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Ice Breaker on 24 September 2012

During the conference a well received reception took place at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development in Dresden. About two third of the conference participants' enjoyed an evening of refreshments and music using the opportunity to getting to know the other conference attendees and to continue the discussions.

City Tour Dresden on 25 September 2012

19:00-21:00 o’clock

The guided walking tour through Dresden’s historic centre took the participants to some of the city’s most beautiful sights, such as the Zwinger, the castle, the Semperoper, Germany’s most famous opera house, as well as Frauenkirche church, which was destroyed in World War II and reconstructed after Germany’s reunification as a symbol of conciliation.

"Biosphere Reserve Upper Lusatian Heath and Pond Landscape" (Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft) study tour on 26 September 2012

8:00-16:00 o’clock

The biosphere reserve is located north of Bautzen in the eastern part of Saxonia at the German, Polish, and Czech border triangle. With more than one thousand ponds it is the largest network of lakes in Germany and many migratory birds either nest or rest in the area. It is known for its wide range of flora and fauna and has been recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1996. Some of the species that can be observed are stork, kingfisher, otter, sundew, and bog heather.

"Bohemian Switzerland National Park" study tour on 26 September 2012

8:00-16:00 o’clock

The Bohemian Switzerland National Park is located in north-western Czech Republic right at the border to Germany and the Saxon Switzerland National Park. It is a part of the larger territory of the Elbe Sandstones and consists of fascinating stone shapes resembling bridges, gates, honeycombs, or hourglasses. Besides its incredible rock features, the national park also hosts many animals, such as beavers and black storks, and plants. Old forests are surviving on inaccessible cliffs and many rare fungi, mosses, and ferns can be found here. Our tour took take us from Vysoká Lípa into the Kamenice gorge ending in Hrensko.