TransParcNet Meeting 2018 in Podyjí (Czech Republic) and Thayatal (Austria)

Jointly organized by Podyjí and Thayatal National Parks and supported by Interreg Austria - Czech Republic.

“Bridges over troubled water - Nature protection of river landscapes"

We are very pleased to invite you to the TransParcNet meeting 2018. The meeting will take place in Podyjí and Thayatal area at the Czech – Austrian border. We look forward to welcoming you from Tuesday 5th to Friday 8th June 2018.

This year’s meeting will focus on „Nature protection of river landscapes" in transboundary regions. We will study experiences from Podyjí and Thayatal and other areas and also enjoy views of deep Dyje/Thaya river valley, large forests and vast heath lands.

We also seek your contribution and experiences with river landscape protection and all the aspects, it may contain. The official opening of the TransParcNet meeting 2018 will take place on Tuesday 5th of June at 17:00 in Retz, Austria.

Conference language is English. Participants can count on accommodation and diet for whole time of the conference. 

Registration
The online registration, including reservation of accommodation is closed. If you are still interested, please contact us at grossmann@nppodyji_cz .

The conference fee is set to 130 EUR. It should be paid by deadline of registration. The fee includes part of accommodation and diet costs as well as other costs associated with organization of the event. The event is financed by INTERREG Austria - Czech Republic project “Prohloubení a představení spolupráce NP Podyjí a Thayatal” and Podyji and Thayatal National Parks Administrations.

How to get to Retz

By airplane:
The Vienna International Airport (VIE) is the closest big international airport to the city of Retz. You can use public transport infrastructure to get to Vienna city. From the stations “Wien Hauptbahnhof” or “Wien Mitte” you can continue non-stop by train to Retz. More information on transportation from airport...

Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) – with Prague Public Transport (bus and metro)  to Florenc Bus Station (stop on metro lines C and B) and then continue by bus to Znojmo (Detail timetable for Czech Republic). We will organize shuttle from Znojmo or you can continue by train from there.

By train
Retz has convenient train connection from Vienna. You can reach Retz from Wien Hauptbahnhof (or several other train stations in Vienna) by train approximately every hour. For detail timetable please visit: https://tickets.oebb.at/en/ticket. Retz can be also reached by train from Znojmo. Retz train station is in walking distance to the Hotel Althof. We can organize a shuttle service if needed.

By car
From Czech Republic through D1 highway exit in Jihlava or Brno to direction Znojmo . From Znojmo follow road 413 to Retz.
In Austria from highway S5 to S3 in Stockerau, then continue to Hollabrunn and follow E59 and B30 to Retz.
There is a parking lot at Hotel Althof.

Venues
Hotel Althof in Retz is place of accommodation and venue of Tuesday June the 5th events. More information can be found here: http://www.althof.at/

Thayatal Nationalparkhaus Hardegg will be conference venue on Wednesday and Thursday and starting point for the excursions. Shuttle from Hotel Althof and back will be organized on both days.

Accommodation
Hotel Althof in Retz will provide accommodation for participants of the conference. The cost of accommodation will be covered from your conference fee.

Contacts
For logistic issues and other questions, please contact:
David Grossmann (NP Podyjí), grossmann@nppodyji_cz, +420 734 759 030. 
Martha Schober (NP Thayatal), office@np-thayatal_at+43 (0) 2949 / 7005

PROGRAM of the PODYJI / THAYATAL TRANSPARCNET MEETING 2018
Please see detailed program in pdf Please see detailed program in pdf (1,15 MB)

Tuesday, 5th June

15:00 Arrival / Opening of registration at Hotel Althof in Retz
17:00 Official opening in seminar room of Hotel Althof in Retz
19:00 Dinner / Transboundary buffet

Wednesday, 6th June

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Shuttle pick-up at Hotel Althof in Retz and transfer to Nationalparkhaus Thayatal
9:00 Presentation session I “Changes and challenges of river ecosystems”
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Presentation session II “The river basin landscape impact on the state of watercourses
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Short excursion in Nationalpark Thayatal - Podyjí
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Workshop session
19:00 Dinner and guided tour in Retz / local traditions and products

Thursday, 7th June

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Shuttle pick-up at Hotel Althof in Retz and transfer to Nationalparkhaus Thayatal
9:00 Presentation session III “Transboundary cooperation in water protection”
10:45 Coffee break
11:15 Final presentations
12:10 Excursion to Nationalpark Thayatal - Podyjí
18:30 Dinner in Bítov / local traditions and products 

Friday, 8th June

8:00 Breakfast & Departure

The event is supported by the “Prohloubení a představení spolupráce NP Podyjí a Thayatal (The Deepening and  Presentation of the Podyjí and Thayatal National Parks Cooperation)” project, implemented under the Small Projects Fund Austria - Czech Republic within the framework of INTERREG V-A Austria - Czech Republic (KPF 02-023, project duration: 1 February 2018 - 31 December 2018, total project costs EUR 18 415).