workshops & field trips

Please note that each field trip is connected to a specific workshop. That means by selecting a particular workshop you automatically choose a field trip as well.

Field trips

• prepare workshops by providing practical and living examples,
• provide a larger and more informal timeframe for the discussion of workshop topics,
• the workshop participants get to know each other better,
• based on the discussions, workshop chairs will be able to moderate the workshops more efficiently the following day.

Rapporteurs will note the most important ideas and remarks brought up on the field trips to be included in the summary of the conference.

During field trips participants will be provided a cold packed lunch. It is recommended to bring binoculars and cameras for field trips. Participants will receive recommendations for appropriate clothing prior to the conference on the website.

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Workshop 01 Integrated management - Working to improve biodiversity
Room ID: KC 206
Room capacity: 22 people
Participants: 10/22
12-10-2013 9AM

Speaker: Stefan Leiner (EU), DG Environment
Workshop leader:
Gábor Szilágyi (HU) Hortobágy National Park
Focus: How does the management of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites support the EU Biodiversity strategy? Examinations on the example of conservation programmes of ecosystems restored by the Hortobágy National Park.
Field trip location: Máta and Pentezug areas, Hortobágy National Park
Field trip: The trip focuses on the conservation of the biodiversity of alkaline marshes and grasslands, the ecological effects of removing old canals and dykes and replacing overhead power lines by underground cables. Furthermore, it deals with invasive plant species, grazing management, traditional breeds and local food production.
Field trip name: Biodiversity-trip

Workshop 02 Planning for action - Management plans that work for nature
Room ID: KC207
Room capacity: 22 people
Participants: 10/22
12-10-2013 9AM

Speaker: Mateusz Grygoruk (PL), Warsaw University of Life Sciences - SGGW, Department of Hydraulic Engineering, Warsaw / Biebrza National Park
Workshop leader: Peter Ogden (UK), Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
Focus: A management plan is only as good as its implementation. How can we ensure our plans are fit for the future and deliver real actions? We look at work in the Hortobágy National Park and follow their journey from plan to action.
Field trip location: Angyalháza, Szelencés and Borzas areas
Field trip: The trip focuses on species-specific conservation plans for the Great Bustard (Otis tarda) and other ground-breeding avian species connected to native grasslands and agricultural areas. The walk will also highlight specific survey techniques and the adaptation of management plans to agro-environmental schemes and predicted climatic variability. Furthermore, traditional breeds, invasive plant species, grazing management, wetland management and ecotourism will be discussed.
Field trip name: Bustard-trip

Workshop 03 Nature that counts - Monitoring biodiversity
Room ID: IF08
Room capacity: 20 people
Participants: 8/20
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Catherine Wynn (UK), Peak District NP; Tiia Kalkse (NO), Pasvik Inari Trilateral Park
Workshop leader: Dr. Rozália Érdiné Szekeres (HU), Ministry of Rural Development
Focus: In order to make sound decisions on management issues, as well as capture current and future trends, we need good base data on the biodiversity that is out there. We will look at some examples of how wildlife is monitored in Hortobágy National Park.
Field trip location: Zám area
Field trip: The field trip leads to a native alkaline grassland interspersed with wet grasslands and marshes, where various monitoring methodologies can be demonstrated. Later, an extensively managed fishpond system with rich birdlife that is recognised as Ramsar site will be demonstrated, followed by a short walk in the Wild Animal Park Hortobágy. The trip will focus on wetland management, extensive fishpond management, grazing management and ecotourism.
Field trip name: Bird counting trip

Workshop 04 Working to bring nature back - Restoration in a changing landscape
Room ID: KC208
Room capacity: 22 people
Participants: 1/22
12-10-2013 9AM

Speaker: Andris Širovs (LV), Kemeri National Park
Workshop leader: Ignace Schops (BE)
Focus: Europe has lost much of its natural landscape, but there is now a strong fight back to restore ecosystems and habitats. Natura 2000 sites and protected areas will be affected by climate change so how do we plan for a changing landscape? We see an example of a restored marsh in the Hortobágy National Park.
Field trip location: Egyek-Pusztakócs Marshes Nature Trail
Field trip: The trip will focus on the restoration of a network of alkaline marshes by the artificial management of its hydrological system, grazing and restoration of the original vegetation. Traditional breeds, fire management, ecosystem monitoring and ecotourism will also be demonstrated.
Field trip name: Marsh reconstruction trip

Workshop 05 Managing wild - Working with wilderness
Room ID: I107
Room capacity: 22 people
Participants: 13/22
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Zoltan Kun (HU), PAN Parks Foundation
Workshop leader: Erika Stanciu (RO)
Focus: Management and wilderness: are the two compatible? What kind of management do we need to restore or to help wilderness survive? Are wilderness and wild areas accepted /promoted by the European countries as part of their conservation programmes? We shall look at the new EU guidelines for the management of Wilderness and Wild Areas in Natura 2000 sites, the EU Wilderness Register, the initiatives of Wild Europe and PAN Parks. You are invited to contribute case studies of wilderness protection and restoration. The field trip will illustrate conservation work with Przewalski's horses and Heck cattle in Hortobágy National Park.
Field trip location: Pentezug area
Field trip: The trip leads to the wild horse reserve Pentezug, where Przewalski's horses and reconstructed Aurochses maintain alkaline grasslands by grazing with a minimum of human interference. The wilderness project in the area contributes to the conservation programme of the Przewalski’s horse (EEPP) and makes it possible to study prehistoric grazing systems. Later a walk in the Wild Animal Park Hortobágy is planned. Further highlights of the trip include grazing and fire management as well as ecosystem monitoring.
Field trip name: Wild horse-trip

Workshop 06 Nature in the wrong place - Management of invasive species
Room ID: KC209
Room capacity: 22 people
Participants: 2/22
12-10-2013 9AM

Speaker:  Zoltán Vajda (HU), Kiskunság National Park
Workshop leader:Marian Jager-Wöltgens (NL)
Focus: Many Natura 2000 sites and protected areas are under a growing threat of invasive species, but how can we monitor, eradicate and predict their future with changing climatic conditions? We look at how Hortobágy National Park is tackling this problem in their area.
Field trip location: Great Forest of Debrecen (Hajdúság-Dél-Nyírség Landscape Protection Area)
Field trip: The trip will demonstrate ecological threats, control techniques of False Acacia, Black Cherry, Short Ragweed and Common Milkweed and management problems of the highly invasive Indigo Bush.
Field trip name: Alien plant trip

Workshop 07 Rural alliances - Working with agriculture
Room ID: I102
Room capacity: 42 people
Participants: 10/42
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Clunie Keenleyside (EU), IEEP; Jacques Decuignieres (FR), CECTD - Cité Européenne de la Culture et du Tourisme Durable
Workshop leader: Dominique Leveque (FR)
Focus: How can protected areas and agriculture collaborate for mutual benefits and find funding tools to enhance nature conservation and sustainable food production? What will the effect of the new CAP be on these rural alliances? We will look at an agro-environment project where Hortobágy National Park works in partnership with local farmers to improve the area’s birdlife.
Field trip location: North-Hortobágy and Nagyszik LIFE+ project area
Field trip: The trip will focus on alkaline steppe and wader breeding sites. The trip will include walks on privately owned arable lands serving as bustard-friendly fields and sites with agricultural management that provide habitats for cranes and geese. Further highlights include wetland and grazing management, ecosystem monitoring, ecotourism and the use of traditional breeds.
Field trip name: Agro-environmental trip

Workshop 08 Working with others for nature - Involving partners beyond the protected area
Room ID: I207
Room capacity: 42 people
Participants: 9/42
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Marianne Lang (FR), MedPan
Workshop leader: Eric Baird (UK)
Focus: What makes a good partnership? Who do Natura 2000 and protected areas need to work alongside to ensure wider support for nature conservation? We look at one area in Hortobágy NP and explore what makes this partnership work for mutual benefit of all involved.
Field trip location: Kunkápolnás Marsh and Nagyiván area
Field trip: The trip will focus on the participation of local farmers' alliances in bustard conservation. Agro-environmental issues connected with the conservation of alkaline wetlands and Great Bustard grazing management will also be discussed, with a special respect on the use of local breeds and the role of ecotourism.
Field trip name: Kunkápolnás trip

Workshop 09 Working with wood - Resolving conflicts of interests with commercial forestry in protected areas
Room ID: IF09
Room capacity: 20 people
Participants: 5/20
12-10-2013 9AM

Speaker: Gerald Plattner, (AT) Österreichische Bundesforste AG
Workshop leader: Rolands Auzins (LV)
Focus: Can forests be managed for commercial use and conservation simultaneously in a Natura 2000 or protected area? How do we resolve management issues when there are conflicting objectives? We examine forestry management in the Hortobágy NP.
Field trip location: Ohat Forest, Nagy Kácsa floodplain forest
Field trip: The trip leads to a floodplain forest and will focus on alkaline oak forests which belong to the most endangered plant communities in the Carpathian Basin.
The struggle against alien plant species and forest ecosystem monitoring will also be discussed.
Field trip name: Forest management trip

Workshop 10 Communication comes naturally - or does it?
Room ID: I202
Room capacity: 42 people
Participants: 7/42
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Marcus Bauer (DE), Respontour; Laura Istrate (RO), ProPark
Workshop leader: Dea Mijakovac (HR), EUROPARC
Focus: Communication is the single biggest challenge and opportunity facing Natura 2000 and protected areas. So how can we do it better? What skills are needed for the modern protected area staff? We analyse communication skills needed and tools we can use to communicate effectively considering how we plan and execute our communication with stakeholders. We meet some stakeholders of the Hortobágy National Park and hear their perspective.
Field trip location: Angyalháza and Borzas areas
Field trip: The trip will focus on cooperation and communication with stakeholders in Natura 2000 areas, with a special respect to the management of ground-nesting birds. Issues of traditional breeds, invasive plant species, grazing management, wetland management and ecotourism will also be discussed.
Field trip name: Angyalháza-trip

Workshop 11 Tourism works for nature - Joining forces for sustainable destinations and ecotourism
Room ID: IF01
Room capacity: 80 people
Participants: 41/80
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Anders Bergström (SWE), Lake Hornborga Nature Reserve; Andrei Blumer (RO), Eco Romania
Workshop leader: Paulo Castro (PT)
Focus: Natura 2000 and protected areas have natural assets, wildlife, landscape, peace and quiet, that many visitors like to experience. How can we develop a common understanding about the quality and sustainability of a tourism destination based in a protected or classified area? We should look at how other awarding schemes have developed their methodology and at how the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism matches the same concerns. Through an exploration of tourist attractions and the growing “bird tourism” in Hortobágy we see ecotourism in action.
Field trip location: Visitor Center, Máta Stud, Hortobágy-Halastó
Field trip: The trip includes a visit of the Visitor Center, the Máta Stud and Hortobágy-Halastó with its small narrow gauge railway, concentrating on crane and bird watching tourism as a model of ecotourism.
Field trip name: Ecotourism-trip

Workshop 12 Working for nature - Volunteering in protected areas: benefits for nature, benefits for people
Room ID: I108
Room capacity: 20 people
Participants: 5/20
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Anna Broszkiewicz (UK), RSPB, Case study from Grundtvig project, Italy tbc; Mattia Speranza (IT), National Park Foreste Casentinesi
Workshop leader: Federico Minozzi (IT)
Focus: How should Natura 2000 and protected area managers invest in the management and training of staff and volunteers so that all benefit? What are the real benefits of volunteering for protected areas, staff, volunteers themselves and society? What means and management tools exist in order to create a better win-win-situation in terms of volunteering in protected areas? How to measure the impact of informal learning? We discuss these questions as well as actual case studies and meet some volunteers working on Hortbágy National Park.
Field trip location: Vajda Kurgan (burial mound)
Field trip: The trip leads to a burial mound, where participants can take part actively in the restoration of the vegetation by removing invasive plants.
Field trip name: Kurgan-trip

Workshop 13 Natural Capital - Making money work for nature
Room ID: IF02
Room capacity: 40 people
Participants: 14/40
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Lennart Graaff (NL), Nationale Landschappen; Alberto Arroyo Schnell (HU), EHF, WWF Europe
Workshop leader: Hans Schiphorst (NL), coordinator of Dutch national parks
Focus: How can Natura 2000 sites and protected areas be more creative in sourcing money, are there existing sources that could be used for nature conservation? We look at a non-Life funded project in the Bihar region and examine why they were successful and what they did with their money.
Field trip location: Konyár area (Bihar region)
Field trip: The trip focuses on the restoration of former alkaline wetlands and includes a visit in one of the best Great Bustard areas of the region.
Issues related to traditional breeds and ecotourism will also be discussed.
Field trip name: Konyár-trip

Workshop 14 Nature is a LIFE’s Work - LIFE and integrated funding projects
Room ID: IF Conference room
Room capacity: 40 people
Participants: 3/40
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Mikko Tiira (FI), Metsähallitus; László Bécsy (EU), EU LIFE Communication Unit
Workshop leader: Petra Schultheiss (DE)
Focus: LIFE+ is the major funding instrument for nature conservation work in Europe, but its structure, rules and guidelines are changing. How do Natura 2000 sites and protected areas design successful projects that deliver long term sustainable results? We see how one project in the Hortobágy National Park is working.
Field trip location: Borzas and Kunmadaras areas
Field trip: The trip will present a LIFE+ project: rehabilitation of a former aviation bombardment area of the Soviet Air Force in the core zone of the national park.
The trip will also present traditional breeds, grazing management, wetland management and ecosystem monitoring.
Field trip name: LIFE-trip

Workshop 15 Green infrastructure - Nature working outside the box
Room ID: I231
Room capacity: 20 people
Participants: 7/20
12-10-2013 9AM

Speakers: Marco Fritz (EU), European Commission; Carles Castell (ES), EUROPARC Spain
Workshop leader: Carles Castell (ES)
Focus: Natura 2000 sites and protected areas can be green islands in a sea of a developed European landscape. Are our Parks becoming Arks? So how can we create a more connected green infrastructure to deliver sustainable ecosystem service for European citizens? We look at an example of conservation work by a local NGO, happening outside but with support from Hortobágy National Park and how this extends the scope and functionality of the protected area.
Field trip location: Andaháza and Peres areas (Bihar region)
Field trip: The trip leads to a region, where one site is protected and managed by the National Park Directorate and another one (a joining wetland) is managed by a local NGO. It serves as a positive example of an effective cooperation between the National Park and an independent organisation for the benefit of the habitat and the species living there. The wetland restoration area is managed by buffalo grazing, applying cutting-edge green infrastructure technology, traditional breeds and provides local food.
Field trip name: Buffalo-trip