First national workshop of the Danube Transnational Programme ConnectGreen
The first national workshop under the project ConnectGREEN, dedicated to the review of Draft Carpathian methodology for identifying key areas and ecological corridors used by large mammals (carnivores), was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 1st February 2019.
As an IPA 1 project partner participating in the project ConnectGREEN ((DTP 072–2.3) – Restoring and managing ecological corridors in mountains as the green infrastructure in the Danube Basin), the Institute of Architecture and Urban & Spatial Planning of Serbia organized the first of several planned national workshops for determining framework Carpathian methodology for the identification of key areas and ecological corridors of great carnivores, as well as for establishing the Carpathian Countries Integrated Biodiversity Information System.
The objective of the workshop was to contribute to the development of specific measures for migratory corridors management and revitalization through participation of key stakeholders (institutions involved in nature protection, spatial planning, infrastructural planning and design, management of protected areas, hunting, forestry, local communities, etc.). The knowledge and experience shared between the actively involved stakeholders enabled better identification of all the relevant sectors’ needs in defining the said methodology.
The methodology established under this project will be used for identification of ecological corridors in four transnationally relevant areas, namely: 1. National Park Piatra Craiului /National Park Bucegi (Romania), 2. The Apuseni Mountains / South-Western Carpathian Mountains (Romania) / National Park Đerdap (Serbia), 3. Western Carpathian Mountains (the Czech Republic – Slovakia), and 4. National Park Bükk (Hungary) / Protected Landscape Area Cerová vrchovina (Slovakia). Physical obstacles and other threats will be identified on the said locations, and together with other categories of spatial data, integrated into the Carpathian Countries Integrated Biodiversity Information System (CCIBIS).
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