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Introduction of the Pásztó-puszta LIFE project

Project title: Restoration and conservation of the Pannonic salt steppes of Pásztó grassland with sustainable management

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Project objectives:

1. The major aim is the restoration, preservation, protection and nature conservation development of Pásztói-legelő (HUHN20148) what is a SAC.
 The area is saline Pannonian steppe thus protecting its biomes with aspect of the ecological needs of the following species is main priority:
Centaurea solstitialis, Cirsium brachycephalum, Lathyrus nissolia and Lycaena dispar.

2. The project aims to establish a traditional sustainable extensive grassland management system what would preserve the Pannonian steppe as the habitat type*1530 of the Natura 2000.

3. A proper water management system is also a project objective.

4. Increasing the public awareness is also objective of the project.

Actions and means involved:

  • organising board of landowners of the area,
  • preparing Management Plan,
  •  procurement of shares of joint land property,
  • renovation and expansion of the existing animal husbandry farm,
  • procurement of livestock,
  • establishment of sustainable extensive grassland management,
  • establishment of Land Stewardship Advisory Service,
  • insulate dangerous electric pylons,
  • dissemination of nature friendly land management, introduction of livestock management  and natural values of the area,
  • wide range of communication including project web page and signboards,
  • technical & financial management, training of project staff, held Steering Committee meetings,
  • monitoring successful implementation of the project.

 Expected results (outputs and quantified achievements):

  • Conservation of rare endangered habitat and species, increasing biodiversity.
  • Management Plan of the Pásztói-legelő (HUHN20148) Natura 2000 site.
  • The number of owners decreased by at least 30 and at least 35 ha became the property of the Tiszatáj Public Foundation.
  • Board of owners established, majority of the land will be involved in the co-operative management.
  • Barn house renovated and improved also the stable is renovated to accommodate livestock in extreme weather conditions.
  • 100 sheep, 15 Hungarian cattle, 10 Hungarian grey cattle, 5 buffalos, 10 horses, will be purchased,
  • improved water management of the area,
  • 500 m ditch will be covered to provide easy access to the grassland for the livestock.
  • 42 electric pylons will be insulated to eliminate the increasing risk for electrocution.
  • Better infrastructure will attract visitors to learn about the natural values of the Natura 2000 site.
  • Report film for local TVs, two two-days conferences, three regional events, 20 articles for newspapers, 3 scientific publications, 4 scientific presentations on conferences, 1 poster in Hungarian language, 1 poster in English language.
  • Introduction the best practices for large-scale audiences to understand that the traditional landscape management as viable alternatives to conserve biological diversity.
  • Best practices are widely known at least in the surrounding of the area and similar sites.