar will be open for a maximum of 40 participants. Registrations and full programme will be soon announced.