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Linking sustainable practices throughout Europe

Natura 2000 communication between stakeholders and share of close-to-nature forest management experiences in Hungary

Tools for a better harmonization of biodiversity conservation and timber production

Rural topic(s): Sustainable forestry

Type: Narrative story

Date of writing: April 28, 2016

Author(s) of this page: Laszlo Galhidy

Organization(s): WWF Hungary


Better communication and experience sharing between forest managers on Natura 2000 areas. Close-to-nature forest management (continuous cover forestry, CCF) as a tool for a better harmonization of biodiversity conservation and timber production. Experiences in Hungary, Central-Europe; its conservational, economical and social aspects.


Description of activities

WWF Hungary. WWF is one of the largest green NGO’s globally. There is an office in Hungary (Budapest) for more than 20 years. Our forest programme is focusing on close-to-nature forest management, protected area management, education.

Activities. Creation of scientific and education materials (handbooks, guidelines, studies), organization of field trips, round table discussions, communication materials, e-learning modules


Challenges. All stakeholders have different background information, attitudes and financial, social interests which are challenging to harmonize

Next steps. We are keeping on organizing events, creating educational and communication materials, field trips; etc. It is also important to influence decision making on a political level


Information gathered at: the 1st workshop on Sustainable Forest Management (17-20 March 2016)


WWF Hungary

Contact: Laszlo Galhidy

E-mail: laszlo.galhidy(a)wwf.hu

Website: www.wwf.hu/en/wwf-hungary/



Scale of intervention : National

Keywords: conservation and management of natural resources, Biodiversity, Natura 2000, biodiversity conservation, timber production, natural habitats preservation

Places: Hungary

Actors: NGO, natural parc (national, regional, biosphere)

Methods: pedagogy, consulting/expertise, policy support, field trip, ouvrage, experience exchange, exchange of good practices