Workshops

Geoinformation tools and spatial analyses for green infrastructure development in Polish Carpathians

16 October, Tuesday – 15:30-17:30

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Environmental Information Centre UNEP/GRID-Warsaw
8 Sobieszyńska Street, 00-764 Warsaw, Poland

Green infrastructure (GI), a spatially coherent network of natural and semi-natural areas, objects and other environmental features, plays a key role in enhancing biodiversity, thus improving our natural capital and delivery of essential ecosystem services. Therefore, it is acknowledged that GI conservation and development should be widely considered in spatial planning and decision-making, and integrated into territorial development strategies. For this to happen, policies should be complemented by provision of credible thematic data as well as trainings and awareness raising actions directed primarily at individuals, organizations and institutions that have impact on how the space is being managed and natural resources used, both within and in between nature protection areas.

This has become the primary rationale behind a LIFE project entitled Green-Go! Local initiatives for deployment of green infrastructure within Natura 200 sites in the Carpathians implemented in years 2017-2020 by UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, aimed at local governments and other local and regional level stakeholders as well as local communities in Polish Carpathians, within the scope of application of the Carpathian Convention in Poland.

In the project, a spatial (GIS) analysis of specific conditions of GI development in Polish Carpathians was performed based on available data related to land cover, ecosystem types, nature conservation, and spatial planning. Data processing focused on the diagnosis of spatial distribution and state of GI in the context of ecological connectivity, and on identifying major threats thereto stemming mostly from built-up areas: both the existing housing (condensed or dispersed) and its planned development, as well as from large-scale infrastructural investments. Selected indices and metrics related to land cover, landscape diversity and fragmentation were also analyzed in the study area. Based on the analysis, a diagnosis of the current state of ecological connectivity was proposed, and ecological connectivity hotspots were identified.
The results of the analysis have been visualized on the project’s geoportal vis-a-vis other thematic data layers. The geoportal also allows uploading, editing and visualization of own, custom, field-collected data on GI. Field inventory and mapping of GI elements such as in-field woodlands, balks, meadows, groves etc. (altogether, 14 categories) have been made possible using a dedicated mobile application functionally integrated and cross-linked with the geoportal.

These project outputs provide potential for both professional and popular applications, such as local spatial planning and decision making, biodiversity and landscape conservation and management, territorial development, citizen science, school education, etc. They have already been shared with Polish nature conservation institutions, as well as local decision-makers and other stakeholders participating in project training activities. It is planned to further foster their use within a special competition on local case studies related to GI development.

The workshop is included in the registration fee.

Separate registration is available only for the workshop, which allows you to

  • attend the workshop program,
  • admission to the exhibition area for the workshop period,
  • 1 coffee break and
  • 1 lunch

Price: 60 €


Education for Science & Society in the Carpathians

16 October, Tuesday – 15:30-17:30

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The workshop invites participants to present their education, awareness raising projects and examples of good practice aimed at building bridges between the scientific community and other stakeholders of the society within the Carpathians in order to find common solution for the sustainability challenges the region faces. The main focus of the workshop: How could citizens contribute to scientific research on sustainability issues? How could scientific results help local communitites to find sustainable solution for their environmental challenges? The format of this session allows more time for discussion and exchange of experiences.

The workshop is included in the registration fee.

Separate registration is available only for the workshop, which allows you to

  • attend the workshop program,
  • admission to the exhibition area for the workshop period,
  • 1 coffee break and
  • 1 lunch

Price: 60 €


Towards the standardisation of monitoring procedures for large carnivores populations in the Carpathians –
Large Carnivores Workshop

15 October, Monday – 16:15-18:15

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Organizers: the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation in cooperation with partners

The Carpathian region harbours some of the most important large carnivore populations (the Eurasian lynx, the Brown bear, and the Grey wolf) in Europe. These species require extensive, non-fragmented habitats to establish their large home ranges and to allow long-distance movements.

Monitoring is central to large carnivore conservation and sustainable management, as it provides solid basis for adaptive management procedures and to addresses the widespread conflicts caused by disagreement over population status. Current monitoring practices among the Carpathian countries are diverse, varying in methods used, transparency and quality. Therefore, there is a need for harmonization of sound monitoring procedures and improved transboundary coordination of large carnivore monitoring within the region, allowing introduction of effective management measures.

The Conference of Parties to Carpathian Convention, at its Fifth meeting (COP5) in Lillafüred, Hungary, 10-12 October 2017, gave the mandate to the Working Group on Biodiversity to prioritize the work on the large carnivores, and initiated the development of an International Action Plan for Conservation and Sustainable Management for the Carpathian Populations of Large Carnivores.

In the framework of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention and the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation signed in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, the Czech Republic at 19 October 2016, the workshop will lay the ground for achieving the standardisation of monitoring of large carnivores in the Carpathians.

During the workshop, each of the Carpathian countries will present its monitoring procedures and experiences in this field. This will be followed by a discussion on possibilities of enhanced harmonisation, standardisation, and stakeholder involvement in monitoring and transboundary coordination.

The results of the workshop will be submitted to the Carpathian Convention Working Group on Biodiversity for its consideration and further actions.

The workshop is included in the registration fee.

Separate registration is available only for the workshop, which allows you to

  • attend the workshop program,
  • admission to the exhibition area for the workshop period,
  • 1 coffee break and
  • 1 lunch

Price: 60 €

Other Workshop proposals are invited. If you want to initiate a workshop, please contact us by e-mail.