Key topics for reaching the EU 2020 Biodiversity Target in Czech Republic
- Species protection: Common birds continue to decline. The declining farmland birds were joined also by forest birds so overall biodiversity is in decline. Whereas the decline in farmland birds is known to be connected with the intense agriculture under the Common Agriculture Policy, the decline in forest birds was recognized recently and serious research of its causes is missing. There is only possible connection to changes in the forestry policies and biomass usage including logging residues.
One positive example of long term co-operative solving of a biodiversity issue is preventing electrocution of birds on powerlines. After several attempts at improving the safety of powerlines by various tools, a long-term co-operation started among state nature conservancy, power distributors and NGOs. The aim is to carefully test and choose the best solution and then use it countrywide for maximising efficiency.
- Site protection: The lack of binding Natura 2000 management plans is painfully obvious in the Šumava SPA, SCI and National Park. Pressures from developers and forestry businessmen, followed by most local politicians, lead to intense interventions against Bark Beetle which in fact destroy the unique mountain forests with endangered habitats and species. The case is highly politicized and scientific arguments are ignored.