4 – 6 April, Litoměřice, Czech Republic

This monitoring workshop is about deciding what we want to achieve and how to recognise when we have achieved it. It will be focusing on how to translate conservation management objectives into performance indicators in order to measure progress towards reaching these objectives. It is part of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process of the continental region. Participation is free of charge but you will have to cover your own travel and accommodation costs.

Please note that registration is now closed!

The workshop is hosted by Eurosite member Krkonoše Mountains National Park and is organised in partnership with the EUROPARC Central and Eastern Europe section.

Photos: © Protected Landscape Area České středohoří

Monitoring of habitats and species is a recurrent issue in the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process. During the seminars and workshops of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process held so far it has been stressed that monitoring is still a key issue in most habitats.

Monitoring of habitats and species is also a recurrent issue for Eurosite members. Therefore, Eurosite has put this topic on the agenda several times in the past years.

The idea to organise a Eurosite workshop aimed at monitoring issues originates from the Eurosite’s Habitat Restoration workshop in Krkonoše National Park held in June 2010. Eurosite and the Countryside Council for Wales have picked up on this idea and organised the workshop “Natura 2000 Monitoring Workshop: Nature, Pictures and People” in Wales in March 2013. This three-day workshop was attended by 110 people, including European Commission representative Angelika Rubin.

In October 2015, a follow-up workshop was held in Barcelona, linked to the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process of the Mediterranean Region. This workshop focused on monitoring at site level with a particular emphasis on integrating monitoring with conservation management. During the course of this workshop, the delegates agreed a model for the integration of conservation management and monitoring on Natura 2000 sites. This model was subsequently presented at the 13th meeting of the Expert Group on the Management of Natura 2000 (Brussels, 19 November 2015).

One of the actions recommended at the Barcelona workshop was to organise an ‘objective-setting’ workshop to help overcome the decision-making issues that can arise during the course of the objective setting process and to align objectives with monitoring. This workshop, a thematic networking event of the Natura 2000 Biographical Process, acts on this recommendation and aims to provide guidance and case studies to help navigate a logical course through the objective-setting process.

EXPECTED RESULTS

The main output from the workshop will be a guidance document to facilitate meaningful and measurable conservation management aims that can inform the selection of appropriate condition indicators for monitoring projects. The guidance document will be based on the experiences and examples of good practice of the delegates participating in the workshop and on feedback from the breakout sessions.

The main outcome of the workshop should be an increase in the production of clear, concise and measurable objectives for conservation management. These management objectives will contribute to the development of efficient and reliable monitoring projects.

A key purpose of the workshop is to exchange experiences of objective setting for habitats and species on Natura 2000 sites. This will enable a profitable transfer of knowledge and hopefully lead to further networking of the subject between member states of the European Union.

ABOUT THE NATURA 2000 BIOGEOGRAPHICAL PROCESS

The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process is a vital means to ensure progress to delivering the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, however, ensuring progress towards implementation of Natura 2000 should also be considered in the wider EU agenda.

The following points highlight key features of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process:

  • Participation in the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process is voluntary;

  • The Process provides added value means to work collectively towards achieving the legal obligations of the Nature Directives;

  • The Process offers a practical framework for networking, sharing information and experience and building knowledge about the most effective ways to reach and maintain favourable status for habitats and species of European Community importance – this includes opportunities to identify and promote the multiple benefits (environmental, social and economic) linked to such actions;

  • The Process focuses on practical habitat (and/ or species) management and restoration activities and provides a framework to share best practices, compare approaches, build contacts, exchange information and build new knowledge;

  • The Process is supported by follow-up networking events designed to further build practical knowledge and capacity, along with a dedicated Natura 2000 Platform to communicate and share information.


For more information about the process visit the Natura 2000 Communication Platform:
ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/natura2000/platform/index_en.htm

And subscribe to the newsletter:
europa.us9.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=ac8d4b8c6b271053f5f53f05a&id=40aaee6943

Or contact: natura2000platform@ecnc.org
DRAFT PROGRAMME

Note that all times are indicative only at this stage and details are subject to confirmation in due course. All presentation marked with an (*) still need to be confirmed.

Tuesday 4 April: Setting the scene - What do want to achieve and where

12.30 - 13.30 Check-in & information market: warming up and networking

13.30 - 14.00 Opening

  • Welcome speech by Kristijan Civic, Eurosite, the Netherlands


14.00 - 15.00 Setting the scene

  • Setting the scene by Micheal O’Briain, European Commission*

  • Linking European, regional and site-based targets for conservation by Doug Evans, European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity, France*

  • Recommendations from the Eurosite workshop on ‘Integrating conservation management and monitoring’ by Clive Hurford, Independent researcher, United Kingdom


15.00 - 15.40 Session I – Decision-making in nature conservation: what do we want to achieve and where. An integrated approach for setting Natura 2000 conservation management and monitoring objectives.

  1. Setting conservation objectives in the Netherlands by Anne Schmidt, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)) and Annemiek Adams, Ministry of Economic Affairs Directorate Nature and Biodiversity, the Netherlands

  2. Habitat Mapping in the Czech Republic: the original purpose, methodological development, and potential for its utilization by Pavel Lustyk, Nature Conservation Agency of the Czech Republic (NCA CR) and Michael Hošek, Krkonoše NPA, Czech Republic


15.40 - 16.20 Coffee

16.20 - 17.00 Session II (part 1) – Condition indicators: how will we know when we have achieved our management objectives? Developing performance indicators for Annex I habitats and Annex II species.

  1. Overview of management monitoring in protected areas of the Czech Republic by Iva Hönigová, AOPK ČR, Czech Republic

  2. Setting condition indicators for assessment by remote sensing by Jens Oldeland and André Große-Stoltenberg, University of Hamburg, Germany


17.00 - 18.00 Working groups question and answer / discussion session

19.30 - 21.00 Dinner

Wednesday 5 April: Condition indicators

09.00 - 09.10 Welcome and introduction by Clive Hurford

09.10 - 09.50 Session II (part 2) – Condition indicators: how will we know when we have achieved our management objectives? Developing performance indicators for Annex I habitats and Annex II species.

 

3. An attempt in Sweden to standardise indicators between sites, for comparability – Conny Jacobson, SEPA, Sweden


4. Mapping favourable and unfavourable N2000 Habitats by Toon Spanhove, Research Institute for Forest and Nature, Belgium


09.50 - 10.50 Coffee break, poster- and speed presentations and networking session

10.50 - 12.20 Working groups

12.20 - 13.00 Session III (part 1) – Communicating and sharing case studies of good practice: linking management aims with condition indicators and conversation management (examples).

  1. Setting Natura 2000 targets for bird species in the Netherlands: Marc van Roomen and André van Kleunen, Sovon Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology, the Netherlands

  2. Using condition indicators to link biodiversity and management in the South Hams SAC: Phil Wilson, Species Recovery Trust, UK


13.00 - 14.30 Lunch, posters and networking

14.30 - 17.30 Field visit to Protected Landscape Area České Středohoří (read more under 'practical information')

19.30 - 24.00 EuroCocktail

Thursday 6 April: Sharing case studies of good practice

09.00 - 09.10 Welcome and recap of day 1

09.10 - 10.30 Session III (part 2) – Communicating and sharing case studies of good practice: linking management aims with condition indicators with conversation management (examples).

 

3. Multi-scale remote sensing monitoring of species and habitats attributes. Assisting in practical conservation and management responses by Ricardo Diaz-Delgado, Estación Biológica de Doñana, Spain


4. National objectives for local sites; (how) does it work in the Netherlands? by Menno van Zuijen, Natuurmonumenten, the Netherlands


5. Management monitoring of montane meadows in the Krkonoše Mountains by Záboj Hrázský and Stanislav Březina, Daphne & Krkonoše NPA, Czech Republic


6. The integration of management and monitoring at Kenfig SAC by Clive Hurford, Independent researcher, United Kingdom


10.30 - 11.30 Coffee break, poster- and speed presentations and networking session

11.30 - 12.45 Working groups

12.45 - 13.00 Break

13.00 - 13.15 Presentation of draft guidance document: Recommendations for developing condition indicators for Natura 2000 monitoring by Clive Hurford, Independent researcher, United Kingdom

13.15 - 13.30 Closing words

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
Participation for this workshop is free of charge but you will have to cover your own travel and accommodation costs.

As the accommodation capacities tend to get full quickly, we therefore advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible! Please find a list of suggested accommodations in the region here.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.
VENUE

The monitoring workshop will be held in Litoměřice Castle, in the Protected Landscape Area České středohoří, around 70 km from Prague:

Litoměřice Castle
Tyršovo náměstí 68
412 01 Litoměřice
www.hradlitomerice.cz/

Participation is free of charge but you will have to cover your own travel and accommodation costs. As the accommodation capacities tend to get full quickly, we therefore advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible! Please find a list of suggested accommodations in the region here.

FIELD VISIT TO THE BOHEMIAN MIDLANDS

The protected landscape area of České středohoří and its administration was established in 1976. Its is situated in north-western Bohemica and its main role is to conserve the natural values of the major part of České středohoří (1 063 out of the overall geomorphological size of 1 275 km2). Beside the Doupovské hory this is the only other volcanic region in Czech Republic. The highest point is Milešovka at 837 m, and the lowest point is the Elbe river surface in the town Děčín at 122 m. Geomorphologically the area is divided into two main parts by the 50 km long Elbe river valley. The north-western part is characterised by a vast, monotonous non-volcanic plateau with a rainfall average of 700 mm per year. The south-western part, where the sharp shaped volcanic hills (cones) prevail, is very different. The precipitation there is lower, reaching only 450 mm per year, and forms one of the driest (and warmest) regions in the Czech Republic.

This is one of the protected areas with the lowest afforestation in Czech Republic (28% whereas the national average reaches 33%). It is also an area where a lot of special minerals can be found (Czech pyrops, aragonite, olivine, etc.).

Varying abiotic conditions (precipitation and geology) are reflected in rich biodiversity. On the whole territory over 600 rare plant and animal species can be found, some of them of European importance (eg. Cypripedium calceolus, Pulsatilla pates, Adenophora liliifolia, Spermophilus citellus). The richest localities are south-oriented dry grasslands  (on basalt rocks and clays), mainly in the southern parts of the area. From the zoological point of view the area is significant for the occurrence of a number of thermophilic steppe insects and mollusks, mainly in its south-western parts. Some of the species penetrate along the Elbe river from Saxony/Germany – beaver (Castor fiber). During the last 10 years, thanks to the concentrated management measures, the population of ground souslik (Spermophilus citellus) has grown.