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 include:

  • recommendations on tree species to use & promote,
  • spatial analysis of the riparian corridor,
  • management handbook for threatened riparian forests,
  • pests & diseases riparian forests information system & identification tool,
  • transnational seed transfer zones for seven riparian tree species for the Biosphere Reserve & project partner countries,
  • database on planting material for riparian forests connected to transnational seed transfer zones,
  • common regional planting material transfer procedure,
  • planting material use & conservation guidelines,
  • regional gene bank of riparian species,
  • holistic strategy for resilient riparian forests collaboratively produced by project partners, associated partners and all interested stakeholders from various sectors
  • installed demonstration sites for stakeholder education. Word cloud by Peter Železnik 

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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

Library

Filename Date of upload
D2.4.1. REFOCuS brochure_GER 16-11-2018 08:40:33
D2.2.1. REFOCuS_Communication strategy 12-11-2018 13:16:46
D2.4.2. REFOCuS_Newsletter_no1 12-11-2018 13:16:22
D2.2.2. REFOCuS_poster 12-11-2018 13:13:56
D2.4.1. REFOCuS_brochure_SRB 12-11-2018 13:04:32
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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 - Walking through the forest transects. Say what?
    - 21-03-2019
    Walking through the forest transects. Say what?

    This month researchers of the Slovenian Forestry Institute, as part of their project activities, inspected the transects through the Slovenian riparian forests in the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. Transects are lines delineated on the maps...

  • REFOCuS - Stakeholder workshop in Novi Sad, 16-17/4/2019
    - 20-03-2019
    Stakeholder workshop in Novi Sad, 16-17/4/2019

    Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment (ILFE), a REFOCuS project partner, is organising a two-day workshop in Novi Sad on policy related issues affecting riparian forest management in the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. Forest...

  • REFOCuS - ILFE promoted REFOCuS on the 14th International fair of education in Serbia
    - 19-03-2019
    ILFE promoted REFOCuS on the 14th International fair of education in Serbia

    ILFE has participated on the 14th International fair of education “Putokazi” held from 7th – 9th of March 2019 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Visitors of the fair, future and current students, got familiar with activities of ILFE in field of forestry...

  • REFOCuS - The second project meeting took place in Jastrebarsko
    - 04-03-2019
    The second project meeting took place in Jastrebarsko

    Project partners gathered for the two-day project meeting in Jastrebarsko at the premisses of the Croatian Forest Research Institute. They discussed status of data collection, as well as ongoing and future project activities. Partners also...

  • REFOCuS - Field observations in riparian forests as a basis for development of forest management objectives
    - 11-02-2019
    Field observations in riparian forests as a basis for development of forest management objectives

    REFOCuS will provide forest management and conservation guidelines for riparian forests in the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. For that purpose field observations will be carried out to investigate the current state of the forests in the...

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