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Baltic Landscape Project 
and its Polish prospect 
as a practical contribution 
to the management of the landscape


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This presentation by Piotr Grygier describes the Baltic Landscape Project with its goals, the new integrated landscape planning, the role of tourism, water management and conclusions derived from considering and managing all these different factors.

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Baltic Landscape Project 
and its Polish prospect 
as a practical contribution 
to the management of the landscape

  1. 1. Baltic Landscape Project and its Polish prospect as a practical contribution to the management of the landscape Piotr Grygier Regional Directorate of State Forests in Poznan Global Landscape Forum, Warsaw 16-17.11.2013
  2. 2. ASSUMPTIONS Landscape management faces new challenges caused by globalization, climate changes, demands of more intensive use of natural resources and enhanced protection. These demands often cause conflicts among stakeholders. Today´s system of landscape management is not efficient enough to provide answers for these challenges and demands. Current governance in the landscape should be substantially improved. 2
  3. 3. Kovdozersky MF Komi MF Vilhelmina Ilomantsi Bergslagen Pskov MF Under leadership of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå; 14 partners from 7 countries Helge River Neman Warta Mazury 3
  4. 4. Baltic Landscape Project Goal Long-term goal for 2012-2025 is to foster good governance in forested landscape in the Baltic Sea region Objectives for 2012-2014 1.To establish a network of „landscapes” in Baltic Sea Region which can serve, over longer period, as polygons for development of better planning and management as well as examples of sustainable development. 2.To identify and analyze main problems occurring in the landscape and develop first proposals on how the situation can be improved. Project main focus is on o o o 4 Balancing interests of landscape users Basin approach to water management Integration of planning in the landscape
  5. 5. Six work packages: • Administration, • Information, • Establishment of Baltic Landscapes, • Integrated planning in the landscape, • Balancing interests in the landscape, • Integrated, basin approach to water management. 5
  6. 6. Polish example: Baltic Landscape „Warta” Site The BL „Warta” is based mainly on existing Promotional Forest Complex „Noteć Primeval Forest” and some other State Forests areas located in Wielkopolska Region. The Promotional Forest Complexe – what’s this? 6
  7. 7. BL WARTA 25 Promotional Forest Complexes which are located in each of the 17 regional directorates of the State Forests. At present, their total area is 1211 thousand hectares, of which 1190 thousand hectares are within the area administered by the State Forests (16.7% of its total area). 7
  8. 8. WP4 – New approach to integrated landscape planning as exemplified by Natura 2000 sites Using the Model Forest concept an attempt was made to unite various communities in the Welna River Valley in order to give institutional planning an integrated character. The focus was on management of natural resources in Natura 2000 area. Rivers are a big source of different conflicts on nature management. As a result of undertaken activities the following documents have been done or are in preparation: 1. „Analysis of Barriers to Implementation and Management of the Natura 2000 Network and to Implementation of the European Landscape Convention in Poland” - completed. The document constitutes a synthesis of the present knowledge on implementation of the Natura 2000 network and the Landscape Convention in Poland. 2. „Diagnosis of the State of Natural Environment in the Welna Valley Natura 2000 Site and Preparation of Guidelines for Practical Actions” – in preparation. 3. A paper on the Flinta River - in preparation. It will specify the river hydromorthological parameters and indicate directions for management of the river catchment area, that will help solve existing problems. Common agreement is a success guarantee. 8
  9. 9. „The landscape of Wełna Valley – spring overflown area. (fot. A. Jóźwiak) „Hildenbrandia rivularis – endangered species of algae specific for lowland and piedmont rivers with communities of white water crowfoots. (fot. A. Jóźwiak) „Hydroelectric power station in Oborniki (330 kW). (fot.J. Bator) Tourists on the river 9 Nature reserve (Wełna River) - spawning site of salmon. (fot. B. Jeran)
  10. 10. WP5 – Tourism and Recreation in Forested Landscapes of the BL Warta Site • Polish forests are open for everybody • Sources of conflicts (over 50 found!) • The development of partnership (based on Local Tourist Group) • Exchange of experience (with other national and international sites) • Tourist map (on-line) „Forest education „Landscape of the Karczma Borowa Forest District (fot. T. Girtler) GIS data base and interactive tourist map 10 (fot. T. Girtler)
  11. 11. WP6 - Water Management in Water Catchment Area on BL Warta Site • Strategic water management ( European Water Directive and national law) • Wide group of stakeholders and conflicts • Small retention – important issue (influence on landscape) • Riverine forests, • Trainings and partnership Water - essential element of forest ecosystems (fot. A. Całka) .Forest in Czeszewo Nature Reserve (fot. A. Całka) 11 Water retention in forest (fot. A. Całka)
  12. 12. Some conclusions 1.Limited participation of interested local parties and top-down, bureaucratic approach is a common problem of sectorial planning. The BL Project is gradually building local partnership and developing proposals for integrated approach to landscape planning. 2.The BL Project is analyzing roots of selected problems and developing proposal of solutions. On the Baltic Sea Region level the project is summarizing local experiences and developing proposals for regional and national policy as well as proposals of local implementation tools. The new or improved procedures are needed to utilize local initiatives during the regional and sub regional spatial planning in the landscape. 3.The Baltic Landscapes are using existing example of the Model Forest formula and Network. The BL Project has established the network of landscapes around Baltic Sea, which can develop necessary tools to implement on the ground innovative proposals addressing current challenges. 12
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention Regionalna Dyrekcja Lasów Państwowych ul. Gajowa 10 60-959 Poznań tel. +48 616684411, fax +48 616684410 13