Competition for local cooperation networks for a case study and action plan on the formation of green infrastructure

The Competition aims at spurring and enhancing cooperation and partnerships of local stakeholders from the Carpathian communes. Particularly, it calls for the establishment of the so-called local cooperation networks, consisting of local self-governments, the so-called Local Action Groups (local associations grouping self-governments and other local leaders), as well as other organisations and entities, and finall the inhabitants.

The Competition entails the following elements subject to evaluation:

  • diagnosis of the state of, and threats to the green infrastructure, and analysis of the potential for its extension through, inter alia, the use of planning instruments and of the national spatial information infrastructure; performing a SWOT analysis;
  • local informational-promotional activities – augmented by an ex-ante survey on public awareness on green infrastructure issues;
  • inventory and mapping of green infrastructure elements in the selected case study area - with the use of the mobile application and geoportal developed in the project;
  • proposing a local undertaking on development of green infrastructure, with consideration of the local legislation (municipality planning documents, Natura 2000 site-specific Protective Measures Plans, local development strategies, etc.), and/or selected strategic documents (e.g. the national Plan of Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Biological Diversity, thematic protocols to the Carpathian Convention, EU documents on green infrastructure and/or biodiversity conservation, etc.).

The thematic scope of potential competition entries is broad and varied, and may include (but not be limited to) e.g. the following:

  • green spatial planning - e.g. reviewing and updating local spatial planning documents, eco-physiographic analyses, nature inventories, revitalization efforts for the purpose of protecting the cultural landscape, "green investments", or applying other good practices of spatial management in mountainous areas;
  • green tourism - development of and maintenance nature trail networks, integration of green infrastructure (natural heritage / landscape conservation) into local tourism products and offers, sustainable development of tourism and recreational infrastructure, pro-environmental management of tourist flow, etc.
  • greening local spaces - other assorted initiatives such as establishment and/or management of local protected areas, urban green areas (green revitalization or urban space), private green areas (orchards, gardens, native plant species), traditional agriculture / land use.

Within each of the above areas, the following three horizontal aspects should preferably be addressed:

  • biological diversity - protected areas, ecological connectivity, Natura 2000 network, other means of conservation species and habitats;
  • ecosystem services - tangible benefits on the local scale derived (stemming) from elements of green infrastructure: provisioning, regulation/maintenance, cultural;
  • water resources, water management - blue infrastructure, water regime, water management, water quality (pollution), retention, rainwater management, flood and drought prevention, etc.

The deadline for the submission of their Competition entries - which is done by a special on-line form available at the (Polish version) project website - is 31 October 2019. The final results will be announced at the end of November 2019. Five Competition Teams with the best case studies will be awarded by co-financing of a selected element of their local undertaking. Also, they will host UNEP/GRID-Warsaw team - with educational hands-on activities (information and recreation booths) organized at specified local events. The winning case studies will be also promoted as best practices in a project publication (Guidebook on the formation of green infrastructure in the Carpathians) to be released at the end of 2020.

Fourteen Competition Teams from all over Polish Carpathians have been established and have been pursuing their local activities.

Project LIFE16 GIE/PL/000648 has been co-financed by the European Union within the LIFE Programme
and the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management
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