MRI PAS Open Seminar Special Edition – 01.09.2023

We warmly invite you to a special edition of our Open Seminar which will take place on Friday, 1st September 2023.

Title: Socio-ecological effects of state border barriers.

When: Friday 1st September 2023 at 9:45 am CET

Where: conference hall and online:

Detailed programme of the seminar:

• 9:45 introduction (Dr hab. Tomasz Borowik, Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences)

• 10:00 Recent situation and wildlife (ungulate) mortality in border fences in south-eastern Europe: case studies along Slovenia-Croatia and Hungary-Croatia border (Prof. Boštjan Pokorny, Environmental Protection College, Slovenia)

• 10:45 Potential and actual impact of Slovenia-Croatia border fences on habitat connectivity for bears, wolves and lynx (Assist. Prof. Hubert Potočnik, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

• 11:30 Assessing paternity and spatial genetic structure to uncover anthropogenic barriers in the environment (Prof. Elena Bužan, University of Primorska, Slovenia)

• 12:00 Break

• 13:00 Long-term effects of the Iron Curtain era: Šumava (Dr. Zdenka Křenová, Global Change Research Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)

• 13:45 The US-Mexico border wall experience and the importance of measuring and monitoring (Myles Traphagen, Borderlands Program, Wildlands Network, USA)

• 14: 30 Coffee break

• 14:50 Footprint of Poland’s border barrier extends beyond the border: Data from a forest road in Białowieża Forest (Dr Katarzyna Nowak, Białowieża Geobotanical Station, University of Warsaw, Poland)

• 15:10 Effects of state border policies on people’s interactions with and perceptions of Białowieża Forest (Prof. Bogdan Jaroszewicz, Białowieża Geobotanical Station, University of Warsaw, Poland)

• 15:30-16:00 Discussion — with all speakers

• 16:00 Closing and coffee