We aim for complex nature conservation

The project is related to the large area of the river Danube branch  system in Slovakia in  localities Dobrohošť – Sap, Klúčovské and Číčovské branches,  Čiližsky creek and to wetlands,  in the river alluvium Váh, Ipeľ and the Danube. In Hungary, the project is related to  the National Park Danube – Ipeľ area

The common aims of all the measures that will be implemented in the project are: to ensure sufficient amount of water for these increasingly drying areas and ensure a suitable water regime for the native  plant and animal species.

Such a large project has not been implemented in Slovakia yet, and it will serve as a model for other similar projects in the future.

Hidden camera by the nest of the White-tailed eagle

Hidden nest camera has recorded a couple of White-tailed eagles

Come and see the exhibition „Windows to nature“

In the rooms of reconstructed grainery at the Ecofarm Ostrov near the Veľkolélsky ostrov Island, you may get to know more about the disappearing beauties of Danube floodplains. You may see them as well as touch or even smell the natural beauties. We are looking forward to seeing you. More information/reservations: +421 948 104 665…

Identification of selected seed trees in Danube floodplains

Experts from National forest centre (NLC) have indetified significant trees – sources of genetic material of the native tree and shrub species (black and white poplar, pear tree, white willow, narrow-leafed ash, bird cherry…). The most valuable of the trees will be nominated in National register and National list of  Forest reproductive material. In the…

Excursions on Veľkolélsky ostrov Island for schools and public are popular

Chilren from schools, nurseries and wide public are invited to attend an excursion on Veľkolélsky ostrov Island. Part of the excursions is not only getting to know about natural beauties of the island and its´ unique habitat mosaic, but there is also a chance to ride horses (hucule), getting to know about different ways of…

Summer camps in Veľký Lél – many children participated again this year

Again this year we organised 6 summer camps for children in the nature of  Veľkolélsky ostrov Island during summer holidays (activity E.7). The sessions were full booked already in May which is the proof of a high interest in these camps among children. Apart of horse riding children also learned about native inhabitants of Danube nature…

Invitation to the Green Day in Dömös, Hungary 9th of September

We are inviting all families to the annual event – Green Day in Dömös which will take place 9th of September 2017. You will enjoy many different activities for children and adults in the heart of beautiful nature in Danube floodplain forests.

Story of the Veľkolélsky ostrov island – series in Radio Regina

Listen to another interesting facts about natural wealth of the Veľkolélsky ostrov island, about people living in the village Veľký Lél, pollard willows or the ecofarm keeping many kinds of domestic animals like horses or cows grazing on the island. Reportage in Radio Regina can be found here.

Press release – World Wetland Day, 2. 2. 2018

Second day of February belongs to the wetlands. Apart form the traditional feast of Candlemas we also remind World Wetland Day. The fact that this day of wetlands is mentioned also in calendar is the proof how important  they are for maintainig stability of Earth´s ecosystem. However the wetlands are still one of the most…

Rebirth of wetlands near Vojka

After the restoration measurement in spring 2017 first possitive results are seen. In the area of former branch river system (project acitivity C.2) near the village Vojka, river arms as long as 800 meters were restored which created permanent wetlands on the area of 1 ha. Water which was brought to dry places using restoration…

Restoration of lowland meadows in Apál has started

Few weeks before Christmas we managed to install a barrier against motor vehicles which we placed on deserted field road in the edge of National Natural Reserve Apálsky ostrov near the Komárno town (SKUEV Dolnovážske luhy). It´s purpose is to block the access of motor vehicles into the reserve. Due to this measurement the road…

Grown seedlings of native trees

Partner of the project – NLC – has managed to grow several native tree species that will be planted soon in the forest – common oaks, barren pear and apple trees, lindens and black poplars. Altogether 4325 seedlings have been grown. In the same time “mother heads” of black and white poplars have been planted …

Dömös Day attracted mainly families with kids

A yearly venue named Dömös Day in the village Dömös took place the 9th of September with a rich program focused on nature and its conservation. It attracted mainly families with kids.      

Open Day of the project – 17. 05. 2017 – Waterworks museum, Bratislava

On the occasion of 25th anniversary of the program LIFE and 20th anniversary of the Regional Association For Nature Conservation And Sustainable Development an Open Day of the project Restoration and management of Danube floodplain habitats – LIFE14 NAT/SK/001306 took place on 17th of May 2017 from 8:30 till 21:00 in Waterworks museum in Bratislava.…

Restored wetlands in Danube floodplains near Dobrohošť

In May 2017 we managed to restore and create new wetlands in Danube floodplains near Dobrohošť. After digging a canal the water got into terrain depressions where ideal conditions for native floodplain species was created – e.g. amphibians and birds bound to open water bodies. Apart from amphibians a rare migratory birds appeared right after…

Planting of native woody species of floodplain forests in cadastral area of Bodíky

In April 2017 altogether  3375 nurslings of native woody species were planted in the forest in the cadastral area of Bodíky. The planting was realised on the localities after logging where natural reproduction of trees had not occured. We chose reforestation on these areas to prevent spreading of invasive woody species and to ensure species composition…

Monitoring of amphibians in the project area SCI Dunajské luhy

In the end of March 2017 a monitoring of amphibians started in different localities of restored wetlands. In several places an occurence of rare species was confirmed – The European fire-bellied toad (Bombina bombina) and The Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus). According to the collected and evaluated data about amphibians we will be able to…

Grown seedlings of native trees

Partner of the project – NLC – has managed to grow several native tree species that will be planted soon in the forest – common oaks, barren pear and apple trees, lindens and black poplars. Altogether 4325 seedlings have been grown. In the same time “mother heads” of black and white poplars have been planted…

Restoration of grasslands in SKUEV Čiližské močiare

In the beginning of the spring 2017 in cooperation with local farmers we managed to restore 23 ha of grasslands in long-term wet fields in SKUEV0227, SKUEV1227 Čiližské močiare, in the cadastral area of Číčov. This way together we succesfully enlarged the area of grasslands in the project area. Restoring of grasslands is included in…

Domos Day in Hungary – successful action for families from around the Danube

Within project action E.10 the successful action for public has been organized – for families with children from around the river Danube in village Domos – DOMOS DAY. This action was organized by project partner – DINPD – Duna Ipoly National Park Directorate. The day was held on September 10th, 2016 and was visited by…

Cincér News Letter

Hungarian partner of the project Duna – Ipoly National Park Directorate prepared new No. of Cincér new letter, which is devoted to LIFE Danube floodplains project. Cincér news letter Here is the summary of the articles: The first article: The empire of the white tailed eagle. A report was made with  Balázs Szelényi, the national  species…

Children’s summer camps on Velky Lel locality in full swing!

From the second week of July children’s summer camps take place on the Velky Lel area (project action E.7).Children from closer and more distant surrounding towns and villages can get to know the Danube floodplain countryside and its exceptional beauty during one week course. They also can learn about importance of nature protection and the…

The first part of river branch system in Kralova luka is cleaned and revived

In the middle of May 2016 the first part of Kralova luka branch system was restored in Danube floodplains. With the help of excavator the fallen dead wood and river deposits have been excavated and the water intake from Danube was released. Before restoration there was only little brooklet in some parts of the river…

Project title: Restoration and management of Danube floodplain habitats
Project sector: LIFE+, Nature and Biodiversity
Projektový acronym: LIFE Danube floodplains
Project code: LIFE14 NAT/SK/001306
Expected start date: 01/08/2015
Expected end date:31/01/2022

Total project budget : 5 999 420 € (60 % EU financial contribution – 3 599 651 € , Programme LIFE+)

 

Coordinating beneficiary: 

Regional Association for Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development (Bratislavské regionálne ochranárske združenie) (Slovakia)

Project partners:

–       Water management construction, state enterprize (Vodohospodárska Výstavba, š.p.) (Slovakia)

–       Water research institute (Výskumný ústav vodného hospodárstva) (Slovakia)

–       NAtional Forest Centre (Národné lesnícke centrum) (Slovakia)

–       Duna – Ipoly National Park Directorate (Hungary)

 

        logo NLC

Main results of the project are – reconstruction or   technical objects in a branch system , like  small barriers, , culverts, inlets, outlets, etc. All  measures will be prepared in close cooperation with project partners – Water research institute and Water management construction, state enterprise, and other stakeholders (for example SVP – State water management company)

Expected results:

– Minimum 5 technical facilities in branches will be reconstructed or built, so that to achieve the greatest environmental benefit (enough water and suitable water regime).

–   Water regime will be improved on 1850 ha in the river Danube branch system.

–  At least two insulated side branches will be reconnected to the Danube.

– Branches will be restored to its full length of 4500 m (various barriers – deposits, residue    extraction, etc., which prevent the flow of water will be removed).

–  At least 57,500 native trees will be planted.

– River branches  and wetlands ,revitalized by water, will be able to fix CO2 from the atmosphere, thus reducing the impacts of climate change (return of the  investment thus restored wetlands, is, according to expert estimates, 100 times higher comparing to common  mitigation measures focused to reduce the impact of climate change).

Conservation status of rare species of plants, animals and habitats of floodplain forests and wetlands in the project area (belonging to the Natura 2000 network), will be improved, also flood protection will be improved.

Such a large project has not been implemented in Slovakia yet, and it will serve as a model for other similar projects in the future.

 

Main project objectives:

The project objective is to restore the key natural habitats of Danube floodplains and to introduce sound sustainable management. Habitat restoration will be achieved by improvement of water regime in the vast river branch system and by direct interventions to secure favourable conservation status of targeted habitats.

Specific objectives are:

  1. to optimize water level and distribution of water within the Danube river branch system and in Danube floodplains;
  2.  to restore water regime of selected disturbed localities;
  3.  to restore targeted habitat types and to improve their conservation status
  4. to increase biodiversity of floodplain forest habitats, production potential and ecosystem services of forest management;
  5.  to improve the conservation status of the last remaining fragments of non-forest habitats within project site, especially alluvial meadows and to set-up their sustainable regular management;
  6.  to support practical implementation of the EU Habitats Directive and NATURA 2000 network
  7. to raise awareness on importance of  floodplains restoration and to disseminate knowledge for replication and transfer of results and of best practices.

On the Slovakian part the project focuses on the vast area of Danubiam river branches in the follwing areas: Dobrohošť, Sap, Kľúčovské branch, Číčovské branch and Čilizký stream and the wetlands in the aluviums of Váh, Ipeľ and Danube rivers. In Hungrary the project focuses on the National Park Danube-Ipeľ.

Project area map

Čiližské močiare SKUEV0227, SKUEV1227

Dunajské luhy SKUEV0090

Dunaj SKUEV0393

Velkolélsky ostrov SKUEV0183

Dolnovážske luhy SKUEV0092

Kľúčovské rameno SKUEV0293 a SKUEV1293

Klátovské rameno SKUEV0075

Číčovské luhy SKUEV0182 a SKUEV1182

Háros ostrov HUDI20034

Szentendre Island HUDI20034

The project activities are defined according to LIFE requirements. The outcomes will be updated regularly on the project website. 

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

A.1: Hydrological model on flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube river branch system (VUVH)

Expected results: Final proposal of restoration measures including specification of basic parameters.

A.2: Expert study on restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and wetlands water regime (VUVH)

Elaboration of final expert study that will include all restoration measures including their basic parameters.

A.3: Technical documentation (VVB)

Technical set of project documentation elaborated for realisation of conservation actions C.1 and C.2. Documentation for obtaining construction permit elaborated, submitted to responsible authorities and approved. All necessary permissions and agreements according to Act No. 543/2002 on Nature and Landscape Protection as amended provided.

A.4: Identification of the sources of autochthonous gene pool, reproduction of these species and elaboration of activities draft serving on forest ecosystems conservation (NLC, BROZ, DINPD)

Established a gene pool of 200 DNA-verified Black poplar genotypes with varietal identity and GIS records on Hungarian side.

Individual trees/ approved stands will be indentified within Slovak part of project site as source of reproduction material.

Number of individual trees or areas with approved stands will be nominated to the National Register and National list LRM.

The expert study proposed concrete restoration measures to improve conservation status of targeted forest habitats will be elaborated.

A.5: Expert study on lowland meadows and non-forest habitats restoration (BROZ)

An expert study on restoration of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats elaborated. At least 2 public discussions with stakeholders and/or experts on the study organized.

 

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

B.1: Purchase / lease of land (BROZ)

Purchased or leased land in order restoration activities could be preformed.

 

C. Concrete conservation actions

C.1: Restoration of the flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube branch system (BROZ, VVB)

Action will be implemented in SCI Dunajské luhy. Minimum of 5 technical objects will be created or reconstructed on the selected locations at the existing fixed weirs, where maximal ecological impacts can be achieved for largest sections of the river branch system. Water regime of the area of 1850 ha improved.  Updated “Operating manual” with new technical measures and maximising ecological benefits of the restored longitudinal continuity of the river branch system. Conservation status of the targeted species will be improved and their populations will be enhanced.

C.2: Restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and water regime of wetlands (VVB, BROZ)

Two major river branches will be restored in their whole length. This includes restoration of their water regime a river dynamics. It is expected that minimum of 4 500 m of river branches will be re-connected with long-term perspective for sustainable natural restoration of breeding habitats for target species. Migration barriers for fish and other water organisms will be removed. Due to restricted access to some places after restoration also significant decrease of human disturbance will be achieved on 135 ha.Four wetlands will be restored with the total area expected of 37 ha.

Conservation status of the targeted species will be improved and their populations will be enhanced.

C.3: Establishment of the biological base and production of planting material of the native tree species (NLC, DINPD)

Established archive of forest tree genetic resources of the Danube floodplain in Slovakia. Within the repository of genetic resources of NLC, important species will be represented in a minimum of 20 pieces of each specimen. Together 45,000 pieces of seedlings for reforestation needs will be grown during the project implementation. A gene pool will be established by DINPD on 3.8 ha area. The number of genotypes in Hungary preserved in the tree-shaped collection is at least 400.

C.4: Restoration of autochthonous tree species composition and increase of the forest stands biodiversity (BROZ, DINPD)

Planting of 57 500 pcs. of native tree species on the total area of 45 ha. 45 000 pcs of trees planted within Slovak part of project site. Invasive tree and plant species removed on the area of 40 ha o Slovak project side. After planting care of young trees realized. In Hungary on Háros Island: Clearance of  Negundo aceroides, Fallopia japonica, Solidago sp. from at least 7 hectares.Restoration of the alluvial forest (i.e. several smaller spots) on a total area of minimum 3.5 hectares. Construction of protective game wire fence in 1,550 m total length.Waste clean-up and removal of ammunition: 5 ha The removal of ammunition is necessary to provide for the safety of workers and researchers. The 560 m long concrete fence that runs in the middle of the alluvial forest, will be removed. By cutting its dikes in two places we assure better and more frequent flooding of the enclosed area.

C.5: Restoration of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats (BROZ)

Overall 84 ha of grasslands restored and their regular management initiated. At least 150 pollard willows be restored. Overall 200 pcs of new pollard willows will be planted.

 

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

D.1: Hydrological and hydrobiological monitoring (VUVH

Compilation of database of hydrological, morphological, climatological, biological and chemical data for the state before and after implementation of measures. Assessment of present abiotic and biotic state of the branch systems in the project areas. Assessment of effectiveness of proposed measures.

D.2: Monitoring of biota (BROZ, DINPD)

Database will be created with estimated several thousands of records. At the end of the project final monitoring report with the results will be provided to give feedback to the implementation of the concrete conservation actions. Scientific information about selected groups of biota from the project site will be provided via annual reports. Final report will compare situation of selected taxa before onset of C actions and post-restoration situation.

D.3: Monitoring of socio-economic impacts of the project (BROZ)

One socio- economic report will be completed in a final phases to give feedback to the implementation of the concrete conservation actions.

D.4: Monitoring of the impact on the ecosystem functions (BROZ)

The ecosystem functions will be characterized in the beginning of the project, after previous-monitoring of project sites and all relevant monitoring (of biota, hydrobiological monitoring etc.).  From all possibilities, the relevant ecosystem functions for each project site will be selected and those will be subsequently monitored.

Also the relevant ecosystem functions for specific habitats will be selected and monitored. The statement of the ecosystem in a relation to ecosystem functions will be measured in the beginning and in the end of the project.

D.5:  Monitoring of dissemination of activities (BROZ)

The monitored results will be processed into excel tables and graphics, where relevant feedback progress will be clear. The percentage of questionnaire’s and quizes’s successful responses will be measured at the beginning and in the end of activities. The results and graphics will be delivered with final report, because the monitoring activities will last till the end of the project.

 

E. Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

E.1: Project website (BROZ)

The project web page developed, maintained and promoted during the whole project period in three languages – EN, SK, HU.

E.2: Meetings with stakeholders and study visits (BROZ)

Constant communication with stakeholders, at least 24 meetings with stakeholders will be organized. In average each meeting attended by 5 representatives, 2 two-day study visits for cca. 30 people each will be organized.

E.3: Publication of information, educational and promotional materials (BROZ, NLC, DINPD)

Following information, educational and promotion materials will be produced and disseminated: leaflets, expert brochures – 3 types/ series together, 7 500 copies publication ‘Discover Duna-Ipoly Natural Park’, Cincer newspaper, DINPD promotional materials (textile bags, pens, register books, calendar, mugs), stickers, calendar, magnets,  T-shirts, cups, pens,  visitors centre facility improvement.

E.4: Excursions / tours for students, teachers and public, guid trainings (BROZ, DINPD)

10 guided excursions for students (together  200 people expected), and 5 guided excursions for the public (together 50 people expected). Two 5-days trainings of guides will take place. DINPD. Five 1-day demonstration tours for teachers will take place. The number of new guides trained during the project: 20 people. The number of guides receiving further training during the project: 20 people. The number of people participating on guided tours during the project: 4000 people.

E.5: Promotion of project on conferences and in media (BROZ, VUVH, NLC)

Project presented on at least 13 conferences, 4 press conferences organized, 5 press releases distributed, 30 articles covering the project published, 5 radio interviews broadcasted, 10 TV shots broadcasted.

E.6: Presentations for school and public, interactive educational expositions (BROZ, DINPD)

10 presentations for students (together 200 people expected), 5 presentations for the public (together 100 people expected).The visit of stabile exhibition by 10 institutions/ organizations/ schools (Minimum of 3 500 visitors of stabile exhibition) – BROZ

Established exhibition by DINPD (overall 5 000 visitors during project duration).

E.7: Camping in the nature (BROZ)

Twenty 5-days camps for overall 240 children will take place.

E.8: Final conference (BROZ)

At least 40 participants from Slovakia and neighbouring countries attending the event. At least 5 media representatives attending press conference. Project’s results disseminated through at least 5 media outputs (e.g. online and printed articles, TV and radio interviews).

E.9: Networking with other projects and institutions (BROZ)

Six three day visits for 3-5 project personnel or key stakeholders will be organized and implemented. These will lead to visit several places where management of natural areas meets with similar issues and where interested parties can discuss e.g. sheep grazing management, natural tree species planting, use of natural mixtures seeds, and restoration of grasslands, wetlands. Such study visits will lead to similar projects in Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Hungary or Poland.

E.10: Organization of family day (DINPD)

6 family days, expected 500 guests per event, i.e. a total of 3000 people in six years.

E.11: Notice boards (BROZ)

Installation of 10 notice boards. Installation of small notice boards according need of actions implemented in field.

E.12: Layman report (BROZ)

Layman’s report produced.

 

F. Project management and monitoring of project progress (obligatory)

F.1: Project management (BROZ)

The sound implementation of the project ensured. Project staff employed. First progress report, three other progress reports, midterm report and final report submitted.

F.2: Project bookkeeping and financial management (BROZ, DINPD)

Transparent recording of project finances (expenditures + incomes).

F.3. Project auditing (BROZ)

Audit reports confirming transparent and accurate recording of project finances (expenditures + incomes). Final report on the project audit will be enclosed to the final technical report.

F.4: After-LIFE project conservation plan (BROZ)

An After-LIFE conservation plan  written after the project will finished will include the maintenance activities and responsible organisations.

Achieved results (date 31.12.2017):

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

A.1: Hydrological model on flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube river branch system (VUVH)

Physical model of the river branch system is built in technical laboratory in VÚVH. All the field measurements needed for digital model of the branch system are accomplished as well as the calculations. Digital model is functioning for the purpose of choosing the most suitable measurements in the study. Proposal of the study is being finalized and it will include the proposal of restoration measurements.

A.2: Expert study on restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and wetlands water regime (VUVH)

All the field monitoring measurements are accomplished for the purpose of setting the hydrodynamic 1D and 2D models. Simulations of various scenarios were done for different water levels. The study proposal is being finalized and it will contain proposals of restoration measurements.

A.3: Technical documentation (VVB)

Technical documentation for the restoration of the part of the river arm in the locality of Kráľovská lúka meadow was prepared (year 2015).

A.4: Identification of the sources of autochthonous gene pool, reproduction of these species and elaboration of activities draft serving on forest ecosystems conservation (NLC, BROZ, DINPD)

Gene pool of 200 DNA genotypes of black poplars on Hungarian part has been finished (DINPD).

Identification of the sources of autochtonous gene pool in Slovak part has been done. More than 150 tree individuals along the Danube has been identified including black poplars, willows (Crack willow), narrow-leafed ash, small-leaved lime, apple tree, pear tree, mulberry, common oak. The data are processed into a report, seed and reproductive material is collected and planted to grow tree seedlings in field station of NLC.

A.5: Expert study on lowland meadows and non-forest habitats restoration (BROZ)

Expert study of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats was done in 2016. Restoration works on lowland meadows are being done these days on the basis of the study – activity C5.

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

B.1: Purchase / lease of land (BROZ)

in UEV Kľúčovské rameno, UEV Číčovské luhy, UEV Čiližské močiare and UEV Dunajské luhy 12,8 ha of the land has been purchased altogether. Grasslands 2 ha (planned 12 ha), water areas 2,5 ha (planned 5 ha), forest 6 ha (planned 14,5 ha), arable land 2,98 ha. Altogether 26,36 ha of the forest land has been rented. This land is rented for the purpose of restoration native floodplain ecosystems in C-activities.

C. Concrete conservation action

C.1: Restoration of the flow capacity and longitudinal continuity of Danube branch system (BROZ, VVB)

The activity has not started yet, it will start after finishing activity A1 and after the preparation of technical documentation in activity A3.

C.2: Restoration of river branches lateral connectivity and water regime of wetlands (VVB, BROZ)

May 2016 – the river arm Kráľovská lúka meadow near Baka village – one part was finished in the lenght of 190 m. This activity will continue

In April 2017 – other restoration and enlarging the wetlands in the river branch system near Dobrohošť  and Vojka village was done. The results are: dry river arm was restored in the lenght 430 m, the flow of the water was restored and the period when the water is present in the river arm in the lenght of 440 m, was prolonged (before the water had been present 6 months in the year, now it is the whole year round). 0,95 ha of the long-term periodical wetlands were restored (Dobrohošť + Kyselica), the potencial of flooding hard and softwood forest in Dobrohošť and Kyselica was restored in the area of cca 16 ha.

C.3: Establishment of the biological base and production of planting material of the native tree species (NLC, DINPD)

A register of genetic sources of native forest wood species in Danube floodplains in field station NLC is being built.

Year 2016 – 800 seedling of black poplar and 450 seedlings of limes were grown

Year 2017 – 3000 seedlings of black poplar, 200 apple trees, 200 pear trees, 50 common oaks were grown

C.4: Restoration of autochthonous tree species composition and increase of the forest stands biodiversity (BROZ, DINPD)

Hungary – remowing of invasive species Negundo aceroides, Fallopia japonica, Solidago sp on the Haros Island is being done.

Slovakia – in the year 2016 in kadastral area of Bodíky two separate areas were mulched for the purpose of supporting rejuvenation – this happened on one of the places, other part had to be planted in spring 2017. The whole planting was done in the area of 4,5 ha. The overall number of planted seedlings was 3375. They included: common alder (Alnus glutinosa) – 210 trees, white willow (Salix alba) – 210 trees, white poplar (Populus alba) – 2245 trees, black poplar (Populus nigra)– 710 trees.

One of the area after the planting – all the seedling dryied out; the second area – cca 50 % survived and the area was replanted with 250 black poplars. On the place where no young trees survived we did not repeat the planting because we considered the soil and sunlight condition not to be suitable.

C.5: Restoration of lowland meadows and non-forest habitats (BROZ)

Activity has started in 2017 – grassing of UEV Čiližské močiare near Kľúčovec has been done – on 23 ha of wet fields, in cooperation with the local agricultural company

In December 2017 – Works on restoration of lowland meadows in National Nature Reserve Apálsky ostrov near Komárno were accomplished. In UEV Dolnovážske luhy a metal barrier was installed on 24th of November 2017 with no addmittance. Then a partial mulching of the meadow was carried out – cca 3,8 ha (removal of natural seedings of trees and bushes)

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

D.1: Hydrological and hydrobiological monitoring (VUVH)

Beginning hydromorphological and hydrobiological monitoring has been done which is the basis for the activity A1 and also for the comparison of the state of the ecosystems before realisation of C-actions..

D.2: Monitoring of biota (BROZ, DINPD)

Hungary: Monitoring of biota has been accomplished – of birds and fish.

Slovakia: monitoring of amphibians, land and water plants.

D.3: Monitoring of socio-economic impacts of the project (BROZ)

In 2017 a survey research was done from which the first report was processed.

D.4 Monitoring of the impact on the ecosystem functions (BROZ)

Action hasn´t started yet, it will start after choosing localities for the realisation of activities C1.

D.5:  Monitoring of dissemination of activities (BROZ)

Activity hasn´t started yet

 

E.  Public awareness and dissemination of results (obligatory)

E.1: Project website (BROZ)

Project web-site is in 3 language versions – English, Slovak and Hungarian and it is regularly actualised.

E.2: Meetings with stakeholders and study visits (BROZ)

From the beginning of the project 30 meetings have been organized.

E.3: Publication of information, educational and promotional materials (BROZ, NLC, DINPD)

BROZ

–     project logo – finished from 11/2015

–     stickers and magnets with the logo: 06/2016

–     stickers with historical photos of floodplains + rare species of plants and animals – spring 2017

–     information leaflet about project actions – october 2017 – it could be seen on the web page of the project

–     pens – are finished in 3 language versions

–     cups – hand made with project logo

–     accessories for visitor centre in Veľký Lél partly purchased and used for summer camps E.7

–     an open summer house built for visitors in Veľký Lél – august 2017

DINPD

–     prepared project bags

–     Cincer Newsletter in 2017

chocolates with project logos produced

E.4: Excursions / tours for students, teachers and public, guid trainings (BROZ, DINPD)

For the purpose of organising excursions monocular, binoculars and magnifying glasses have been purchased. They are used for the activity E.7 – summer camps.

What was realised – 9 excursions for students and children (244 children and teachers), 4 excursions for public (54 participants)

E.5: Promotion of project on conferences and in media (BROZ, VUVH, NLC)

Year 2016 – 1 press release and 1 article in Bratislava Newspapers 1.12.2016

Year 2017 – 1 interview in the radio – 28.10.2017, 1 reportage in radio Regina 2.12.2017 – it is possible to hear it on the project website

Year 2018 – press release issued on World Wetland Day.

E.6: Presentations for school and public, interactive educational expositions (BROZ, DINPD)

11 presentations for students with 293 teachers

3 presentations for public – 186 participants

E.7: Camping in the nature (BROZ)

First summer camps took place in summer 2016 and 2017 – 12 summer camps, 130 children

In 2016 toilets and showers for summer camps were built.

E.8: Final conference (BROZ)

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E.9: Networking with other projects and institutions (BROZ)

7 networking activities took place with representatives of NDPD, Czech and Slovak NGOs and representatives of Jihočeský kraj (county in the South of Czech republic) and participants from SOS – 75 participants.

E.10: Organization of family day (DINPD)

Domos Greed Day took place in Hungary twice – 10. 9. 2016 , 9.9.2017, there was a high visit rate on this activity.

E.11: Notice boards (BROZ)

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E.12: Layman report (BROZ)

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F.  Project management and monitoring of project progress (obligatory)

F.1: Project management (BROZ)

Activity continues, first report was processed in 2016.

F.2: Project bookkeeping and financial management (BROZ, DINPD)

Activity in progress.

F.3. Project auditing (BROZ)

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F.4: After-LIFE project conservation plan (BROZ)

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BROZ – Mgr. Silvia Halková – project manager
halkova (at) broz.sk

DINPD – Márton Árvay – project manager of partner organisation Národný park Dunaj Ipeľ
arvaym (at) dinpi.hu

NLC – Ing. Martin Bartko, PhD. – project manager of partner organisation Národné lesnícke centrum
bartko (at) nlcsk.org

VÚVH – Ing. Katarina Holubova, PhD., – project manager of partner organisation VÚVH
holubova (at) vuvh.sk