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The series of trainings "Natura 2000 – the Natural Capital" in the Natura 2000 site "Dolina Kamiennej" PLH260019

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;
Agritourism and a local product – quality confirmed by Natura 2000 brand;
Fundraising – you have a good idea, but how to achieve your goal?;
Dolina Kamiennej - a place for people, a place for Nature.

The trainings conducted within 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 "Dolina Kamiennej" site. Piotr Manowiecki from the Association "Miasto Moje A W Nim" focused on the problem of degradation of tourist spots by different forms of advertisement.

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 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 in order to boost tourism in Dolina Kamiennej site. Dr. Marcin Nobis from the Jagiellonian University talked about the plant species and the habitats which are the subject of protection in the "Dolina Kamiennej" Natura 2000 site. Dr. Lech Buchholz from Świętokrzyski National Park discussed the importance of deadwood as an integral and often substantial component of natural forests. Then the participants of the training took part in a trip to the "Dolina Kamiennej" Natura 2000 site, led by dr. Buchholz, dr. Nobis 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 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 Agnieszka Grochal-Gil from the agritourism farm "Zaczarowane Wzgórze".

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. The representative of the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection in Kielce spoke about the organizational and legal determinants of investment process in Natura 2000 sites and the importance and the process of making conservation measures plans. Katarzyna Śnigórska talked about sustainable development and why it is crucial to replace the policy of unlimited growth with it as well as about the coherence of the Natura 2000 network. On the second day of the training Hanna Pamuła and Sławomir Springer discussed the problem of impact of wind turbines on animals and people. Then dr. Urszula Brataniec from the Cracow University of Technology talked about the landscape and architecture of the "Dolina Kamiennej" site and landscape protection. Dr. Przemysław Nawrocki from WWF Polska explained the issue of the protection of rivers and streams. 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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