The project, „Preservation of alluvial forest habitats in the Morávka river basin“, is financially supported by the LIFE-Nature program, a financial tool of the EU intended mainly to support the Natura 2000 network. The project is implemented by the Moravian-Silesian region in cooperation with partners.

The main aim of the project is to preserve alluvial forest habitats in the Morávka river basin, a very valuable area both from the biological and geomorphological point of view presently threatened by invasive Reynoutria spp. It is the biggest project dealing with suppression of invasive species within the Czech Republic, and it ranks among the biggest projects covering the problems within the whole of Europe.

The project has four objectives:
• to devise an efficient methodology of invasive species suppression and subsequent revitalization of the affected habitats,
• to suppress invasive Reynoutria spp. in the proposed Site of Community Importance (pSCI), Niva Morávky and in a part of the pSCI Beskydy,
• to create an efficient model of cooperation during the process of problem solving in the field of environmental protection among the interested subjects at a regional level,
• to spread the project results and to provide further information on Natura 2000 and environmental protection in general.

Activities of the project focus on the Morávka river basin that is situated in the eastern part of the Moravian-Silesian Region at the foot of Beskydy mountains. The actions shall cover several protected territories – pSCI Niva Morávky, pSCI Beskydy, SPA Beskydy, PLA Beskydy and two small-area protected territories, the natural monuments of Skalická Morávka and Profil Morávky.

Time of implementation: January 2007 – December 2010
Project Budget: € 1,015,000
European Commission financial contribution: € 704,000
Financial contribution of the Moravian-Silesian Region: € 60,000
Financial contribution of the partners: € 251,000

(c) 2007 ZLSPM, financováno z Evropské unie programem LIFE-Nature