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MY FOREST – involving local communities in nature protection of the Kampinos National Park

Sendzimir Foundation implemented the 2 year long project in cooperation with the Kampinos National Park. The project involved key groups from local communities in cooperation with the park for the protection of nature.

Aim of the project

The aim of the My Forest project was the involvement of key groups creating local communities in the Kampinos National Park and its buffer zone in the cooperation with the park for nature protection. The project sensitized local communities to the natural environment and helped them realize the benefits of well-preserved nature.

Project activities

Planned activities strengthened the sense of ecological responsibility of the inhabitants of the areas belonging to the Kampinos National Park and its buffer zone.

Realise activities:

  • publication of the catalog of good practices in the field of blue and green infrastructure – Nature friendly space with an interactive map of solutions beneficial to nature;
  • organization of a series of practical workshops such as: environmentally friendly forms of landscaping and conservation of green areas;
  • development of model architectural patterns and creation of a publication presenting recommendations for architectural details for the Kampinos National Park area;
  • implementation of a pilot participatory process of landscape planning in the Kampinos community and development of a social concept for the village of Budki Żelazowskie;
  • stakeholder dialogue with local companies to develop the forms of business involvement for nature protection;
  • publication of the recommendations for national parks related to the cooperation models with business;
  • activation of local farmers.

The starting point for the planned activities were the results of quantitative and qualitative research carried out among particular groups of stakeholders, including residents, entrepreneurs and farmers.

Thanks to the actions taken, the knowledge of residents and local government representatives increased. The implementation of specialized training has prepared officials from park municipalities to involve residents in the processes of participatory management in protected areas, in particular issues related to spatial planning.

The project was also raising the level of awareness of the relationship between applied agricultural practices and environmental protection and increasing knowledge about changes in agricultural economy and processing favourable for the environment and food quality among farmers.

Value of the project: 560 139,00 PLN

Co-financing from the EU Cohesion Fund: 476 118.15 PLN

Period of execution: March 2017 – February 2019

Practical workshop for Secondary School students about rainwater management with the creation of a rain garden in a school yard (May 2018)

Practical workshop for Kampinos National Park area inhabitants – how to create islands to support filtering the water in small ponds (April 2018)

Creating a native plants garden in the school yard with students (April 2018)

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