The grasslands of Slovakia are among the most important habitats of Central and Eastern Europe, due to their high species diversity. Meadows and pastures form a typical landscape of Slovakia and as such are an inseparable part of its identity.
Over the last few years, considerable attention has been paid to the use of grassland habitats and their conservation in Slovakia. This is the result of international commitments which Slovakia, as a member of the European Union, is bound to follow in the field of nature conservation. However, despite the importance of grassland communities, neither the legislative framework nor financial resources have so far provided sufficient tools for their efficient preservation and conservation of these areas.
To improve the situation, DAPHNE Institute developed a set of management measures for grassland habitats with support from the European Economic Area, Norway and the State budget of the Slovak Republic. “Management Models for Grassland Habitats” is a study that contributes to more effective conservation of Slovakia’s abundance of meadows and pastures in the country. To learn more, click here.
This project is a follow-up of a successful international project which was financed by the European Commission, and addressed 25 selected habitats at European level.
DAPHNE Institute is a non-governmental organization whose activities focus mainly on non-forest ecosystems, which include rare and overgrowing meadows, shrinking wetlands, very unique and endangered peat marshes and sand.
In addition to research, DAPHNE works with various interest groups who play a significant role in conservation (government, farmers, foresters, water managers) to try and raise awareness especially in the field of environmental management and protection of rare habitats through direct cooperation and training courses and seminars. Placing great emphasis on environmental education, DAPHNE considers that educational activities are an integral part of each project.
To learn more on the organization and activities of the DAPHNE Institute, click here (Slovak).