Building capacities of Carpathian protected areas managers

Old-fashioned habitat mapping methods are time-consuming, they often need special expertise and tend to be rather expensive. Effective, integrated, science-based nature conservation management planning needs innovative tools, methods and capacity building. To face this challenge, this work package provides platform for international cooperation and experience exchange to address and share best practices in biodiversity and site management.

The base of a new approach for habitat management planning will be developed through the introduction of innovative tools and methodologies for habitat mapping and evaluation. During the project lifetime, a forest state assessment methodology will be introduced as an innovative technique to serve multi-aspect and small-scale evaluation of forests. The protocol will be evaluated and finalised based on the methodology for monitoring the change in semi-natural forest habitats.

Next to the forest evaluation methodology a new evaluation of grasslands will be developed and tested for management planning. To showcase innovative tools, LIDAR, a light detection and ranging tool will be introduced for monitoring the topography, species and habitat diversity. The LiDAR scan will provide the base for a more effective and long-term nature conservation planning. The LiDAR tool will be tested on a pilot action in two habitats: a mountainous and a river valley in the Danube-Ipoly National Park.

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LIDAR - A 3D remote sensing technology, a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflected light with a sensor.

The results will be evaluated on an expert workshop, that will lead to the preparation of nature conservation management plan for Börzsöny mountains in Hungary, as well as the development of guidelines for proper integrated nature conservation planning. The results will be shared among the Carpathian Network of Protected Areas and the Carpathian Convention.