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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 success stories to learn from and further potential

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 1: Meadow orchards restoration


Case #2: Mountain dry grassland management


3 5 apple festival
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.













4 conclusions
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 conclusions1
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



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