September 2017 – Back to Office and Time for Workshops

September is the closing month for many field expert teams. Mostly those researching habitats, but also some species, such as invertebrates have had their last fieldwork mission for this season. In October, we will still conduct limited researches on mammals, cave habitats, fish fauna and birds.

Meanwhile, we organized two workshops in September.

The first workshop “Towards sustainable biodiversity data management: experiences with Natura 2000 processes and lessons learned” was held on 18th September in cooperation with GIZ. Main objectives of the workshop were to foster discussion amongst all relevant stakeholders related to biodiversity data management in general and to inform about the Natura 2000 processes in Croatia and Montenegro.

The second training workshop ‘Biogeographical Seminars’ for assessing the sufficiency of the national list of proposed Sites of Community Importance within the Natura 2000 process” was organized on 21st September. The Natura Team used the presence of two international experts to present the overall EU approach for assessing the sufficiency of national proposals in an understandable way for all stakeholders. Here again, the importance and the need for accurate scientific data across the whole country to justify national proposals was highlighted. The presentations were accompanied by practical examples.

There were many lessons learned to take home!