Workshops

30 May, 10.30-12.30

1. Vulnerability to climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation options for the Carpathian region


30 May, 14.00-16.00

2. From data to knowledge, from knowledge to action – The role of science in the Carpathian Convention (with a focus on the Biodiversity Protocol)


30 May, 16.30-18.30

3. Mountain nature protection from different stakeholder points of view


31 May, 10.30-12.30

4. International collaboration in mountain forest research


1 June, 8.30-10.00

5. WWF New Conservation Strategy in the Carpathian Ecoregion


1 June, 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00

6. Adaptation to Climate Change - the role of National Platform of Covenant of Mayors (Covenant Networking Platform Meetings)

 

 

 

1. Vulnerability to climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation options for the Carpathian region

(30 May, 10.30-12.30)

 

This workshop focuses on the vulnerability to climate change of the main ecosystems and ecosystem based production systems in the Carpathian region. Participants are invited to debate the potential of ecosystem-based adaptation measures and the added value of an internet based knowledge system on impacts and adaptation to climate change in the Carpathian region. The workshop is supported by the CARPIVIA project. The CAPIVIA project aims to assess the vulnerability of the Carpathian region primarily to climate change and to contribute to adaptation planning. The CARPIVIA project is funded by the European Commission under the preparatory action ‘Climate of the Carpathian Basin’ approved by the European Parliament. It will run from 2011 to 2013. More information: www.carpivia.eu.

 

Contact person: Saskia E. WERNERS (saskia.wernerswur.nl)

 

 

2. From data to knowledge, from knowledge to action – The role of science in the Carpathian Convention (with a focus on the Biodiversity Protocol)

(30 May, 14.00-16.00)

 

What are the implications of the Framework Convention on the Protection and the Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) in the Carpathian Region? How can the Convention, and in particular its Biodiversity Protocol, be implemented? What is still missing and what is the concrete input that Carpathian science can provide in this process? What are the next steps?

These are the basic questions that will be further explored at the workshop on the Carpathian Convention and its Biodiversity Protocol, organized by the European Academy Bolzano in cooperation with UNEP Vienna - Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention (ISCC). It is intended to be an informal platform of exchange between decision makers involved in the Carpathian Convention process and the Carpathian scientists.

There will be a special focus on the SEE Programme BIOREGIO Carpathians project, aimed at implementing the main provisions of the Carpathian Convention Biodiversity Protocol. In particular, the first results of the activities related to the elaboration of a Carpathian Red List of Species and Habitats will be presented.

The presentations will be followed by a Round Table moderated by the European Academy Bolzano and to which decision makers, experts, the Science for Carpathians Initiative, and the UNEP Vienna – ISCC will participate.

Presentations will be given by:

- Harald Egerer, UNEP Vienna – ISCC

- Miriam L. Weiß, European Academy Bolzano

- Mircea Verghelet, Piatra Craiului National Park, BIOREGIO Carpathians Lead Partner

- Jan Kadlecik, State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic

 

Contact person: Giacomo LUCIANI (giacomo.lucianiunvienna.org)

 

 

3. Mountain nature protection from different stakeholder points of view

(30 May, 16.30-18.30)

 

To organize the workshop with the aim to get together information (in the first plan from present workshop participants) from various countries about the equilibrium (or non- equilibrium) among limitations (governance), benefits (ecosystem service provision), and compensations relevant to various stakeholders in various types of mountain protected areas with different strictness of limitations. Landowners, state administration, municipality, resident population, recreational visitors, hunters and fishers, people with indigenous rights and scientists would be taken into account as important stakeholders.

The most important questions to be answered:

1) What are the most common limitations, benefits, and compensations in various types of mountain protected areas?

2) To what degree are limitations balanced by benefits and/or compensations?

3) What stakeholders group is getting more limitations, benefits, or compensations?

4) What are the differences between European areas (Alps, Carpathians) or individual countries?

This workshop would pick up on the several years research done in the frame of COST Action E27 “Forest Protected Areas”, finished in 2006 and could continue through obtaining more precise information about this topic by national volunteers or all participants of the FC conference (on the basis of prepared questionnaire).

 

Contact person: Pavel CUDLIN (pavelcuusbe.cas.cz)

 

 

4. International collaboration in mountain forest research

(31 May, 10.30-12.30)

 

The workshop will focus on mountain forest research issues, and the potentials for international collaboration in an interdisciplinary understanding.

As first item, the activities of the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the EFI Regional Office for Central-Eastern Europe will be briefly introduced. For a state-of-the-art example, the recently started FP7 project ARANGE on preserving the multifunctionality of European Mountain forests will be demonstrated and discussed.

In the second, interactive part, a foresight exercise will be carried out to identify specific topics and research needs in the Carpathians in the coming 10 years. Ample room will be given to explore major problems in socio-ecological and socio-economic terms, and their interactions and constraints. The workshop shall support networking, exchange, and identifying common fields of interest for further collaboration.

 

Contact person: Bernhard WOLFSLEHNER (bernhard.wolfslehnerefi.int)

 

 

5. WWF New Conservation Strategy in the Carpathian Ecoregion

(1 June, 8.30-10.00)

 

The WWF Danube-Carpathian programme has been a leading force for ecoregion conservation in the Carpathian Mountains. By the time of the SCF conference in May 2012, we will have developed our draft conservation strategy that will guide our work for the next 3-5 years. We will present the draft strategy and look forward to discussion with the S4C/scientific community on the strategy as well as opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in its realisation.

Workshop guidance: Andreas Beckman and Bohdan Prots.

 

Contact person: Bohdan PROTS (bohdan.protsgmail.com)

 

 

6. Adaptation to Climate Change - the role of National Platform of Covenant of Mayors (Covenant Networking Platform Meetings)

(1 June, 10.00-12.30, 14.00-16.00)

 

The Covenant of Mayors is the most ambitious European initiative engaging signatory cities to go beyond the EU’s energy and climate goals, the so-called “3x20” objectives: reducing CO2 emissions by at least 20% by 2020, reducing energy use by 20% and achieving 20% of renewable energy in the energy supply. New jobs and activities, a better quality of life and lower energy vulnerability are expected on the ground.

Successful implementation of local commitments largely depends on the individual and collective co-ordinated efforts of its signatories and related key actors (ministries, national energy agencies, professional associations, universities and research centres, NGOs and business sector) on both local and national levels.

The Platform brings together local authorities and national actors. The aim is to create and share a powerful vision and to develop common priorities for action in terms of decentralised energy, territorial cohesion and adaptation to climate change.

The workshop will be held in Slovak language (eventually the summary of intputs will be provided in English).

 

Contact person: Natalia SHOVKOPLIAS (natalia_shovkopliasyahoo.com)