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The series of trainings "Natura 2000 – the Natural Capital" in the Natura 2000 site Dolina Pisy PLH 200023

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

Natura 2000 - a positive inspiration;
Eco-tourism - a chance for development of the region;
Agritourism and a local product - quality confirmed by Natura 2000 brand;
Renewable energy sources - why should we use them?;
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 Pisy" site. The issue of sustainable development and why it is crucial to replace the policy of unlimited growth with it was disscussed as well as the coherence of the Natura 2000 network. The second day 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.

The second 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 Pisy Natura 2000 site. Aleksandra Stępień from the Association "Miasto Moje A W Nim" focused on the problem of degradation of tourist spots by different forms of advertisement. Prof. Jacek Wolnicki from The Stanisław Sakowicz Inland Fisheries Institute  talked about fish species chich are protected in the Dolina Pisy Natura 2000 site. On the second day dr. Beata Matowicka from the Department of Environmental Protection and Management of Bialystok University of Technology discussed plants species and habitats chich are protected in Dolina Pisy site. Then the participants of the training took part in a trip to the “Dolina Pisy” Natura 2000 site, led by dr. Matowicka and Jakub Pelka, during which the specific examples of the issues related to the tourism, sports and the protection of plants and habitats were discussed.

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. On the second day dr. Jarosław Szewczyk from the Faculty of Architecture of Bialystok University of Technology talked about the unique architecture and landscape of the region.

The fourth training focused on renewable energy sources. It was conducted by an expert in the field - Darius Gazurek.

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 preparing 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 Białystok spoke about the issues concerning working on conservation measures plan for the "Dolina Pisy" Natura 2000 site. Dr. Wojciech Nowakowski discussed good practices concerning the process of preparing conservation measures plans. On the second day of the training Dariusz Kraszewski conducted the workshop on community participation in nature conservation.
At the end of the series of trainings, all participants received the certificates of completion.



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