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GRASS-TAPOLCA - Restoration and grassland management of Felsö-Kongó meadows

LIFE06 NAT/H/000102

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Project Manager: Imre PETROCZI
Tel: +36 87 555262
Fax: +36 87 555261

Project description:


Tapolca Basin is located beside Lake Balaton in Hungary. During the Holocene era, the water level of the Balaton was higher, shallow stagnating waters covered the depression of Tapolca, and extended rich-fen vegetation contributed to the accumulation of organic soils (peat). Despite significant artificial drainage of the basin in the second part of 19th century, and in the first half of 20th century by converting natural streams into canals and creating drainage ditches, the Tapolca Basin is still one of the most valuable fen complexes in Hungary. The vegetation and soils of this environmentally sensitive area have a significant role to play in the quality of the water running through the basin and into the lake Balaton. Currently, the project supports the following habitats: Moor grass (Molinia) meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils; alluvial meadows of river valleys with vegetation of Cnidion dubii; lowland hay meadows.


The main objectives of the project are: - Ensure the continuous management of grassland habitats of the part of the pSCI HUBF20028 (Tapolcai-medence) which are priority habitats listed in the Habitats Directive Annex I. - Summarise and continuously update the knowledge required for the habitat management, and to ensure availability of this knowledge for practitioners. - Create a professional background for the management of the priority habitats and the buffer zones. - Ensure continuous information transfer and provide information to site managers and the public. Measures to achieve these aims include: - A basilane survey of the area. - Complex rewetting activities. - Suitable management of the degraded wet meadow areas. - Monitoring the effect of the project. - Dissemination of the lessons learned and expertise gained. - Public awareness raising.



Environmental issues addressed:


Habitats - Grasslands


grassland ecosystem‚  protected area‚  restoration measure

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...

Target Habitat types

  • 6440 - Alluvial meadows of river valleys of the Cnidion dubii
  • 6510 - "Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis)"
  • 6410 - "Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)"

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Balaton National Park Directorate
Type of organisation Park-Reserve authority
Description The Balaton National Park Directorate is a state-funded, independent legal entity that operates under the direction of the Minister of Environment and Water. The directorate operates in three counties: Veszprém, Zala and the northern part of Somogy. It is responsible for 1,000,464 ha. It has 80 employees, 11 of whom are experts in nature conservations and landscape protection and 21 are nature conservation rangers. The directorate is responsible for a national park (67.019 ha), two protected landscape areas (9.336 ha), 26 nature conservation areas (5.160 ha), and as part of the Natura 2000 network four SPA sites (100.578 ha) and 48 pSCI sites (233.291 ha).
Partners None


Project reference LIFE06 NAT/H/000102
Duration 01-JAN-2007 to 31-DEC -2009
Total budget 288,045.00 €
EU contribution 143,245.00 €
Project location Associated Hungary (H)(Hungary Magyarország)


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