Management of extensive grasslands in mountain areas

How to preserve species-rich grassland and traditional farming systems?

Extensively managed grasslands are among the most biodiverse systems in Europe, but are threatened by abandonment, intensification, land-use change and poorly designed policies.   In this workshop, we invite scientists, farmers, conservationists and policymakers to discuss how to develop the „best“ advice for management and conservation of biodiverse grasslands, and how to support nature-friendly farming systems which are profitable and socially sustainable in the modern context.  

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Deutscher Verband für Landschaftspflege e.V.


Pogany-Havas Regional Association

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Sunday, 29.05.2016

19:30 Dinner
21:00 Presentation of the film "Mountain Hay Meadows: hotspots of biodiversity and tradional culture"

Monday, 30.05.2016

9:00   Registration
9:15   Opening
          Gergely Rodics (Pogány-havas Regional Association, PHA)  
9:45   Characteristics of species-rich grasslands in the Ciuc Mountains
          Laszlo Demeter (Pogány-havas Reg. Association)  
10:15 Political framework to protect forest-grassland mosaics in Romania
          Erika Stanciu, Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, Romania
          Designing a results-based agri-environment payment schemes
          Laura Sutcliffe (Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity)
11:00 Coffee break  
11:30 Wood pastures to preserve biodiversity in Romania
          Tibor Hartel (Satientia University Cluj Napoca, Romania)  
12:15 The threats to wood pastures in Europe
          Jabier Ruiz Mirazo (EFNCP)  
13:00 Lunch break  
14:00 Hay meadow conservation in King´s Rock National Park
          Mircea Vergheleţ & Dr. Oliviu Pop (Parcul Naţional Piatra Craiului, Romania)  
14:45 How do public institutions on nature conservation and agriculture contribute to the conservation of species-rich hay meadows?
          Ágnes Balázsi (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca)  
15:30 Coffee break  
16:00 How do summer farms in Sweden survive?
          Marie Kvarnström (University Uppsala)  
16:30 Discussion and summary of the day 
17:00 Guided meadow walk around the guesthouse
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Satoyama Development Mechanism: Collective learning for promoting communities in harmony with nature
           Yasuo Takahashi (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)

Tuesday, 31.05.2016

8:30 Marketing high quality hay for fodder
        Andreas Schäfer (Landcare Association Birkenfels, Germany)
9:00 Local Products to preserve and develop traditional farming
        Werner Thumann (Landcare Association Neumarkt i.d.OPf, Germany)
9:30 Discussion about high value products
9:45 Excursion to visit the high biodiversity mountain hay meadows of Pogány-havas mountain and a    summer farm.
14:30 Lunch break
16:00 Arrival to Miercurea Ciuc





21:30–18:00 h