„Grazing is amazing“

Project LIFE SUB-PANNONIC focuses on restoration of rare dry grassland ecosystems which are currently threatened by succession and invasive plant species due to the abandonement of traditional grazing and management of these localitites. The restoration of the rare habitats is done with the help of four-legged mowers – sustainable management through grazing animals by local farmars. On the 21 localities across Slovakia, from the Small Carpathians all to way to Zemplín on the east and on 7 localities in Moravia the project improves the status of rare habitats and the protection status of population of floral species of European Importance: Himantoglossum caprinum, Onosma tornensis and Artemisia pancicii.

Project name. Conservation of subpannonic dry grassland habitats and species
Project acronym: LIFE SUB-PANNONIC

Project scheme: LIFE, Nature and Biodiversity

The project will be implemented in the following Member State(s) and Region(s) or other
countries: Czech Republic Jihovychod Slovakia Stredne Slovensko
Expected start date: 01/09/2018 Expected end date: 31/12/2024

Main objective: The main objective of the project is to improve the conservation status of 3 priority habitats (*6240,*6210 and *6250) and 3 species of Community importance: *Onosma tornensis, *Artemisia
pancicii and Himantoglossum caprinum in the norhern edge of the Pannonian bioregion and on its border with Carpathian and Continental bioregions.

• Projects aimed at improving the conservation status of habitat types or species (including bird
species) of Community Interest, targeting the Natura 2000 sites proposed or designated for these
habitat types or species.
• Projects aimed at improving the conservation status of habitat types in Natura 2000 sites or species
(including bird species) of Community Interest, provided, their status is not “favourable/secure and
not declining” or “unknown” according to the most recent overall assessments that Member States
have provided at the relevant geographic level according to Article 17 of the Habitats Directive or to
the most recent assessments according to Article 12 Birds Directive and EU-level bird assessments.

Specific Targets:

1. For *Onosma tornensis, it will cover all sites of its occurence in Slovakia wihin the NATURA 2000
network, representing cca 50% of the total SK/HU population of this endemic species.
2. For endemic species *Artemisia pancicii, 1 of cca 10 remaining sites worldwide will be covered.

3. Himantoglossum caprinum – the species will be conserved on northernmost edge of its overall
distribution range. The respective populations are very endangered presently, with only a few
indivduals left. The covered sites hold more than 80% of the overall SR population of this rare species.
4. 6240* – the project will cover and restore the core of habitats occurence in Slovakia and one of the
most important sites in CR.
5. *6250 – some of the most important sites with this habitat type in Czech Republic will be restored.

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Jazýčkovec východný (Himantoglossum caprinum)

 

Rumenica turnianska (Onosma tornensis)

 

Artemisia pančičova (Artemisia pancicii)

Projektové lokality

LIST OF ALL PROPOSED ACTIONS

A. Preparatory actions, elaboration of management plans and/or of action plans

A1 Expert study on restoration management of grassland habitats
A2 Expert study on restoration of target habitats by reintroduction of grazing
A3 Expet study on optimal management of target species

B. Purchase/lease of land and/or compensation payments for use rights

B1 Land purchase and long-term lease of land

C. Conservation actions

C1 Restoration management of grassland habitats
C2 Restoration of grassland habitats by reintroduction of grazing
C3 Specific restoration measures for target species

D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions (obligatory)

D1 Monitoring of project impact on target species and habitats
D2 LIFE performance indicators monitoring
D3 Assessment of project impact on ecosystem services
D4 Assessment of projects socio-economic impacts and impact of dissemination actions

E. Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

E1 Awareness raising – publicE2 Awareness raising – key stakeholders
E3 Replication toolkit
E4 Increasing socio-economic benefits
E5 Networking and policies

F. Project management (obligatory)

F1 Project management and reporting
F2 Project bookkeeping, financial management and auditing
F3 After-LIFE plan

Stav k 1.10.2019

A. Preparation activities 

A1 Expert study on restoration management of grassland habitats
A2 Expert study on restoration of target habitats by reintroduction of grazing
A3 Expet study on optimal management of target species

The prepraration of concrete conservation studies has started. We would like to thank the professionals for taget species for their enthusiasm and field work!

C. Concrete conservation actions

C1 Restoration management of grassland habitats

-during 1st year restored 50ha of target habitats is Slovensky Kras, Zemplín and Tematin mountains.

C2 Restoration of grassland habitats by reintroduction of grazing

  • in 2019 we initiated grazing at Velky Kopec and Kralovsky Chlmec and other areas in Slovensky Kras.

C3 Specific restoration measures for target species

  • target species can be very sensitive to intervention. Therefore we approach specific restoration activities only after evaluation of their current status with experts.

D. Monitoring of the impact of the project actions (obligatory)

  • initiated with the help of several experts

E. Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

  • media outputs in regional television
  • reportage from locality Kralovsky Chlmec after restoration of grazing
  • activities were mentioned in the radio and in daily mail and web portal homm.sk 
  • rasining awareness of stakeholders on daily basis through meetings and discussions
  • best practice transfer to national policy documents – novelisation of the Nature and Environmental protection law and improving the funding instruments for nature friendly farming practices

Mgr. Pavol Littera, PhD. – senior project manager

littera(at)broz.sk

Mgr. Katarína Mikulová – junior project manager

mikulova(at)broz.sk