Socio-economic impact

Life for Minuartia project deals not only with species rescue, but takes also into account its impacts on the socio-economic status on the local, regional and state level and at EU level. For this reason, the socio-economic study will be processed within the project, which will evaluate the following parameters:

1. Economic situation

The region attractiveness will increase thanks to project implementation using eco-tourism in the “Region of Blaník´s knights” geo-park and the information centre EVL Želivka Vodní dům (Water house). This will increase the business opportunity for pensions, local businesses and restaurants associated with tourism.

New business opportunities will arise for volunteers included in the program of Rescue planting in private gardens.

The project will have a positive impact on local employment through the implementation of sub-delivery (supply) by local service providers.

2. Regional identity creation

Both European important localities are situated on the outskirt of the region and thus, these areas suffer from unemployment, lack of public infrastructure and depopulation. The project will show the importance of local wildlife protection and tourist potential of the region to the local people and thus support the formation of local identity. Care about local endangered species and its localities and increasing of tourist interest will bring economic opportunities and show the potential for sustainable development based on appropriate use of local resources.

3. Increasing of social prestige of elderly people

Gardening is very popular mainly among the population of retirement age, who face the risk of marginalisation. This project will offer a new opportunity for this group of people to increase their social status and to create a network with similar people through the sharing their results.

4. Prevention of negative behavior

Negative behavior in relation to nature conservation includes, in particular, vandalism, collection of specially protected species and destruction of habitats. Using the increasing awareness about the negative impacts of such behavior, social pressure and availability of Minuartia for gardening, the project contributes to the prevention of such behavior.

5. Socio-economic benefit in the nature protection

Forest grazing as a management tool for localities is used at several small locations in the Czech Republic. Forest managers have been reluctant to use this method despite its benefits for nature conservation and smaller cost in comparison with mowing down. This project implements a large-scale pasture and thanks to this, it could be a key element in changing attitudes. Forest grazing has economic benefits for participating farmers, who are raising awareness about the natural values of the region thanks to its implementation.

The project will also improve links between organizations concerning with nature protection (AOPK, ČSOP and other non-profit organizations) and general public using program of Rescue planting as a new type of species protection. The program will also lead to creation of new economic opportunities by introducing new species (in long-term horizon – not only Minuartia smejkalii) for gardeners and botanical gardens.