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The series of trainings "Natura 2000 – the Natural Capital" in the Natura 2000 site “Dolinki Jurajskie” PLH120005

The series of trainings "Natura 2000 – the Natural Capital" consisted of six two-day modules on the following topics:

Natura 2000 - a positive inspiration;
Renewable energy sources – why should we use them?;
Agritourism and a local product – quality confirmed by Natura 2000 brand;
Eco-tourism - active holidays in harmony with nature;
Fundraising – you have a good idea, but how to achieve your goal?;
Dolinki Jurajskie - a place for people, a place for Nature.

The trainings conducted under the project "Natura mission", were directed mainly to the representatives of local authorities, NGOs, entrepreneurs and farmers, as well as other persons and entities interested in the development of their region or farm on the basis of the potential of the Natura 2000 network. For each module experts from a particular field were invited.

During the first meeting the Natura 2000 program was discussed and the most important information on conservation measures plans were presented as well as basic information on nature of the "Dolinki Jurajskie" site. Dr Danuta Hyła from the Cracow University of Technology talked about the landscape and architecture of the “Dolinki Jurajskie” site, and Piotr Manowiecki from the Association "Miasto Moje A W Nim" focused on the problem of degradation of tourist spots by different forms of advertisements.
The second meeting of the training focused on renewable energy sources was conducted by an expert in the field - Bogdan Szymański. He discussed particular renewable energy sources in terms of their applicability in the Dolinki Jurajskie site.

The third training focused on issues related to the regional products, and how to use them in order to develop local economic activities, such as agritourism. The training was conducted by an expert in the field - Mrs Olga Gałek from the Foundation of Active People and Places. A number of examples of local products and the history associated with them were discussed. Also the Educational Farm project was introduced to the participants of the training. This part was led by Mrs Elżbieta Kmita - Dziasek from the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Brwinów.
The fourth training focused on issues related to subject of eco-tourism. Part of the training was conducted by Jakub Pełka (The Foundation for Support of Environmental Initiatives), who together with the participants tried to find the ways to increase the number of tourist visiting the "Dolinki Jurajskie" region and, at the same time, not to bring any harm to the nature, which is the biggest advantage of this place.

The issues of the protection of bats species were discussed by Katarzyna Kozakiewicz (Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences). The problem of climbing in protected areas was discussed by Dr. Miłosz Jodłowski from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University. The participants took part in a trip to the Będkowska Valley, led by Dr. Jodłowski, Dr. Kulpiński from the Institute of Botany, Jagiellonian University, Katarzyna Kozakiewicz and Jakub Pelka, during which the specific examples of the issues related to the tourism, sports and the protection of habitats and bats were discussed.

The fifth in a series of trainings, which partly took the form of workshops, was led by Joanna Kica (European Advisory Studio). In the beginning the operational programs and expected changes in the new financial perspective for 2014-2020 were discussed. Then the participants of the training practiced writing particular parts of a project.
The last in the series of trainings "Natura 2000 - the Natural Capital" was conducted by 5 specialists. Małgorzata Michna from the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Krakow talked about practical aspects of preparing conservation measures plans. Dr Robert Pawlusiński from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management talked about the tourism and recreation as a potential direction of development of the southern part of Wyżyna Krakowsko - Częstochowska. On the second day Krzysztof Kus from the Foundation for Support of Ecological Initiatives talked about methodology and tools of environmental education in agritourism farms. Agnieszka Grochal-Gil from the agritourism farm “Zaczarowane Wzgórze” talked about the role of countryside in recreation and education. Regional Nature Conservator in Cracow, Dr Bożena Kotońska talked about the role of leaders in the development of the region. Finally, Ireneusz Mirowski from the Foundation for Support of Ecological Initiatives summed up the series of trainings.

Part of every meeting was devoted to communication and the role of conflict and mediation in disputes related to the development of conservation measures plans of Natura 2000 sites. It was conducted by a specialist in social mediation and communication, Marzenna Nowakowska.
At the end of the series of trainings, all participants received the certificates of completion.

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