In Radocza, the conference inaugurating the LIFE.VISTULA.PL project was held.
The managers of fishponds, scientists, members of non-governmental organizations and representatives of institutions responsible for broadly understood nature conservation management discussed problems related to the conservation of wetland water habitats during the conference inaugurating the LIFE16 NAT / PL / 000766 project. Conservation of wetland birds habitat in the Upper Valley Wisła (LIFE.VISTULA.PL). The two-day meeting (June 18-19, 2018) took place in Radocza, located in the picturesque Carp Valley, known from the Middle Ages for the historical basin of carp breeding.
During the conference, the main assumptions and tasks planned for implementation in the project were presented, as well as the experience of other entities in the field of research and protection of the habitats of wetland birds. Among the speakers were guests from Montenegro Marija Soskovic and Bojan Zekovic from the Center for Protection and Research of Birds, who presented their experience in this area, as well as representatives of other projects implemented thanks to LIFE funds. On the second day of the meeting, participants spent in the field. During the field session, they had the opportunity to see the Carp Valley up close. The tour program included some objects covered by the project: the Przeręb joints, the fishing farm in Spytkowice, the gravel pit in Jankowice and Smolice (the Ślepowron reservoir).
The LIFE.VISTULA.PL project is implemented jointly by four beneficiaries: the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Katowice coordinating all activities, the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Kraków, the Society for Earth and the Upper Silesian Ornithological Circle. The range covers four Natura 2000 areas: the Lower Soła Valley, the Lower Skawa Valley, Stawy in Brzeszcze, the Upper Vistula Valley, located within the borders of the Małopolskie and Śląskie Voivodships. Its aim is to ensure the maintenance of bird populations and their habitats in Natura 2000 areas – in relation to about 100% of the national population of ślepowrona and about 7% of the population of the national riverine tern and other species being subject to protection in these areas.