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Successful international conference “Nature protection in military areas” in Veszprém

21. 04. 2014.

100 applicants from 13 countries took part of the international conference on 14-16 May 2014, in Veszprém, Hungary, in the framework of the Eastern-Bakony Project (LIFE07 NAT/H/000321) and the Hungarian Little Plain Project (LIFE08 NAT/H/000289), which both aims to rehabilitate protected sand land habitats on areas used by Military Forces.

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Military usage of protected areas is a common practice in many countries in Europe. Defence forces and conservation experts face with similar issues, such as illegal waste deposition, spread of invasive species, rehabilitation of degraded habitats and demolition of abounded military buildings, therefore, exchange of information and best practices in different countries are crucial.

More than 20 applicants presented their experiences under two main topics: biologists, ecologists and environmental experts presented nature conservation and rehabilitation of sand land habitats, while representatives of Defence Ministries and NATO personnel were invited to present military aspects and best practices.

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On the second and the third day of the conference two field trips provided ground for the participants to look at the results of conservation actions, the protected and invasive species.  It was also a unique opportunity to ask the partners and their experts responsible for the implementation for on-site experiences and advice.

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To conclude, this unique conference facilitated an international best practice exchange, and ensured the opportunity for networking and for future cooperation. Feedbacks from the participants also confirmed that there is a need for similar events or platforms and projects, which provide ground for a dialogue between military and nature conservation experts.

About the field trips you can read here.

Presentations of the plenary, military and nature conservation sessions can be found here.

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