A training on Identification of ecosystem types, ecosystem services and stakeholder mapping and analysis was organized in the period from November 13 to November 16, 2017 in Samobor, Croatia. This was the first of total 4 planned trainings organized within the ECO KARST project, all with the aim to build capacities of stakeholders in 7 pilot areas and secure their networking.
Three-day long training was organized by Centre for Ecological Research (Hungary) and Parks Dinarides for representatives of park administrations from 7 pilot areas (Notranjska Regional Park, Nature Park Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje, Kalkalpen National Park, Bukk National Park, Apuseni Nature Park, Protected Landscape Bijambare and National Park Tara). Each pilot area participated with their experts in different fields of expertise: biodiversity expert, GIS expert and stakeholder manager.
It is expected that, upon completion of all four trainings, 7 pilot areas will be strengthened by multi sectoral teams of experts competent to perform ecosystem mapping and valuation as well as lead participatory strategic action planning, balancing different interests and finding sustainable solutions.
After the training, all participants and project partners went for a field trip in Nature Park Žumberak-Samoborsko gorje.