Project number: DG18P02OVV060
Project title: Identification and preservation of historic field patterns
Donor: NAKI II (Program: DG)
Project coordinator: ČZU Prague, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Project coordinator: FES ČZU Prague
Project leader: prof. Ing. Petr Sklenička, CSc.
Contact person: doc. Ing. Kristina Janečková, Ph.D. (ČZU), doc. PhDr. Jaromír Beneš, Ph.D. (JČU)
Project schedule: 2018-2022
Total project budget: 23,3 mil. Kč
The disappearance and degradation of historical landscapes of cultural significance is a global problem, and one which is highly pertinent to the Faculty of Environmental Sciences (FES). These landscapes of the Czech Republic are referred to as plužina, and at present their presence hasn’t been systematically recorded leaving them vulnerable to further decline. Plužina hold intrinsic values for their medieval origin and form as unique among cultural landscapes of the world; as well as in landscape stability.
Starting in 2018, this project has been made possible via Czech Ministry of Culture (NAKI II) funding and brings together expertise from a number of research facilities and disciplines. The team which is coordinated by ČZU rector prof. Ing. Petr Sklenička, CSc. and is comprised of researchers from ČZU, and the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.
This project aims to provide protection to plužina landscapes, which will be done through understanding them from a range of perspectives to analyse their development, threats and best methods of protection with the aim of ensuring the sustainable development of plužina landscapes. Research within this project will be used to guide civic authorities in identifying, understanding and making steps to protect these landscapes across the Czech Republic. Furthermore, a utility model will be constructed for the effects which plužina have on landscape hydrology. Alongside this, the significance of plužina as both a internationally important cultural landscape, and their place within the story of Czech nation.