- Published: Monday, 20 November 2017 10:35
The training on Identification of ecosystem types, ecosystem services and stakeholder mapping and analysis was held the last week (November 13–16. 2017) in Nature park Žumberak - Samoborsko gorje, Croatia. This was the first of total 4 planned trainings organized within the ECO- KARST project, all with the aim to build capacities of stakeholders in 7 pilot areas and secure their networking.
The training was organised for representatives of park administrations from 7 pilot areas: Notranjska Regional Park (Slovenia), Nature Park Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje (Croatia), Kalkalpen National Park (Austria), Bukk National Park (Hungary), Apuseni Nature Park (Romania), Protected Landscape Bijambare (BiH) and National Park Tara(Serbia). Each project partner with pilot area were represented with 3 - 4 participants for training in different fields of expertise: biodiversity expert, GIS expert and stakeholder manager.
The training was organized based on guiding documents previously developed and using preliminary data on ecosystem types, ecosystem services and stakeholders provided by each pilot area. The activities included following: network survey exercise, technical support for software which will be used, ecosystem mapping, ecosystem services and stakeholder involvement presentations, as well as introduction to guidance package methods and group coaching. After the training, for all participants and project partners was organized a field trip in Nature Park Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje.
The next training will be held the next year in march in Tara National Park, Serbia. It is expected that, upon completion of all four trainings, 7 pilot areas will be strengthened by multi sectoral teams of experts competent to perform ecosystem mapping and valuation as well as lead participatory strategic action planning, balancing different interests and finding sustainable solutions.
Previously, a study tour to Austria was organized in September, 2017 which helped stakeholders to better understand the concept of pro-biodiversity business and be able to identify potential for development of this type of business back home.
ECO KARST project aims to contribute to protection, conservation and sustainable use of karst ecosystems in the Danube and Dinaric basin by raising awareness about ecosystem services and increasing the number of commited local pro-biodiversity business entrepreneurs. Major challenge in the Danube region is finding the right balance between conservation, protection, and improvement of ecosystems, as well as their sustainable use.