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Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes (MaGICLandscapes)

Goal: The project concentrates on how to identify, protect and enhance green infrastructure (GI) for the benefit of the environment and society. Nine partners from Central European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland) collaborate on the project which started on 1st July 2017 and is funded by Interreg Central Europe as part of the European Regional Development Fund.

Collaborating from the start with stakeholders, MaGICLandscapes will provide land-managers, policy makers and communities the tools and the knowledge, at different spatial levels, that they need to ensure the persistence of green infrastructure functionality and consequent benefits to society. The project will deliver an assessment approach that deals with all spatial levels across Central European landscape types.

MaGICLandscapes will supply the tools for green infrastructure assessment at the transnational level ensuring cross-border green infrastructure is understood in a way that reduces mis-matched management approaches. It will provide territories with the means to assess functions of green infrastructure to guide planning and conservation approaches.

Outputs include a suite of transferable tools: a series of technical manuals and partner-level evidence-based strategies and action plans to direct future actions and investment. Training in the use of these tools will be provided for stakeholders, resulting in enhanced capacities of institutions to better manage our natural heritage.

More information is available at http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html

Date: 1 July 2017 - 31 October 2020

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Florian Danzinger
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This English manual version was compiled as Output O.T1.2 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes „Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This publication and its short versions in Czech, German, Italian and Polish languages can be downloaded from the project website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html
Florian Danzinger
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This English manual version was compiled as Output O.T3.2 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This publication is also available in Czech, German, Italian and Polish languages and can be downloaded from the project website https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html.
This E-Book was compiled as Deliverable D.C.6.2 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
This English manual version was compiled as Output O.T2.1 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This publication is also available in Czech, German, Italian and Polish languages and can be downloaded from the project website https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html.
Florian Danzinger
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Green Infrastructure (GI) defined as a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas is a key strategy in the European biodiversity strategy and the landscape connectivity agenda. To implement this approach in Central Europe’s (CE) landscape planning policies the Interreg project MaGICLandscapes (ML) tried to operationalise the GI concept in CE as well as in nine case studies, to provide land-managers, policy makers and communities with tools and knowledge, at different spatial levels. Based on the example of the Austrian case study area, the aim of this paper is to present an easy to use approach, as implemented in ML, for producing a highly-detailed regional GI database to overcome the difficulty of realising comprehensive biotope mapping surveys as well as the rather coarse resolution of CORINE Land Cover (CLC). By compiling regional cadastral and agricultural information, highly detailed data on the water network as well as Pan-European High Resolution Layers (HRL), this detailed representation of the regional GI network allows to enhance the regional applicability and acceptance of GI initiatives and provides a crucial foundation for assessing GI connectivity and functionality to develop evidence-based strategies and action plans through stakeholder involvement to direct future actions and investment in GI.
Hana Skokanova
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The last newsletter for the MaGICLandscapes has been published!
You will find here how green and blue infrastructure can contribute to healthier environment, especially in time of the Corona virus.
The main focus of the newsletter is on case study areas and GI strategies and action plans that were developed for them by the MaGICLandscapes partners with close cooperation with local stakeholders. Also, short interviews with local stakeholders will indicated how they plan to use the outputs from the MaGICLandscapes project.
 
Hana Skokanova
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The concept of Green Infrastructure (GI) is still relatively new in the Czech Republic. When looking at the definition of GI, one can recognise a relationship with the Czech Territorial System of Ecological Stability (TSES), which is defined as “an interconnected system of natural as well as modified semi-natural ecosystems keeping the natural balance”. TSES is a designed system and is an integral part of territorial plans. This article focuses on TSES and its relationship to GI, how it is implemented in a Czech case study representing intensively used agricultural region in South Moravia, what the main obstacles are to its implementation and how TSES can contribute to the connectivity of the landscape. Our results show that nearly two thirds of the planned TSES in the case study area already exist to some degree. There is a difference between the number and the area of existing TSES elements: the area of existing elements shows higher relative values than the number. This is mainly due to bio-centres that exist in large forest complexes and their pre-set minimal parameters. Creation of TSES elements increases connectivity of GI, especially those characterised as core areas and bridges
Hana Skokanova
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We created a MaGICLandscapes channel on YouTube where we added different language versions of webinars as well as documentary films from our case study regions:
You can find here also part of our final online conference and a video from Austrian final regional event
 
Hana Skokanova
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How to assess functionality and connectivity of green infrastructure, using available data sets and tools? https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes-Manual-of-GI-Functionality-Assessment.pdf shows how it was done for case study areas in Central Europe and can be an inspiration for other regions...
 
Hana Skokanova
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The contribution of Green Infrastructure (GI) in vital areas such as regional development, climate change, agriculture, forestry and environmental protection is already acknowledged and listed as one of the priorities in several key EU policies, and is the basis for the EU Green Infrastructure Strategy. However, the concept is not yet fully integrated into actual planning strategies, in this respect the Czech Republic is no different. A major problem in doing so is a lack of guidelines/ how to identify and map GI using available sources and thus keeping costs down. The existing data sources for land cover or land use often do not fulfil the requirements in terms of thematic coverage, resolution or accuracy. In order to work around such limitations, we analyse the existing land use/land cover data in the Czech Republic from the GI perspective. Furthermore, we propose a GI mapping methodology based on the diagnosis of three mapping approaches at the regional level, grounded on the utilisation and processing of different data sets. We compared GI maps based on European data from CORINE Land Cover Database, Czech national database called Consolidated Layer of Ecosystems (CLE) and combination of Czech national and regional data and manual vectorization. Our results show that CORINE based GI map is suitable for transnational scale but unsuitable for regional scale. The CLE based GI map is good for both national and regional scale but its information on GI in urban areas is lacking. The detailed regional GI map is good for regional and to some degree even for local scale but its creation is time consuming. However, careful combination of existing national and regional data can provide good outcome in creating GI map usable for territorial planning.
Tomas Slach
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Green infrastructure (GI) as a term and concept has recently become better known in the Central Europe. The GI represents green and blue patches grouped together into strategically planned network with aim to deliver variety of benefits that can also be expressed as ecosystem services. While in some countries GI means something brand new and innovative, in others such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia it has to be confronted with already existing and established concepts containing smaller or larger part of the approach offered by the GI. In both mentioned countries, it is primarily concept of the Territorial System of Ecological Stability of the Landscape (TSES). Lowland region of Kyjovsko, Czech Republic, experiences problems connected with intensive agriculture such as accelerated erosion, reduction of landscape permeability or decreasing biodiversity. Therefore, it was selected as an example how to assess and possibly find ways how to enhance the GI with respect to the existing and/or planned TSES. In the Kyjovsko, 50 % of total more than 1 800 planned TSES elements already exist in the landscape. With the knowledge of their spatial distribution, it is possible to prioritize areas for realisation of the missing ones. However, it is also very important to assess in more detail functionality of the already existing TSES elements.
Marco Neubert
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Over the last two and half years, 10 project partners from 5 countries in the Interreg Central Europe project MaGICLandscapes have been intensively researching the functionality of Green Infrastructure in the urban and rural context. An integrated network of functioning green spaces is the basic recipe for resilient cities and regions with regard to the effects of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and biodiversity loss.
The results of the project and the tools developed will be presented at the Final Conference on 27th May 2020 at the Technische Universität Dresden. You are cordially invited to attend this conference. The content will include transnational and regional studies on the spatial analysis of green infrastructure in central Europe, its ecological functionality and its ecosystem services and potential. In 9 study regions, the project partners will demonstrate how selected elements of Green Infrastructure function locally and what public benefits they can provide. They make recommendations on how existing green elements could be enhanced, where there is a need for new Green Infrastructure and how GI elements could be linked.
You are also invited to attend the International Symposium on Green Infrastructure on the following day, 28th May 2020, at the same venue. Here, speakers from science and practice from all over Europe will meet to reflect on Green Infrastructure and its services from a variety of perspectives and their experiences. The symposium will discuss and identify opportunities and challenges for a wider inter-sectoral recognition of the concept of Green Infrastructure and its benefits and its adoption in policy and planning at the European, national and regional level.
We are looking forward to your participation!
Please register for both days of the event at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/ML_Conference_Attendance_Form. Deadline for registration is the 30th of April 2020.
You can find all information about the venue, the provisional program and accommodation possibilities in Dresden on the MaGICLandscapes project website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/magiclandscapes/MaGICLandscapes--Final-Conference-and-International-GI-Symp.html.
 
Marco Neubert
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The English verison of the newsletter can be found here: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICNews5-ENG.pdf - other language versions (DE/PL/CZ/IT) are available at https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html#Newsletter
From the content:
  • Review of the 5th project partner meeting in Karpacz/PL
  • Outputs of the transnational assessment of green infrastructure
  • Review of the MaGICLandscapes workshop on the IALE-Conference in Milan/IT
  • Interview with the documentary filmer Lenka Ovčáčková
  • Information about the MaGICLandscapes Final Conference & Green Infrastructure Symposium in May 2020 in Dresden
  • Regional news from the nine case study areas throughout Central Europe
Wishing you a pleasant reading!
 
Marco Neubert
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The second output - Manual of Transnational Green Infrastructure Mapping - is available now for download at https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/O.T1.2-Manual-of-Transnational-GI-Assessment.pdf.
This manual describes the project's large-scale GI assessment and mapping procedure on transnational level in Central Europe. It includes maps on transnational as well on regional scale for all nine case study areas.
 
Hana Skokanova
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Historical landscape structures (HLS) have been disappearing throughout Europe due to their abandonment, especially in the mountains (Jepsen et al. 2015), or agricultural intensification (Cvitanovic et al. 2017) and urbanization (Schulp et al. 2019), typical for the lowlands. HLS are result of traditional, usually manual management. They are represented by narrow strips of arable fields, vineyards or orchards and small woody, grassed and wetland patches, which can be seen as an integral part of Green infrastructure (GI). On examples from agricultural landscapes in the Czech Republic, we will show causes and consequences of disappearance of HLS in the past 200 years and what impact it can have on presence and especially connectivity of GI. (The presented paper is a result of project CE897 MaGICLandscapes from INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE, supported by ERDF.)
Hana Skokanova
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On 27th and 28th of May 2020 MaGICLandscapes will be holding its Final Conference and hosting an International Green Infrastructure Symposium with guest speakers from across Europe. Both events take place at Technische Universität Dresden.
 
Hana Skokanova
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First output dealing with Conceptual & Theoretical Background, Terms and Definitions of Green Infrastructure as well as national and international laws can be found at https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/O.T1.1-Handbook-of-Conceptual-and-Theoretical-Background.pdf
 
Hana Skokanova
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Reading through you will find information about:
• Field-mapping of services and public benefits of Green Infrastructure in the case study areas Tri-border region CZ-DE-PL and Nature Park Dübener Heide
• Not only protected areas: Cross-border Green Infrastructure management in the Giant Mountains
• 4th partner meeting in Turin on 14th and 15th of May 2019
• Land revitalisation in the Metropolitan City of Turin: Towards more livable places
• Interview with Miroslav Těšina: How best to retain the water in the landscape?
• Regional news from the case study areas contained in the respective language version of MaGICNews.
 
Hana Skokanova
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As was mentioned earlier this year, we organized symposium at the IALE Worlds Congress, which was held at the beginning of July in Milano. 11 contributions were presented, with six being from MaGICLandscape partners. They covered different topics:
- The knowledge about the term Green Infrastructure in the public and general needs for a Green Infrastructure assessment (Henriette John)
- Transnational Mapping of Green Infrastructure in Central Europe (Marco Neubert)
- Territorial system of ecological stability as a regional example for Green Infrastructure planning in the Czech Republic (Hana Skokanová)
- Green Infrastructure at regional and local scale – Assessing connectivity and functionality through stakeholder involvement (Florian Danzinger)
- Planning Green Infrastructure: strategies and action plans (Gian Luigi Rossi)
- Ecological networking assessment to evaluate ecosystem services and improve green infrastructure (Maria Rita Minciardi)
 
Hana Skokanova
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First output regarding GI terms, definitions, benefits and legislation for partners' countries (i.e. Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and Czech Republic) has been published on project website: https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/O.T1.1-Handbook-of-Conceptual-and-Theoretical-Background.pdf
 
Hana Skokanova
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Summary of WP1 dealing with conceptual of GI assessment has been published in the form of poster at projects webpage!
 
Hana Skokanova
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An illustrative overview of green infrastructure benefits was created in all partners' national languages (German, Italian, Polish, Czech) as well as in English.
You can download the national versions on our web page ( https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html ) under the link of Promotion material.
The English version is attached
 
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Marco Neubert
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We have prepared a session about green infrastructure at the IALE world congress which will be held in Milano, July 1-5, 2019. Description of the session is here: http://www.iale2019.unimib.it/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/11/SYMP60.pdf We are seeking people who would like to contribute! Submit your abstracts at http://www.iale2019.unimib.it/program/abstracts-submission/
The new deadline for abstracts is Monday February 25th, 2019
 
Hana Skokanova
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Reading through you will find information about . Methods to assess the functionality and landscape services of Green Infrastructure . The outcomes of the last project meeting in Thayatal National Park . Green corridors and landscapes in the case study area "Eastern Wald- and western Weinviertel" . Cooperation with other transnational projects: DaRe to Connect (INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme)
Download it here:
You can also find information in local languages concerning case studies from our website:
 
Hana Skokanova
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We have prepared a session about green infrastructure in the World IALE congress which will be held in Milano, July 1-5, 2019.
We are seeking people who would like to contribute!
Deadline for abstracts is Friday January 25th, 2019
 
Hana Skokanova
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We have presented first results concerning GI in Kyjovsko, namely its mapping, at two conferences:
Geographical aspects of Central Europe , held in Nitra, Slovakia (presentation is in Czech)
5th Forum Carpaticum, held in Eger, Hungary (presentation is in English)
 
Hana Skokanova
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Second newsletter of the project has been published at project's web page. Besides English version which summarizes work done so far and introduces Italian Piedmont region, there are versions in national languages bringing news about case study areas in their countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland).
 
Hana Skokanova
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Introduction about MaGICLandscape project, first prelimenary results from case study Kyjovsko. Presentation was held in Czech.
Hana Skokanova
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On 1st February we participated at a conference call Fragmentace krajiny (Landscape fragmentation) that was organized by Nature Conservation Agency and Czech University of Life Sciences. Here we promoted our project by a poster summarizing our goals, partners and outcomes (the poster is in Czech).
 
Hana Skokanova
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You can find out about the project, the benefits of green infrastructure and about case study area of Kyjovsko, Czech Republic.
 
Hana Skokanova
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E-pamphlets about MaGICLandcapes in different languages (Czech, German, English, Italian and Polish) were added to the ML webpage, section About the project: http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html
English version is also attached here.
 
Hana Skokanova
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Green infrastracture is considered as a key strategy in the European landscape connectivity agenda. It is an essential planning concept towards protecting natural capital and simultaneously enhancing quality of life. This approach, however, is not yet implemented in central Europe landscape planning policies, which seldom consider the ability of land to deliver multiple benefits. MaGICLandscapes project will operationalise this concept in central Europe by providing land managers, policy makers and communities with tools and knowledge. The main objective of MaGICLandscapes is to increase the capacities of institutions to improve the managementof the green infrastructure resource and promote sustainable land use, both in areas of high biodiversity and surrounding intensively used areas. There are 9 case study areas in 5 countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland.
Hana Skokanova
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It was more of a social event - a get to know each other. But also it dealt with some administrative issues and with the content of the project.
Presentations from the kick-off can be found here:
 
Hana Skokanova
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The start is slow but ongoing... we will launch also facebook page in corresponding languages (Czech, German...) soon. Don't you know somebody with experience in remote sensing who would like to join our team in Brno? :-) We want to widen our team for this project and other future ones...
 
Hana Skokanova
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The project concentrates on how to identify, protect and enhance green infrastructure (GI) for the benefit of the environment and society. Nine partners from Central European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland) collaborate on the project which started on 1st July 2017 and is funded by Interreg Central Europe as part of the European Regional Development Fund.
Collaborating from the start with stakeholders, MaGICLandscapes will provide land-managers, policy makers and communities the tools and the knowledge, at different spatial levels, that they need to ensure the persistence of green infrastructure functionality and consequent benefits to society. The project will deliver an assessment approach that deals with all spatial levels across Central European landscape types.
MaGICLandscapes will supply the tools for green infrastructure assessment at the transnational level ensuring cross-border green infrastructure is understood in a way that reduces mis-matched management approaches. It will provide territories with the means to assess functions of green infrastructure to guide planning and conservation approaches.
Outputs include a suite of transferable tools: a series of technical manuals and partner-level evidence-based strategies and action plans to direct future actions and investment. Training in the use of these tools will be provided for stakeholders, resulting in enhanced capacities of institutions to better manage our natural heritage.