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.
Word cloud by Peter Železnik
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- Start date
- End date
- Budget in Euro
- Overall: 1503076,78
- ERDF Contribution: 1101242,71
- IPA Contribution: 176372,54
- ENI Contribution: 0
- Call number
- Call 2
- Environment and culture responsible Danube region
- Specific objective
- Foster the restoration and management of ecological corridors
|Filename||Date of upload|
|Output O5.3 Whole region riparian species gene bank||26-02-2021 14:11:24|
|Output O5.1 Planting material use and conservation guidelines||29-01-2021 13:00:36|
|Output O4.1 Demonstration sites for stakeholder education - Notice boards||13-10-2020 10:20:10|
|Output O3.3 Transnational seed transfer zones||15-05-2020 09:24:32|
|Output O3.1 Recommendations on tree species to use and promote||16-01-2020 12:00:59|
|Slovenian Forestry Institute||Lead email@example.com||SLOVENIA|
|Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape Austria||ERDF firstname.lastname@example.org||AUSTRIA|
|Croatian Forest Research Institute||ERDF email@example.com||CROATIA|
|National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre||ERDF firstname.lastname@example.org||HUNGARY|
|University of Novi Sad, Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment||IPA email@example.com||SERBIA|
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