REFOCuS Resilient riparian forests as ecological corridors in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve

Riparian forests of the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve are important ecological corridors but at the same time are in unfavourable condition due to various reasons. For instance, these are increasing incidence of pests and diseases, unsustainable human activities and lack of guidance on how to manage riparian forest, especially when natural regeneration fails. On the other side, these forests are important for society in general due to provision of many services and benefits.  

REFOCuS will than fight to counteract this decline by boosting riparian forest resilience. In order to achieve this goal, REFOCuS will:

  • come up with novel silvicultural methods for forest management and conservation
  • increase availability of appropriate planting material to be used when natural regeneration fails.

Photo by Aleksander Marinšek

REFOCuS consortium, led by Slovenian Forestry Institute, consists of 5 project and 6 associated partners from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, geographically covering the whole territory of the Biosphere Reserve. The project implementation is organized in four thematic working packages:

1) Interpreting knowledge

2) Silviculture & conservation

3) Planting material availability

4) The policy interface.

Project management and communication packages act as a support for the thematic working packages.

Project results

 

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Resilient riparian forests as ecological corridors in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve
Start date
01-06-2018
End date
31-05-2021
Budget in Euro
Overall: 1503076,78
ERDF Contribution: 1101242,71
IPA Contribution: 176372,54
ENI Contribution: 0
Call number
Call 2
Priority
Environment and culture responsible Danube region
Specific objective
Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors

Project Partners

Name Type Email Country
Slovenian Forestry Institute Lead partner marjana.westergren@gozdis.si SLOVENIA
Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape Austria ERDF partner silvio.schueler@bfw.gv.at AUSTRIA
Croatian Forest Research Institute ERDF partner mladeni@sumins.hr CROATIA
National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre ERDF partner lnagy@erti.hu HUNGARY
University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment IPA partner srdjan.stojnic@uns.ac.rs SERBIA
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Project News

  • REFOCuS - Stakeholder insights - Key issues in Mura-Drava-Danube riparian forest management and conservation
    - 14-09-2021
    Stakeholder insights - Key issues in Mura-Drava-Danube riparian forest management and conservation

    Stakeholders are important part of, not just Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve, but all protected areas. Sometimes, due to main point of interest, stakeholders can have different opinions and aims for protected area leading to potential...

  • REFOCuS - NEW BOOK IS OUT!
    - 11-08-2021
    NEW BOOK IS OUT!

    Are you a forester or conservationist looking for new knowledge to improve your practice, a student looking for comprehensive material, or just enjoy riparian forests and want to learn more? If so, we are pleased to introduce our newest...

  • REFOCuS - Invitation to final stakeholder conference
    - 22-04-2021
    Invitation to final stakeholder conference

    We at REFOCuS cordially invite everyone interested in the management and conservation of riparian forest to join us at the final stakeholder conference! Due to the unpredictable situation with COVID-19 pandemics, it will be organised as a...

  • REFOCuS - THE BEAUTY OF MURA-DRAVA-DANUBE BIOSPHERE RESERVE IN OUR NEW PROJECT VIDEO
    - 08-04-2021
    THE BEAUTY OF MURA-DRAVA-DANUBE BIOSPHERE RESERVE IN OUR NEW PROJECT VIDEO

    It is with great pleasure that the REFOCuS team presents the promotional video of the project! It is available on YouTube (see also below). It was filmed at locations of Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve in Croatia. The video brings...

  • REFOCuS - WE ESTABLISHED A REGIONAL RIPARIAN TREE SPECIES GENE BANK
    - 09-03-2021
    WE ESTABLISHED A REGIONAL RIPARIAN TREE SPECIES GENE BANK

    Today, there is a lot of negative pressure on the riparian forests of Mura-Drava-Danube biosphere reserve, which poses a challenge to the stability and sustainability of these forests in the future. In this context, genetic diversity is precious...

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