The topic of ERC 2017 is Heritage of military areas: Perspectives of revitalization
After termination of the Cold war, a significant number of military areas around Europe were no longer needed for training of armed forces, and this is especially true for the case of Eastern European countries. One example of such area is the Brdy Highland in the middle of Bohemia. Former military area with restricted access for civilians was opened for public on January 1, 2016.
Natural conditions inside this area are very specific and their preservation will be in the spotlight of any revitalization efforts, but protection of nature has to be friendly to potential visitors. With regard to the fact that the trend of opening military areas is present all around Europe, this topic, with all its problems and challenges, is definitely an issue to be discussed.
And all of you, participants of ERC 2017, will be part of these discussions :-)
Below, you can find a few words about the protected landscape area Brdy:
Brdy Highland represents the highest upland (865 m.a.s.l., at Tok Hill) in the central part of the Czech Republic, located 60 km SW from Prague on the border between Central and Western Bohemia. Because of the existence of a military training ground in its highest part, Brdy Highland is the least known of all the Czech mountains and highlands. The elevation difference of 400 m over a distance of 7 km from the valley of the Litavka River to the highest point enable classifying the highest part of the Brdy Highland as a “mountainous environment”.
For almost 90 years this area was closed to public since it was a military training area. Since the 1st January 2016, it is opened again to public as a natural protected area. The protected area spreads on 345 square kilometres, 260 of which was used by the military. The foundation of the new CHKO (protected area, czech abbreviation) will afflict 34 municipalities. However, it will not restrict people’s entry to the locality. Motor vehicles are banned from the whole territory, new tourist paths will start to be marked and the whole area left by the military will be open to the public as soon as the surface pyrotechnical research is completed.