Restoration and conservation of priority habitats and species in the Eastern Bakony area

Project number: LIFE07 NAT/H/000321

Between 2009 and 2014, a sum of 2.2 million EUR was delegated for possible military use of conservation reconstruction in East Bakony, from the immediate Brussels funded LIFE+ communal project, co-financed by the Ministry of Rural Development (Vidékfejlesztési Minisztérium).

 

The main objective of the project was to preserve the environmental values and biodiversity of Várpalota city’s shooting range, restoring destroyed habitats and strengthening some species’ populations, besides optimizing military and environmental conservation objectives. The project tasks were coordinated by the consortium managed by the Honvédelmi Minisztérium Védelemgazdasági Hivatala (Ministry of Defense’s Economic Defense Department) and its legal predecessors. Additional members of the consortium: VERGA Veszprémi Erdőgazdaság Kft. (VERGA Veszprém Forest Management Directorate Ltd.), Balaton-felvidéki Nemzeti Park Igazgatóság (Directorate of Balaton Uplands National Park), and Aquaprofit Zrt. (Aqoaprofit Ltd.)

 

The undertaken conservation works were realized from 2.2 million EUR. During the restoration of habitats, grassland recontruction, forest conversion, reconstruction of mines, furthermore demolition or conversion of abandoned buildings and disused military facilities was carried out, such as transformation of some bunkers into bat-friendly habitats. In the context of restoring grassland habitats, eradication of proliferated shrubs (hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose) took place at an area of 600 hectares. A fast and efficient fire-fighting system was developed to curb fire cases arising during military shooting trainings, whose components include the fire-fighting equipment procured under the project, a total of 6 km long built fire-fighting path, as well as a drainage basin. In order to restore native tree species, to transform the major presence of black pine forests /feketefenyő erdők/ in the area, downy oak and black oak seedlings /molyhos tölgy és csertölgy magoncok/ have been planted.

 

Further information on the project website (in Hungarian): www.life.keletibakony.hu