In Smolyan took place a seminar on the topic: Financial possibilities for sustainable forest management in NATURA 2000 [ 2012-05-16 ]
The seminar took place in hotel Kiparis Alpha in Smolya, on the 16th of May 2012, within the project “Sustainable management of Forests in NATURA 2000 sites of Smolyan region”.
The seminar was organized by Green Balkans NGO and was directed mainly towards people engaged in the forest sector of the Smolyan region – the staff of the Regional Forestry Directorate – Smolyan, the South-Central State Forestry Venture, the State ForestUnits from the region and the private forest owners.
The main issues, discussed in the seminar, were related to the diversification of the income sources from the forests, strategies for use of forests in the protected areas in NATURA 2000 and financial tools of the EU for helping initiatives in the forest sector.
Lectors in the seminar were experts from Bulgaria, Germany and Greece.
Within the seminar the forests were analyzed as sources of various ecosystem benefits – providing fresh air, a place for rest, recreation and tourism, keeping and cleaning the water, anti-erosive functions, functions for sustaining the biological and genetic diversity etc. Examples were provided, in which the woods were used as a source of economical benefits and the focus was switched from the timber to new and diverse possibilities including ecotourism and benefits of forests rich in water sources.
Some of the lectors showed scientific studies and works, which integrated the goals of NATURA 2000 with the goals of the modern economical sustainable forest management. As an alternative to compensate the loss of the diminished timber in the forest of NATURA 2000, were showed the financial instruments of the EU for support of projects related to the conservation of biodiversity in the forests.
Neli Arabadzhieva - Green Balkans NGO
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