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Europe´s Wild Heart

Conference Report

Foreword

Titelseite Broschüre "Wilde Waldnatur"Visit to wilderness is today usually connected to traveling to other continent, or just to the reading of books about the old past. Many people still do believe, that wilderness is something bad and dark, dangerous, that should be "civilized". But it is exactly population of the most "civilized" parts of the world, which now more and more wants to escape and seeks the wilderness to visit. After almost total liquidation of wilderness from our surroundings, we suddenly found that we miss it. Some people do, because they simply want to see how nature can work itself, how breathtaking can be the action of natural powers, which maintained this planet sustainably for hundreds of millions years, long time before humans started to intervene. Some other miss it, because some plants, animals, natural habitats or processes may be seen only there. And we are more and more aware that natural powers of wilderness are, at least in part, absolutely necessary even for the most modern human society: they regulate climate, serve clean water, protect against floodings, serve clean air. Rests of wilderness are home of life evolution - and we should not forget, that we humans are also product of it. They are our point of reference, where we can check how good or how bad our solutions are; they create a most valuable laboratory of scientists for study of ecosystems, research of new medicaments or new solutions, say in energy efficiency or other fields. It is good therefore, that we do not need to go and see the natural powers of wilderness just to Amazonian forests, forests of Siberia or New Caledonia, but we also can see them here - in the middle of Europe, where the Europe’s Wild Heart - area of nature forest development - is born.

Questions of appropriate management for wild natural locations, natural areas with only soft human impact and areas historically managed but with high potential for renaturalisation are recently discussed by protected areas’ managers, researchers, politics, and many others. EC Presidency conference on 'Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas', which take place in Prague on May 27-28 2009, is organized to improve the discussion.

Public interest to protect last fragments of pristine areas as well as large natural or nearly natural areas grows up across the Europe. Large enough area let for nature development without direct human intervention appear still more in historically managed culture landscape too. Non-intervention management practices are applied in many locations and it is not an experiment any more. Results of various monitoring and research projects bring important knowledge for appropriate management of last fragments of pristine areas in Europe, nearly natural areas with high potential for renaturalization, and also for industrial strongly affected locations waiting for reconstruction of nature condition and stability.

Working conferences and workshops of protected areas’ managers and researchers offer opportunities to change information, share knowledge, and discuss many questions. Multidisciplinary discussions are very important to find appropriate management strategies and follow our responsibility to protect European nature heritage.

Colloquium of researchers and protected areas’ managers which took place in Srní in January 2009 tasked to discuss questions about the appropriateness of non-intervention management for Protected areas and Natura 2000 locations. I believe that the Srní colloquium outputs can be accept as important background document for EC Presidency conference on 'Wilderness and Large Natural Habitat Areas' and managers of Natura 2000 locations across of Europe use this Conference Report in their everyday work.

I also support the idea to continue with such workshops, seminars or colloquia and bring both researchers and practitioners together in the field to find best management practices.

Ladislav Miko
Director of Directorate B,
Protecting the Natural Environment
European Commission
and
Minister of Environment
Czech Republic

Herausgeber: Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald und Nationalpark Šumava
Redaktion: M. Hußlein, H. Kiener, Z. K?enová, M. Šolar
Übersetzung und Lektorat K. Jahncke
Gestaltung: Václav Hraba, akademischer Maler und Graphiker
Druck: Graphisches Atelier H, GmbH; Prag
Fotos Titelseite: Zdenka Krenová, Hans Kiener
Ausgabe: 2009
Umfang: 76 Seiten, zahlreiche Bilder, 1 CD
Typ: Broschüre
Lieferung durch: Nationalparkladen Haus zur Wildnis
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E-Mail: hzw@nationalparkladen.de
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ISBN 3-930977-33-8 - Neu (13-stellig): 978-3-930977-33-8
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