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The series of trainings "Natura 2000 – the Natural Capital" in the Natura 2000 site “Lipienniki w Dąbrowie Górniczej” PLH240037

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?;
Eco-tourism – a chance for development of the region;
Slow life - art of conscious life and Natura 2000;
Fundraising – you have a good idea, but how to achieve your goal?;
Lipienniki w Dąbrowie Górniczej - 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, as well as other persons and entities interested in the development of their region 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 "Lipienniki w Dąbrowie Górniczej" site. 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 training focused on renewable energy sources. It was conducted by the experts in the field - Radosław Sadlok and Darius Gazurek. The subject was met with great interest. The training participants asked many detailed questions about specific technological solutions. Photovoltaics and issues related to energy saving in households aroused the greatest interest . Many questions concerned the heat pumps and solar panels and windmills. In addition, the subjects of biofuels, biomass and biogas were discussed.

The third meeting concentrated on the subject of Eco-tourism as a chance for development of the region. Jakub Pełka discussed the possibilities of development of eco-tourism in the region and tried to answer the question what to do to boost tourism in Dąbrowa Górnicza. Dr. Kamil Kulpiński from the Jagiellonian University talked about the plant species and the habitats which are the subject of protection in the "Lipienniki w Dąbrowie Górniczej" Natura 2000 site. Then the participants took part in a trip to the "Lipienniki w Dąbrowie Górniczej" Natura 2000 site, led by Dr. Kulpiński and Jakub Pelka, during which the specific examples of the issues related to the tourism, sports and the protection of habitats and plants were discussed.

The fourth in a series of trainings consisted of two panels. The theme of the first was "Slow life - art of conscious life and Natura 2000". It began with a presentation by Mr Maciej Roik from the "Slow Life, Food & Garden"  magazine, who spoke about what the slow life is and how to live in slower pace in nowadays world. Then Jakub Pełka talked about how to educate about the Natura 2000 network, and at the end Sebastian Kosakowski talked about tourism in the Mine "Sztygarka". The subject of the second panel was the EU Water Framework Directive and Floods Directive and their link with the Natura 2000 program. It was discussed by the representatives of both the academic institutions and non-governmental organizations: MSc. Magdalena Gugała, prof. Wojciech Bartnik, Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki.

The fifth training, 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 several specialists. Ludmiła Borowska from the General Directorate of Environmental Protection spoke about the organizational and legal determinants of investment process in Natura 2000 sites. Przemysław Król from the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Katowice talked about conservation measures plans in the Silesia voivodeship. Then Dr. Danuta Hyła from the Cracow University of Technology talked about the landscape and architecture of the "Lipienniki w Dąbrowie Górniczej" site. Finally Katarzyna Śnigórska, a specialist in the Natura 2000 network, talked about the coherence of the Natura 2000 network.

The second day started with a presentation by Katarzyna Śnigórska, who talked about sustainable development and why it is necessary to replace the policy of unlimited growth with it. Hanna Pamuła and Sławomir Springer discussed the problem of impact of wind turbines on animals and people.
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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