SaveGREEN Transnational Experience Exchange Workshops ft. World Fish Migration Day!
Mother fish saving action at SaveGREEN project’s Hungarian pilot site, May 19, 2022.
The Hungarian-Slovakian cross-border pilot area, Nógrád-Novohrad, is one of the last remnants of the impermanent area of the Pannonian and the Carpathian Biogeographical regions. The unique specificity of the area is that as it is a cross-border area, in some parts, the Ipoly river flows along, serving as a crucial blue infrastructure element, and providing a home to many birds, amphibians, and aquatic species. Protecting this area is highly important, as the planned infrastructure investments of extending the M2 road can threaten it. Therefore, there is a great opportunity to demonstrate the negative effects of infrastructure planning and bring attention to the importance of cross-sectoral cooperation in planning and execution of such investment and showcase possible solutions as well through our project findings.
A great example are the dams along the river. Ipoly river got divided into sections by 17 dams. Even though it has many fish ladders it still decreases the chance of successful reproduction of the aquatic species. Within our workshop, we planned a field visit that takes the stakeholders and strategic partners to experience the real-life struggles of the “Barbus species” to reach their fish spawning sites. Our field visit will give the opportunity to decision-makers and stakeholders to observe the problematic areas, and “save the fishes” by catching them and bringing them to the fish spawning site “by hand”, feeling what is at stake. We hope that these eye-opening experience helps to re-evaluate and reassess priorities and involve nature protection interests as well when decisions are made within infrastructure planning.
What is SaveGREEN?
SaveGREEN is a green infrastructure-related project financed by the European Union (ERDF), that aims to address the importance of functional ecological corridors of the Alpine-Carpathian Corridor, SW-Carpathians, Zakarpattia, Beskydy, Lyulin, and Balkan mountains impacted by linear transport projects and unsustainable land use. The project aims to demonstrate ways of designing appropriate mitigation measures and maintaining or improving ecological corridors’ functionality through integrated planning carried out in 8 pilot areas. Monitoring the impact of such measures will help us learn and derive proper recommendations for follow-up action and policy design.
On the 19th of May, from the 13 partners, the Hungarian team [CEEweb for Biodiversity and the Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences (MATE) who is mainly responsible for setting up the blueinfrastructure monitoring methodology] will be the host of the next event, which is one of the five Transnational Experience Exchange Workshops, where our project partners and relevant stakeholders will share the experiences made in their pilot areas over the past 21 months of project implementation. The program will include discussions on the Cross-Sectoral Operational Plans, created as a direct response to the threats to ecological connectivity identified in the pilot areas. The workshop will also hold the above-mentioned “Mother fish saving” event included as a field trip to the pilot area(s).
Stay tuned for the experience report and follow the SaveGREEN project here: https://www.interreg-danube.eu/savegreen or check #SaveGREEN on social media.
Online Event - No
Country - Hungary
Name of contact person - Eszter Sebestyén