Making of forest management plans as ecological network management plans
Making of forest management plans as ecological network management plans – Ecomanager
Hrvatske šume limited liability company.
Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
The project is funded by the European Structural and Investment Funds. It is implemented within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020.
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Project implementation period:
01.01.2018 – 30.06.2023.
Project implementation area:
The aim of the project: is to ensure sustainable biodiversity management in the forest part of the Natura 2000 area through the development of forest management plans as ecological network management plans.
- Preparatory activities
- Strengthening the capacity of Croatian Forests to plan the management of ecological network areas
- Development of forest management plans as ecological network management plans
- Project management
- Promotion and visibility
By joining the EU, the Republic of Croatia has undertaken to manage the ecological network (EM), which covers about 37% of the land area and 15% of the coastal sea. The Republic of Croatia has decided to integrate the management of EN Natura 2000 areas, which are located within forests and forest lands managed by Hrvatske šume d.o.o., into the forest management process. This avoids duplicating the planning of activities of different sectors in the same areas. Therefore, the overall goal of the project is: To ensure sustainable biodiversity management in the forest part of the Natura 2000 area. This will be achieved by meeting the following specific objectives of the project:
SC1) Strengthening the capacity of Croatian Forests employees for more efficient management of EN areas
SC2) Ensure efficient and sustainable management of the forest part of the Natura 2000 area through the integration of the planning process in forestry and nature protection and the development of the Management Program of economic units with the management plan of the ecological network area
Expected project results:
The implementation of the project will prepare a manual for the inclusion of ecological network requirements in ecological network management programs, will train 35 trainers and 161 employees of Croatian Forests on planning the management of ecological network areas and will prepare 167 consent of the ministry responsible for nature protection and decisions of the Ministry of Agriculture.
STRENGTHENING THE CAPACITY OF CROATIAN FORESTS FOR ECOLOGICAL NETWORK MANAGEMENT PLANNING
Employees of Hrvatske šume limited liability company have significant experience in developing forest management plans and have knowledge of biotechnical sciences (forestry), but there is a real risk of lack of knowledge in the field of science and nature protection that could be key to effective integration of Natura 2000 conservation objectives conservation in forest management plans. Due to the above, additional education is needed, especially on the identification of target species and habitat types that are important for the ecological network, on monitoring their condition, recognizing the threat and the reasons for the threat. Through this activity, a manual will be prepared for the inclusion of ecological network management requirements in ecological network management programs, which will be the basis for education.
MAKING OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PLANTS AS ECOLOGICAL NETWORK MANAGEMENT PLANS
This activity directly contributes to the establishment of a management mechanism for areas under the Natura 2000 ecological network that will adequately approach the conservation of species / habitat types. The implementation of this activity will create 167 management programs for the economic unit with an ecological network management plan. Forest management plans developed within the Ecomanager project will contain all elements of the ecological network management plan prescribed by the Nature Protection Act, which incorporates obligations from the Habitats Directive and the Birds Directive, and thus represent sectoral Natura 2000 forest management plans for Natura 2000 areas.
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THE KICK OFF CONFERENCE WAS HELD
On Friday, July 8, the kick off conference was held at the Aristos Hotel in Zagreb. The conference was attended by numerous representatives of Croatian