Project summary

Short description of the project

The project will build long life cooperation along the Croatian - Hungarian border line of the river Mura, between the local authorities, schools and nongovernmental organisations. Aim of the project is to research and brush up traditional land use methods on the borderline of the river, establish Information Centre and prepare teaching material for forming the approach of the local residents, assemble teaching aid and interactive homepage for ethnography, land use and nature knowledge for improving the local possibilities and for saving the biodiversity.

Background, objectives, target groups

The life of the local inhabitants was ones closely related to the river. The land use that time– regarding the land and biotopes - showed high diversity. In the last few decades this well-balanced contact broke down. In the environs of the river there are reversible degradations. The next-to-natural biotopes and the landscape can be saved. The target groups are the inhabitant living in the border line of the river Mura, schoolchildren of primary and secondary school, students, financial participant, local authorities and nongovernmental organisations.

Work packages, activities, results

1. Project part: Preparing of the project (2007.01.)

Activities 1-5.: appointment of internal colleges; making detailed work plan; making contracts; making experts contracts; supplying instruments.

2. Project part: Brushing up traditional land use

2.1. Activity: Project starting program in Muraszemenye Inform the inhabitants for the effective cooperation

2.2. Activity: Announce a competition for the schoolchildren of primary and secondary schools. (2007. 02.) Georgikon Museum

2.3. Activity: Announce a competition for students of the High school of Agriculture of Krizovec (2007.02.)CR Looking for traditional land use methods and ethnographical values in the Mura region and study writing.

2.4. Activity: Land-historical survey on the basis of sources of National Archives (2007. 02-05) White Raven (NGO)

2.5. Activity: Exhibition in Muraszemenye from the material of the competitions and of the project (2007.05.) Programme for Hungarian and Croatian students. Presentation of the results of the project: traditional land use in the region, team competition.

2.6. Activity: Exhibition in the Georgikon Museum Keszthely (2007.07.) GM

2.7. Activity: Study writing (2007. 09.)GM, WR, CR Landscape-historical essay, using the results of the research of National Archives (50 pages, in Hungarian (1000 copy) and in Croatian (500 copy) language)

3. Project part: Biotope survey – recommendations for nature conservation

4. Project part: Forming of attitude

5. Project part: Valuation of the project, recommendations.

Project implementation area

The Croatian - Hungarian border line of the river Mura and its vicinity: in county Zala and in county Kopriviničko-križevačka. Vegetation survey will be done in both riverside in water, in marshlands, in meadows, in forest ecosystems. Social and ethnographical backgrounds of traditional and recent land use will be explored.

Cross-border impact

In the Croatian side of the river is similar vegetation and land use like in the Hungarian side. To make biotope survey in both riverside there will be a possibility for the Croatian partner to use all of the results of the project in the nature conservation and in the land use as well. Using the project results can be a good example for the local authorities, schools and nongovernmental organisations in the Croatian side.

Cross-border co-operation

The Croatian partner do researches to brush up traditional land use methods in the Croatian side of the river. The High school of Agriculture of Krizovec announce a competition for students in the theme. The students do land-historical survey; take place in joint competitions and in joint exhibitions. Finishing the project they prepare Landscape-historical essay.