Spatial management – local stakeholders, negotiations and planning

The workshop was led by architect and designer Anna Bocheńska. Anna first introduced the workshop with a presentation where she presented her activities. In her presentation she showed in particular several concrete solutions where some not very interesting places in nature were made more attractive through the use of interpretive elements of visitor infrastructure.

She then went on to discuss methods of dealing with stakeholders who are important actors in the Apollo project. For such negotiations, it is necessary to make a good and non-violent introduction to the stakeholder. To this end, Anna asked three simple questions that each of the attendees had to answer and then use their answers to introduce themselves to the others in a way that would engage them as much as possible. Anna then briefly reviewed the progress of this phase.

This was followed by the groups being divided into several groups and each group was asked to take on the roles of an innovative student and a conservative teacher. Within these roles they were then asked to focus on a particular conservation topic. Thus, again using this example, Anna wanted to get the participants to think about ways of dealing with stakeholders or other actors.

Methods for conservation of meadows focused on butterflies and other pollinators

The objectives of this workshop led by Kamilla Grzesiak & Krzysztof Kalemba, from the Polish partner Klub Przyrodników were:

  • showing the biodiversity of meadow habitats,
  • identifying threats and appropriate management techniques,
  • showing good practices in establishing flower meadows

Each group was designated a research area in a 2×2 m square. Participants used the PlantNet app or their botanist brain to identify plant species. The lists of plants was then used to mark the meadow habitats, thus showing their diversity. All the participants clearly enjoyed this very interesting and fun workshop in the sun.

Citizen science working group: experiences and challenges

In this workshop facilitated by Julia Hava, participants worked together with invited guests- experience in citizen science methods.

Participants worked in groups on three different citizen science cases. With the support of Aidan Withfield (supporting facilitator) Aneta Sikora, Gerard Talavera and Alessandra Lombardi and Tomasz Suchan. the groups explored challenges, that different projects citizen science in different stages face and how these challenges can be addressed.

One of the cases was the citizen science campaign which is part of the LIFE Apollo2020 project.

Among the participants, there were botanists, activists and educators, and others interested in the conservation of nature.

#followapollo and the efforts of our team! Combined skills in breeding, conservation of habitats, research, environmental education, and project management constitute a great combination for the success of our LIFE project

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