Corridor Talk workshop in the Bavarian Forest and Šumava National Parks, 30-31 May 2022

Our final team workshop will take us to the neighboring national parks of Bavarian Forest and Šumava along the German-Czech border. We will explore the area under the lead of Pavel Bečka, coordinator of cooperation between the Bavarian Forest and Šumava National Parks, and Marco Heurich, Bavarian Forest’s Head of the Department of Visitor Management and National Park Monitoring.

The first day of the workshop will be devoted to exploring transboundary spaces and the successes and challenges of collaboration between the two national parks. The field trip will lead us to the area of the Czech-German border, in the formerly extensively used cultural landscape around Bučina/Buchwald and the abandoned village of Knížecí Pláně/Fürstenhut. The trip will allow us to reflect on questions of overlapping histories of resource extraction and nature protection.

These church steps are one of the few features left from the former woodcutters’ village Knížecí Pláně/Fürstenhut. Photo by Jakub Sokolovský, CC BY 2.0

In the afternoon, we will hold our project meeting and AGM. We will receive input from the advisory board on the Corridor Talk project’s development over the last two years, its methodology, output, and policy implications.

A view of the Rachelsee. Photo by Björn Groß, CC BY-ND 2.0

The second field trip will take us to the area of the Großer Rachel, which has been managed according to the motto “let nature be nature” for the past forty years. The field trip will highlight some of the essential themes of the Bavarian Forest-Šumava work package in particular and the Corridor Talk project in general: the interplay between human and more-than-human factors, as well as the conflicts between different uses of the land and between different groups of stakeholders in the forest landscape.

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