A guided tour was organised for the financial directors of public forestry authorities and workers from the Ministry of Agriculture.

During the programme Mr László Horváth gave a general overview of the Kaszó-forest, emphasized the necessity of the programme and gave information on further objectives. During the tour we demonstrated the work carried out at Lakes Kűvölgy, Lake Bükk, Lake Baláta, our monitoring activity and inspected a water wale. Later, on the “Erdőkerülő” educational trail we discussed our obligation to provide information on the project.    

  

 

The KASZÓ Ltd. together with the NAIK Forest Research Institute organised an international conference titled “Water in Forests” in the framework of the KASZÓ-LIFE project in Kaszó between 29th May 2018 and 30th May 2018. 53 participants, mainly forestry and conservation specialists as well as water experts, from 5 countries were present.

First, Mr István Lábodi project manager and Mr Gábor Galamb executive director of KASZÓ Ltd. greeted the guests, and then Dr. Attila Borovics director of NAIK Forest Research Institute made the first presentation on the effects of climate change on forests. The agenda for the first day included presentations on various topics such as the water demand of forests, the extreme water balance conditions in the Carpathian Basin, the wellbeing of forests and the negative effects on the narrow-leafed ash. Later in the day, the audience could get acquainted with the nature conservation efforts that were completed within the framework of KASZÓ-LIFE project and see the outcome that was obtained by inspecting the results of activities. Later in the afternoon project sites were inspected to reflect on previous presentations. The restauration project and development of the lakes in Kűvölgy into a four-lake complex were described on the spot. Everybody could inspect the impacts of scientific activity at a common oak and an alder monitoring spot.  The last station was a wale on intermittent streams for increasing water retention. 

The second day’s agenda included topics like the spread of invasive insect species and projects that study the impacts of climate change.

Participants could gain first-hand experience by visiting the Peszér-forest near Kecskemét, Hungary and inspecting the conservation and restoration works of natural habitats carried out within the OAKEY-LIFE project. The following presentation explained the link between the water management practice and common oak trees on the Croatian side of the Dráva River and gave information on the problems caused by the constant lowering of ground-water levels. A subsequent presentation reported on the Hungarian-Slovakian joined project that strives to restore the floodplains of the River Danube around the Small Rye Island in Hungary and the Great Rye Island in Slovakia. Two presentations discussed the conditions of the River Tisza to give information on the restoration of the river bed’s delivery capacity along with the re-generation of forests that are situated in the floodplains that flooded for 40-60 days annually. Participants could learn about a Polish project that aims to maintain grasslands by grazing sheep. The list of presentations also included one on the protection of wetlands in the Turján-land.

The schedule of the conference included 16 presentations: 5 international and 11 Hungarian. 

 

 

The nature conservation training of the “LIFE capacity building in Hungary” was organised in Budapest.

Over the day we could enjoy presentations on LIFE project. Besides giving general information, presenters highlighted the possible problems that occur during the implementation of various projects, from which we could gain further experience.

 

The beneficiary of the “LIFE capacity building in Hungary” project organised an information day on 10th May 2018.

New tendering opportunities, among them two international calls for tenders were introduced for those interested.

 

Our team was invited to the project opening workshop of OAKEYLIFE project where we had the opportunity to demonstrate our targets and the work we have done within the scope of KASZÓ-LIFE.

Presentations took place on 28th March 2018 where several Hungarian projects were introduced. On 29th March 2018 participants were given the opportunity to inspect project sites to observe the achieved results, the conservation and restoration works of natural habitat in forests, and an area seriously affected by invasive alien species. Finally, we visited a presentation house adapted for educational purposes. 

  

 

The KEFAG Kiskunsági Forestry and Woodworking Company and the KASZÓ Forestry Stock Company established cooperation under the OAKEYLIFE project on 1st August 2017. After the representatives of KEFAG Zrt. visited KASZÓ Zrt. in 2017, and in 2018 we had the opportunity to take part in a workshop in the Peszér-forest.

The two public forestry companies could agree and work together in various subjects within the framework of the LIFE programme, since both of them undertook similar tasks in their winning projects like the conservation and restoration of natural habitat.

One of the main objectives of OAKEYLIFE project is to eliminate those local factors that jeopardise the achievement of NATURA 2000 management plans, such as inhibition of invasive alien species (tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), black cherry (Prunus serotina), Manitoba maple (Acer negundo)) and certain herbaceous plants like common milkweed (Asclepisa syriaca), canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) and tall goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)) in the Peszér-forest.

Another important objective is to expand the dimension of high priority natural habitat types in the Great Hungarian Plain through carrying out rehabilitation works as well as to insure and improve their state of conservation. 

By highlighting the above mentioned objectives the project manager presented the achieved progress of OAKEYLIFE project to the tender office manager from KASZÓ AG. at multiple sites.

The meeting of professionals made it possible for both sides to exchange information and demonstrate their achievements.