August 22


10.00 Ing. Ján Topercer / Botanical Garden UK Blatnica

On some long-term problems of protection of Slovak national parks

In the lecture, there will be a talk about selected long-term unresolved problems of ecosystem protection in NP, such as the problems of their location and size, forest, water and non-forest ecosystems, education and public relations problems and related problems of science, ethics and ideologies.


11.00 Ing. Jozef Bučko

Great beasts in our country


11.30 Jerguš Tesák / WWF

Great beasts in our country

Over the past 200 years, great beasts have been exterminated in a greater part of Europe as a result of human persecution. Their area has been narrowed to several mountain areas in Central and Eastern Europe. In Slovakia, their condition improved when they began to be partially protected. In spite of this, their presence in or country is still fraught with many myths. Should we be afraid of them?

12.00 doc. Ing. Hubert Palúš, PhD. / PEFC Slovensko

PEFC forest certification and its importance in meeting sustainable development goals

12.30 Milan Janák / WWF

Certification of forest management in accordance with the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council and the role of the public

What is forest certification and how does FSC forest certification look like? What are the conditions for forest managers and what are the benefits? Does forest certification help to protect forests? What is the role of the public in FSC forest certification and why it is good to be interested in it.


13.00 Peter Grman / ECOlogic

Waste management and the ECOlogic Slovakia initiative

ECOlogic Slovakia is a group of activists focusing on environmental cleanliness. The possibility of using some types of waste, waste management and its undesirable effects in the context of environmental protection will be mentioned in the lecture. We will learn more about the work and scope of employment of ECOlogic Slovakia members in connection with their focus on illegal dumps.


14.00 Vilém Jurek / Rezekvítek

How to do something positive for the country?

The motto of the lecture is the protection, planning and management of the country. The three words point out that only a man can remedy a depleted and damaged country. What can the owner, citizen and a politician specifically do (and must) to restore the country?  This is what Ing. Vilém Jurek, the landscape ecologist and head of the Nature Conservation Section of the Czech Conversation Association Rezekvítek will be talking about.  

15.00 Simona Kubíčková / ZOO Jihlava

Even the poorer protect the world: an environmental lesson from Kenya

A brief insight into Kenya focused on environmental thinking. About the fact that the government can motivate locals to fondness for nature and animals, but let us not forget about the charm of country and animals of Africa.


16.00 Jan Pluháček / ZOO Ostrava

Aspects of protection of rare species in European zoos

It is not easy to save a rare species in a zoo. It requires knowledge about the species to breed, reproduce, protect its habitat, cooperation, communication and the adherence of many other rules. Jan Pluháček from the Ostrava Zoo will tell us that it is possible and in many cases it is also successful.


17.00 Viliam Bartuš / forest protection group VLK


Talking about how much needs to be done in order to at least in some parts of Slovakia do not have to do anything and what does the VLK do to save forests in Slovakia.

August 23

10.00 Tibor Papšo / agricultural businessman and activist

Ecological breeding of sheep and cattle

11.00 Mgr. Žofia Filagová / BROZ

Biodiversity of the agricultural landscape and how to help it?

The lecture is concerned with the current challenges in nature conservation in agricultural environment, biodiversity of agrarian landscape and activities aimed at its increase. You will learn more about these current topics from the lecture and they will also tell you about the LIFE project, which is aimed at the restoration of biodiversity in the protected bird area Island Meadows on the Lower Rye Island.


12.00 Anton Kušš / Nature Guard Ponitrie

Activities of the Nature Guard, its powers and duties

The members of the Nature Guard are employees of the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic. Their task is to supervise what is happening in their commended territory. They deal, for example, with the compliance with regulations in a conservation area, monitoring the occurrence of rare plant and animal species, taking of various measures for area protection. Apart from the protection itself, the scope of their employment is the cooperation with municipal authorities, state administration, Slovak Police Force, and the land owners and administrators.


13.00 Jaroslav Blaško / Journeys to Silence

Borrowed planet

Presentation of educational project Borrowed Planet. The project consists of 16 short documentary films and four multimedia works. The Borrowed planet is a modern, complex, comprehensive, teaching tool, which can significantly help to educate the younger generation.


14.00 prof. Ing. Pavel Alexy / Slovak University of Technology

Bioplasts - the end of the plastic age?

At the time when our planet is slowly shrouding in plastic waste islands in the seas, which enter our food chain through fish that involuntarily swallow them and heaps of plastic product are slowly overwhelming us, Professor Alexy came with an amazing invention. Together with his team from the STU he invented a plastic material, which decomposes itself, it is not made of fossil materials (crude oil) and it is possible to use waste to produce its main components.


15.00 Mgr. Katarina Gabašová, PhD. / Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

New relationship of man and nature? Environmentally Engaged Art

Materialism, overproduction and hyper-consumption, among other factors, brought humans to a crossroads. The direction which we should take requires a change in thinking, feeling and action not only in relation to nature.

Artists whose work appeals from apathy and scepticism to civic activism inspire us to change our relationship with nature through aesthetic experiences (positive and negative) that we acquire in contact with nature (even devastated).


16.00 David Číp / Jaro Jaroměř, KPPO

Living garden

How to build and maintain a garden so that it abounds with life? Was it full of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, hedgehogs and croaking frogs? Many practical types, advice and tutorials will be introduced by zoologist David Číp - a longtime professional nature conservationist, head of a wildlife rescue station.

17.00 Branislav Moňok / Friends of the Earth SPZ

Household composting

Composting is a way to make a high-quality compost from organic waste - organic fertilizer, which is ideal for growing plants. With its help we return the nutrients back to the soil that we had previously taken from it during cultivation. Branislav Moňok, Chairman of the Friends of the Earth SPZ, will tell us about his many years of experience in composting.


August 24


10.00 Hanka Timková / Zoborské liečivky

Sustainable and environmentally friendly household

The lecture will focus primarily on the issue of a healthy and ecological household. We will show you how you can make your own domestic ecological products very easily and economically in practice from universal cleaning agent through eco softener, washing gel to toothpastes. We will talk about the power of herbs and how we can use them to produce individual products so we can safely have an ecological, healthy and cozy home.


10.45 Anton Kušš / Guard of Nature Ponitrie

Activities of the Nature Guard, its powers and duties

Kušš will introduce us to the activities, permissions and duties of the Nature Guard. The members of the Nature Guard are employees of the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic. Their task is to supervise what is happening in their commended territory. They deal, for example, with the compliance with regulations in a conservation area, supervising the occurrence of rare plant and animal species, taking of various measures for area protection. Their activities also include the environmental education in the field and at schools. You can learn about all this and more at the eco-festival in Nitra.


11.30 Milan Jeglik / GREEN LIFE

The Eye of the Earth - world monitoring and wilderness protection

The aim of the Eye of the Earth is the direct protection of endangered species of animals in the field and the creation of an educational and motivational program for schools on 5 continents. This project is based initially on the activities of the Eye of a Tiger program and the anti-poaching patrol guard Tiger Commando in Sumatra, where we monitor tigers, elephants and orangutans in the Leuser ecosystem.


12.15 CHANGE Katarína Linczényiová / freediver

View of the Earth from the depths of the ocean

Katarína is one of the world leaders in deep diving. She took up scuba diving at the age of 9 and at the age of 20 she won the 3rd Deepest Female Dive of 2013. Besides professional sports, Katka is involved in several projects and research with a focus on sustainable development.

13.00 Milan Jeglik + Zdenek Zulu Syrový

Poaching and trophy hunting (debate)


14.00 Karol Kaliský / Arolla Film

Arolla film

We will talk about the Arolla Film company, which was founded in 2009 to contribute to the protection of The Silent Valley and The Dill Valley in Tatras, today the largest wilderness protected areas in Slovakia through the film Guardian of the Wilderness and the book The Last Fortress.

15.30 Michal Wiezik / MY SME LES, MEP


In the lecture we will talk about the initiative We Are a Forest, which "woke up" thousands of Slovaks and not only about it.


16.15 Michal Wiezik + Karol Kaliský

The wilderness is the hope of preserving the world

Only nature without human intervention - wild nature - is an authentic, perfect nature. The discussion is concerned about why wild nature is so important, why it is declining and how this negative state can be changed.


August 25

10.00 CHANGE 

11.00 Doc. Ing. Ida Petrovičová, PhD. / UKF in Nitra, Department of Zoology and Anthropology

Plastics, threat or aid?

In the lecture you will learn about the pollution of our planet with plastics and about the risks that they pose for human health due to the content of several chemical (phthalates, bisphenol A). Phthalates are classified as chemicals that are able to disturb the balance in the body. You will find out how much the environment is endangered by the use of plastic products, but also about the possibilities of restricting the use of plastic products containing toxic substances.

12.00 Mgr. Jakub Absolon, PhD.  / o.z. ESORG

For supermarkets without plastics!

Introducing an initiative aimed at forcing supermarket chains in Slovakia to follow their colleagues e.g. from the Netherlands (Ekoplaza, January 2017) or the Czech Republic (Rohlik.cz, August 2018) and create plastic-free shelves in their stores, so-called “Plastic-free” zones.


13.00 Ing. Richard Ulianko / o.z. ESORG

Impact of oil palm cultivation on rainforests

At first glance, the issue of growing oil palm and consumption of palm oil does not concern us, Slovaks. If anyone starts telling you about the fact that by consuming palm oil you support the destruction of the rainforests, you imagine that the nearest rainforest is so far away that it simply does not concern you at all. But the opposite is true.


14.00 Tereza Šuligová / Recycler

Earn money from waste

With every purchase, we create new waste and our money goes straight to the dump, landfill, sometimes to the recycling centers. The better we learn to handle the waste, the more it can turn to our financial situation. Here are tips on how to save money without waste, but also tips on how to make money from waste.


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