A European exchange on biodiversity on military land

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From 14 to 16 May 2014, the Hungarian Department of Defence organized an international seminar to close 2 LIFE projects on military land: "Eastern-Bakony" (LIFE 07/NAT/H/000321) and "Hungarian little plain" (LIFE08/NAT/H/00289).From 14 to 16 May 2014, the Hungarian Department of Defence organized an international seminar to close 2 LIFE projects on military land: "Eastern-Bakony" (LIFE 07/NAT/H/000321) and "Hungarian little plain" (LIFE08/NAT/H/00289).

 

A French delegation of 6, the French Department of Defence (DMPA, EMAT, CFT, EMSD LYON, environment managers from the Chambaran and Garrigues camps) and the Rhône Alpes Natural Areas Conservatory, visited VESZPREM (Hungary).

 

Twenty-two other nations were represented including in particular Germany, Poland, Finland, Greece, Estonia and Portugal. We should also mention the presence of a representative from NATO.

 

During these three days, the French delegation could exchange and observe the know-how and best practices of certain nations who have a wide and long experience in the field of biodiversity preservation and especially in implementing a LIFE programme on military land.

 

The main lessons are:

 

- The common groundwork related to NATURA 2000 and the Life programme greatly facilitates exchanges

 

- Numerous shared concerns (pyrotechnical risks, invasive alien species)

 

- Restoration and maintenance of large open environments with a low soil trophic level

 

- The question of recurring maintenance after Life, not much discussed during the seminar, also seems to be a real shared concern.

 

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