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

 

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

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 - Take a look at our new notice boards for stakeholder education!
    - 06-11-2020
    Take a look at our new notice boards for stakeholder education!

    Written in local languages they cover various topics related to riparian forest management and conservation. These include dealing with invasive species, what to do when natural regeneration fails and much more. At the moment many of these can be...

  • REFOCuS - How to harmonise forest management planning and nature conservation in riparian forests of Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve?
    - 28-10-2020
    How to harmonise forest management planning and nature conservation in riparian forests of Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve?

    This was the leading question of our latest stakeholder workshop organised online on 15 October 2020 by the Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment (ILFE). It gathered 21 participants from all REFOCuS countries. Discussion helped in...

  • REFOCuS - You can be a forest superhero too!
    - 27-10-2020
    You can be a forest superhero too!

    Professional forester? Nature conservationist? Forest visitor? Spotted forest pest or disease in riparian forests of Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve? You did? Please share with us your finding via DanubeForestHealth platform. Be our forest...

  • REFOCuS - Announcement of three online stakeholder workshops to be held in October 2020
    - 22-09-2020
    Announcement of three online stakeholder workshops to be held in October 2020

    Announcement of three online stakeholder workshops to be held in October 2020 All interested please contact: Dr. Peter Železnik (peter.zeleznik@gozdis.si) Looking forward to collaborative learning and sharing our...

  • REFOCuS - Transboundary plus-tree selection continues
    - 05-03-2020
    Transboundary plus-tree selection continues

    Croatian Forest Research Institute continues with plus-tree selection for project’s target species (pedunculated oak, narrow-leaved ash, black poplar, black alder and field elm) in Croatia and helps project partners in Austria, Slovenia, Hungary...

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