Project name: ECOMANAGER Project (KK.06.5.2.08.0001) – Development and printing of manuals for the inclusion of ecological network requirements in ecological network management plans and organization of professional trainings for trainers and Croatian forests employees
Client: Croatian Forests Ltd.
Period: 07/2022 – 05/2023
The Ecomanager project included the development of a manual for the inclusion of ecological network requirements in economic unit management programs with an ecological network area management plan (ENMPs). The manual consists of twelve different chapters with an extensive memory card.
After the first introductory chapter, the second chapter describes the ecological network, the purpose and goals of its declaration, the state of the ecological network’s surface in the EU and the Republic of Croatia with an emphasis on forests and forest land. Valid legal and by-laws, directives and other regulations in the Republic of Croatia and the EU that are related to the ecological network and are important for the creation, adoption, and application of ENMPs are listed. The third chapter describes the content, duration, and approval process of the ENMP, the goals achieved by its development, and are related to the requirements of the ecological network, the legal acts of the Republic of Croatia and the EU directives that regulate this issue. The fourth chapter provides a list of 167 economic units managed by Croatian Forests Ltd. for which ENPMs were prepared and a list of 277 economic units for which programs should be prepared in the period from 2023 to 2028. In the fifth chapter, 27 target species of birds were processed, and in the sixth chapter a total of 45 target species from the bats, large mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, vascular flora, and mosses groups. Recording and mapping methodology for all processed groups of species is described in the seventh chapter. The eighth chapter covers 45 forest and non-forest habitat types from the Natura 2000 classification that occur in forests and on forest land, and they include 136 level IV types from the National Habitat Classification (NHC). Natural features are described for each NHC type and in the first part of the attached memory card, typical types are listed, described, and illustrated for each species. In this manner, a total of 454 plant species of the shrubs and ground growth layer are covered, of which 346 refer to forests and thickets, and 108 to non-forest areas. One or more appropriate photos are attached to each species description. In the ninth chapter, 35 E and D category habitat types that do not have the status of target types are listed, and in the tenth chapter, field research, data interpretation and NHC level IV habitat map development are described. Chapter eleven covers device log content and ENMP forms. Guidelines for development of Chapter VII and IX of the ENMP device log are described according to provisions of the Regulation on forest management, and the legal and by-laws applied in their preparation are listed. Attached to this chapter is a memory card that contains specific examples of the developed Chapters VII and IX of the ENMP device log for economic units “Repaš – Gabajeva greda” (lowland area), “Štirovača – Petrašica” (Dinaric area) and “Lupoglav” (Mediterranean region). In the twelfth chapter, 135 literary sources that were used in the development of the manual are listed.
In addition to Manual development and printing, the project included holding four three-day educational workshops for 196 Croatian forests Ltd. employees.
The project was done in cooperation with Croatian Forest Research Institute (CFRI).