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Follow up event of the Natura 2000 seminar for the Pannonian, Black Sea and Steppic Regions

Dates: 4 - 6 November 2015

Location: Hotel Continental Forum, Bd. Revolutiei 79-81, Arad, Romania

Following the announcement made during the 2015 Kick-off Seminar on the Continental, Pannonian, Steppic and Black Sea Biogeographical Regions  held in Luxembourg in June 2015, more than 40 experts from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia came together in Arad, Romania to discuss management of Natura 2000 habitats in the Pannonaian, Steppic and Black Sea Biogeographical Regions.  The event was organised within the frame of the Natura 2000 seminar process in order to extend the results of the Luxembourg Seminar. The follow up event was organised by the Romanian Ministry for Environment and Waters with the support from the European Commission, CEEweb and ECNC.

The aim of the event was to contribute to the building of a roadmaps and elaborating main issues, challenges and their solutions in relation to Natura 2000 management in the three biogeographic regions - Pannonian, Black Sea and Steppic.

While the Luxemburg Seminar identified a number of common issues and needs across the all four regions, it was felt that an additional event was needed to discuss in more details some management issues more specific and common to the Pannonian, Steppic and Black Sea biogeographical regions.
Therefore this event will focus on the following topics:

  • Management and conservation issues of specific habitat types within the Pannonian, Steppic and Black Sea biogeographical regions
  • Practical habitat management experiences – best practice and exchange of experience.

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Grassland and forest habitats were addressed by 2 working groups during the event:

Grassland group discussed issues related to

  • 6240 Sub-pannonic steppic grasslands
  • 62C0 Ponto-sarmatic steppes (a coastal habitat)
  • 6410 Molinia meadows
  • 6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities on peaty clayey silt-laden soils

and forest group discussed issues related to

  • 91AA Eastern white oak woods
  • 91I0* Euro-Siberian steppe oak woods with Quercus spp.
    • Ls3.2 Thermophilous pontic-pannonian oak forest on loess and sands
    • Ls3.3 Oak–potentilla forests
    • Ls3.5.2 Termophilous and acidophilous oak forests
  • 91M0 Pannonian-Balkanic turkey oak–sessile oak forests
  • 91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)
  • 91F0 Riparian mixed forests of Quercus robur, Ulmus laevis and Ulmus minor, Fraxinus excelsior or Fraxinus angustifolia, along the great rivers (Ulmenion minoris)
  • 91H0* Pannonian woods with Quercus pubescens

The event also included a site-visit to the Natural Park Lunca Muresului and a general discussion on management planning of Natura 2000.

The main outcomes of the event include:

  • suggestions to initiate further follow-up events on several specific topics including:
    • one suggested event by the Danube Delta Institute in May about specifics on coastal ecotourism and coastal biodiversity management,integrated coastal management or invasives
    • one suggested workshop on pastoralism and grassland management organised by the Bükk National Park, Hungary in September
    • suggested workshop organised by the Duna-Ipoly National Park, Hungary and WWF Hungary on invasives and their management in April (suggestion received after the event);
    • a study tour to different countries to see the differences in interpretation of the same habitat type (91I0) including a follow-up expert workshop on defining the habitat type properly
  • to share best-practices of integrated management and ecosystem services approach (example of WWF’s Tiszatarjan project on managing Amorpha fruticosa involving previous, traditional management practice of Populus and buffalo reintroduction while involving the local authority and communities in managing the invasive species gaining benefits by selling the biomass and having better flood protection);
  • suggestion of that Commission to fund a study on Approaches to Combining Forestry and Natura 2000 Management Plans with good and bad examples, approaches to compensations, and some recommendations
  • a common message to the Habitats Committee to define better the Habitats interpretation manual as this has influence on the habitat identification, management and determining the Favourable Conservation Status (FCS);
  • to use the communication Platform to exchange case studies and experience on:
    • to exchange approaches to Natura 2000 Management Plans preparation, approval and financing
    • to exchange experience on FCS definitions
    • to exchange national interpretation manuals
    • to share best-practice on invasive alien species management;
    • to raise awareness about Ponto-sarmatic steppe habitat and facilitate projects and networking.

The evaluation showed that the participants found the event very useful (on a 10-scale above 8). Most specifically, participants mentioned the usefulness of the knowledge and experience exchange, possibility to set up future cooperation and case studies.


Day 1

Introductionpdf, Mr Ctibor Kocman

Luxembourg Natura 2000 Seminar Outcomespdf, Mr Kristijan Civic

Introduction to the Pannonian Bioregionpdf, Mr Andras Schmidt

Black Sea Bioregionpdf, Mr Silviu Covaliov and Mr Mihai Doroftei

Grasslands Working Group:

Grasslands in Arad Countypdf, Mr Mihai Pascu

Management deficiencies of grassland habitatspdf, Mr Adrian Oprea

Forests Working Group:

Oak forest managementpdf, Mr Jozef Doczy and Mr Libor Ulrych

Management of forests in PSBS Bioregionspdf, Mr Adrian Iovu-Biris and Mr Adrian Lorent

Day 2

Management Planningpdf, Mr Lubos Halada

Financial Tools for Natura 2000 in the Czech Republicpdf, Ms Petra Kolarova

Grassland Conservationpdf, Mr Razvan Popa

ConnectCarpathians Projectpdf, Mr IainTrewby

Day 3

Šumava NP 2011- 2015pdf(3.44 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  , M. Vlašín