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Natura 2000 Networking Programme. Natura 2000: success stories to learn from and further potential. Programme's final conference. Bernard Gorsak Kozjanski Park, Slovenia Brussels, 28th November 2007. CONTENT. 1 PREFACE. 2 BACKGROUND. 3 SUCCESS STORY. 4 CONCLUSION. 1.1 Personal ID.

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Natura 2000 Networking Programme

Natura 2000: success stories to learn from and further potential

Programme's final conference

Bernard Gorsak

Kozjanski Park, Slovenia

Brussels, 28th November 2007


CONTENT

1 PREFACE

2 BACKGROUND

3 SUCCESS STORY

4 CONCLUSION


1.1 Personal ID

  • Bernard Gorsak (39), environmentalist

  • Employee of Public Institution Kozjanski Park (9)

  • Head of Nature Protection Department

  • Elaboration and execution of projects: Phare, Life, Interreg, Life+

  • Cooperation with other competent authorities (Ministry, Institution of Nature Protection, Forest Management, Agriculture Advisory Service)

  • Education, public awareness, media

  • Natura 2000 Ambassador


1.2 Our organization ID

  • Public Institution

  • Governmental, non-profit

  • Staff: 18 (+ public workers + project coordinator)

  • Budget: 500.000 €/year

  • Competence: manager of protected area

  • Field of work: protection of natural and cultural heritage

  • HQ: medieval town Podsreda


1.3 Protected area ID

  • Regional Park, IUCN V

  • East of Slovenia, on border to Croatia

  • Established: 1981 by Parliament of RS

  • Size: 200 km2

  • Population: 10.000

  • 5 municipalities

  • Undeveloped

  • Lowest GDP in SLO


1.4 Natura 2000 in Slovenia

  • Established: 05. 2004

  • Surface: over 35% of the country

  • Preparationalphase: formation of so called “N2K Communicators Groups”; composed out of different experts (Forest Management, Agriculture Advisory Service, environmentalists, PAs managers ..)

  • Structure: large part covered by forest

  • Management: where N2K proclaimed because of forest habitats or animals existing Forest Management Plans will be adopted as N2K MP (with some modifications)

  • Challenge: where N2K situated in cultural landscape


1.5 Natura 2000 in Kozjanski Park

Surface: 67% of PA

Structure: 1 SPA, 3 pSCI


SPA: 37 %

SAC: 32%


Code: SI3000273 Orlica

Species: Lutra lutra, Rhinolophus hippoideros,

Austropotamobius torrentium, Morimus

funereus, Rosalia alpina, Lucanus

cervus

Habitats: Aremonio-Fagion, Luzulo-Fagetum,

Festuco-Brometalia (orchids)


Code: SI3000274 Bohor

Species: Buxbaumia viridis, Dicranum viride, Lutra lutra,

Austropotamobius torrentium, Morimus

funereus, Rosalia alpina, Lucanus

cervus, Cucujus cinnaberinus

Habitats: Aremonio-Fagion, Luzulo-Fagetum,

Festuco-Brometalia (orchids), Molinion caeruleae


2.1 What is hiding behind BIG words, like:

  • INTEGRATIVE MANAGEMENT

  • PARTICIPATIVE MANAGEMENT

  • ADEPTIVE MANAGEMENT

  • STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVEMENT

  • HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT

  • COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT


2.2 Maybe just “Common sense”

  • Personal twist of mind - turning points:

  • My Belgian professor, true anecdote

  • Project experience (Interreg IIIA, collision with Local Community and Forest Management)

  • N2K Communicators Group

  • N2K Ambassador

  • Shortest way is not (necessarily) the quickest nor the best


B

A


3.1 Framework

  • NNi – resolutions reached on workshop in Austria

  • Apple Festival: Annual event of the year in KP (“hidden”agenda: promoting N2K)

  • Organizational frame: EUROPARC (major sponsor) + 2 PAs (Radensko Polje and Kozjanski Park)

  • Main aim: to involve all N2K stakeholders

  • Topic: “N2K - between hammer and anvil of development strategies”


3.2 Programme: PART ONE

Date: Friday, 12. October 2007

Venue: Podsreda, Kozjanski Park

Schedule: from 9,30 – 12,00 presentations:

  • M. Šolar (Triglav National Park): Europarc and NNI project

  • P. Skoberne (Ministry of Environment): Natura 2000 - updates

  • B. Wieser (N2K Austria): Experiences of Natura 2000 guardian in Austria

  • B. Grabrijan (ELO): To be owner and nature protectionist in Natura 2000

    Participants: alltogether 47 (local municipalities, PAs, landowners, Agriculture Advisory Service, Forest Management, Ministry)


3.3 Programme: PART TWO

Friday, afternoon:

  • Transfer to the PA Radensko polje; case studies from other protected areas:

    • J. Dobravc (Triglav National Park),

    • A. Lenar (PA Logarska dolina),

    • L. Kebe (PA Notranjski park),

    • T. Mikuš (PA Radensko polje),

    • Guided field excursion to Radensko polje.

  • Return to Kozjanski Park, supper, discussion


KOZJANSKI PARK

RADENSKO POLJE


3.4 Programme: PART THREE

  • Saturday, 13. October, forenoon:

  • Two examples of good practice; on-site presentation:

    • Meadow orchards restoration project (Interreg III A)

    • Mountain dry grassland project (Life).


Case # 1: Meadow orchards restoration


Case #2: Mountain dry grassland management


3.5 Apple Festival

  • Emphasis on stakeholders’ participation and next plans. Discussion, reviewing the experiences of last two days, lunch and visit of the Festival.


EXHIBITION OF TRADITIONAL FRUIT VARIETIES


OPENING


75 STALLS


EXHIBITION OF MUSHROOMS


TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFT


ENTERTAINMENT


GUESTS FROM CROATIA


LOCAL GROUPS


GAMES: “THE LONGEST PEEL”


TUG-OF-WAR


DISTILLERY


4 CONCLUSIONS

  • Respons by almost all participants was nothing less but most positive

  • Valuable lesson for each of us

  • It takes time: Our past, social environment (education, regime) and tradition was not in favour of open-minded and all-inclusive dialogue

  • “Our patience will achieve more than our force” (E. Burke)


NEXT

PROJECTS

APPLE

FESTIVAL

WORKSHOPS

NNi

REGIONAL PRODUCTS

TREE

NURSERY

REJUVENATION

CUT

N2K


4 CONCLUSIONS

  • Such occasions prove obstacles can be surmounted (just don’t expect to much to soon)

  • Sustainability can stand only if no one will be excluded

  • Doors are open


THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION


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