Conservation and restoration of wetland habitats in the national parks and Natura2000 areas

14 May – 25 June 2018 (e-learning course) plus 2 – 13 July 2018 (field course), Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Introduction

The proposed summer school would focus on variety of wetland habitats (open water, oxbows, mires, riparian wetlands etc.) and associated landscapes such as inland dunes, river banks or moraine areas. The idea of the summer school is to present, acquaint and make understandable for students a different management options and strategies for conservation and restoration of particular habitats in the areas of different level of protection. Students would get an insight in both technical and non-technical measures applied in order to preserve and/or improve current status and/or natural processes present in wetland environment. We will apply method “learning by doing” concentrating on lectures introducing relevant topic (hydrology, soil, biotic components, management goals and practices etc.) and field visits devoted to learn how management works in practice and to collect data and information for students’ assignments during the summer school.

Activities during the summer school will be a combination of lectures, field trips including practical exercises (e.g. collecting of hydrological, soil and biotic data) and laboratory analysis of collected data. Both lectures and field visits will include meeting with managers of national park and Natura2000 sites to learn and discuss issues and dilemmas related to conservation and restoration of protected areas. Students will be working in small groups (3-4 persons). Each group will be assigned with a case study focusing on problem of conservation or restoration of particular habitat. For such case study, each students’ group will prepare background information, problem formulation and proposal for solution that at the end will be discussed with the other students, lectures as well as practitioners. Collaboration is initiated prior to the field course by e-learning activities about restoration and conservation cases at the home of the students.

The venue of the summer school will be the Kampinos National Park, which is the second biggest Polish national park and embraces different wetland habitats and associated landscapes. The field visits and practical exercises will be also held in the valley of the middle course of the Vistula river, where both types of Natura2000 sites are present. Laboratory analysis of collected data will be performed in water quality, soil and biological labs of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

Objectives

After successfully completing this summer school participating students will be able to:

  1. recognize management issues and dilemmas related to conservation and restoration of protected areas of different level of protection;
  2. be able to propose, design and carry out a monitoring program to aid a solution seeking to different, existing problems of conservation and restoration of protected wetland areas;
  3. critically evaluate current policy frameworks, organisational circumstances and practical management issues being operational environment for conservation and restoration of protected wetlands areas;
  4. work collaboratively to efficiently investigate multidimensional problems of conservation and restoration of wetland habitats.

Course format

E-learning before the attendance phase. Mix of lectures, field excursions and laboratory work during the field phase. .

Schedule

  • E-learning phase 14 May – 25 June 2018;
  • Field course from 2 to 13 July 2018 that will take place in the Kampinos National Park and the Vistula river valley near Warsaw, Poland

Participants

The summer school is aimed at MSc and PhD students (3rd year BSc students are also welcome).

Credits

7.5 ECTS

Language

English

Application

Application deadline: 1 March 2018.
The application form and course flyer are downloadable from this website. Please send in the application form to the person listed in the contact section below.

Location

Kampinos National Park and Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Student payment

480 EURO (+ travel expenses to Warsaw)

Contact

Marek Giełczewski
Department of Water Engineering,
SGGW-WULS
phone: +48 22 593 53 10
m.gielczewski@levis.sggw.pl