1. bookVolume 17 (2018): Issue 1 (June 2018)
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Grassland management in protected areas – implementation of the EU biodiversity strategy in certain post-communist countries

Published Online: 06 Mar 2018
Volume & Issue: Volume 17 (2018) - Issue 1 (June 2018)
Page range: 73 - 84
Received: 02 Mar 2017
Accepted: 31 Oct 2017
Journal Details
First Published
10 Jul 2007
Publication timeframe
2 times per year

The post-communist countries of Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) when implementing agricultural and conservation policies, face other challenges than Western European countries: (1) specific institutional design for each, developed on the remnants of totalitarian system causing difficulties for transposing directives; (2) different integration of Natura 2000 network into national protected area governance resulting in slow elaboration of the management plans; (3) farming landscapes were better preserved than in Western Europe, but lacking the continuity of extensive farming so large areas of conservation; and (4) formal protection of sites, lacking in many cases financial support. This paper summarizes: the historical background of the last century that changed the farming landscapes of the CEE countries and the challenges in the management of protected areas in an unsteady socio-economic and political context. The results are focusing on the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Two main conclusions are proposed. First, socialism and capitalism slowly abolished family farming, causing people to become disconnected from the landscape - a key element in conservation oriented grassland management. Second, the gaps of knowledge on different aspects of policy implementation sabotage the results of conservation initiatives.


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