Closing Conference for the Project LIFE07 NAT/H/000321 and LIFE08 NAT/H/000289 in Hungary
From 13th until 16th May 2014 in Veszprem (Hunngary) the closing conference for two Projects Life+: Easter Bakony – Restoration and conservation of priority habitats and species in the Easter Bakony area (LIFE07 NAT/H/000321) and Hungarian Little Plain - Restoration and conservation of priority-listed Pannonic sand land habitats in military owned area of the Hungarian Little Plain (LIFE08 NAT/H/000289) was held. Representatives of numerous state administration units participated in the conference, inter alia: the Ministry of National Defence in Hungary, Balaton National Park and Budapest Woodland Bureau. Since that was an international conference, representatives of numerous foreign nature protection organisations were present. The ZPKWŚ was represented by the Life+ Jura Section Manager – Artur Wojtasik and Ostoja Złotopotocka Staff Member and GIS – Piotr Niedbał, also professionally engaged with the Project no LIFE12 NAT/PL/000081 “Conservation of Non-forest Habitats in the Area of the Landscape Parks in the Beskid Mountains”.
The conference mainly aimed at experience exchange to the extent of non-forest habitat protection in military and post-military areas. The conference comprised two parts: an indoor session (first day) and outdoor session (second and third conference day). During the indoor session the speakers presented the objectives and the implementation background for both Projects. They also outlined the problems that may arise from active nature protection in the military areas that are specific areas. The outdoor session took place in the military area nearby Veszprem and in the East Bakony. During the outdoor sessions, the effective active nature protection policy in the military areas with habitats of rare and protected species was demonstrated.