Introduction  Objectives  Project Partners  Content  Activities
WP2: International results

Inquiry: standards, obligations, state of the art
An international inquiry leads to an overview of standards, obligations, “state of the art” and best practices in the field of the management of functional protected area networks. The methods to be applied are research for material, literature and data and qualitative interviews with experts on an European level. The results of the inquiry strongly support the execution of the pilot actions.

Theoretical conceptions of functional protected area networks
Theoretical and scientific approaches are prepared, discussed in workshops and comprehensively reported. Special attention is given to inter- and transdisciplinary aspects. The activity makes up the baseline for practical aspects and implementation of pilot actions.

Documentation: best practice, methods, instruments and tools
On the basis of the inquiry, the results of the pilot actions and the overall results, a documentation of best practice, instruments, methods and tools is edited. Specific attention is drawn to practical demands. Expert workshops lead to a bundle of recommendations. A draft of the documentation is provided as a basis for the pilot actions. The results of the pilot actions are included into the final version of the documentation.

www-knowledge base and manual
The results are made available in the form of an internet-database provided for public use. Detailed documentation is provided, supported by a metadata catalogue, a search engine and a detailed description of the data source. The printed manual “Planning, implementing and evaluating networks and systems of protected areas” provides a comprehensive overview of the focal outcomes.

www-expert system
In addition to the knowledge base, the expert system provides opportunities to assess occurring problems, benchmark own activities and interact with other partners. The expert system is set up in continuation of the “IPAM Toolbox” expert system that has already been successfully implemented but focuses on the management of individual protected areas. The activity covers conception, technical implementation (CMS), prototype and final expert system.