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 - Dear stakeholders, please join us again for two wonderful workshops!
    - 02-10-2019
    Dear stakeholders, please join us again for two wonderful workshops!

    We are kindly inviting stakeholders of the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube to join us for the two workshops. These workshops will take place in several venues in Austria (Vienna, Eckartsau, Nationalpark Donau Auen) on 16th...

  • REFOCuS - DanubeForestHealth information system is now on!
    - 10-09-2019
    DanubeForestHealth information system is now on!

    Imagine strolling in forests of the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. You may see some trees that do not look well or observe some insects that you may not know anything about. You are interested to know more and learn how those pests and...

  • REFOCuS - Plus trees of targeted project species selected in Austria
    - 09-09-2019
    Plus trees of targeted project species selected in Austria

    The project partners from Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape Austria (BFW) and Croatian Forest Research Institute spent one week, from 26-30/8/2019, in Bad Radkersburg (Austria). The goal of the joint...

  • REFOCuS - Workshop for forest tree health experts
    - 04-06-2019
    Workshop for forest tree health experts

    REFOCuS organises a two-day workshop for forest tree health experts on 17th and 18th of June in Murska Sobota (Slovenia) in Hotel Diana. The goal for the first day is to present information system DanubeForestHealth as well as to present in the...

  • REFOCuS - Walking the walk through the forest transects in Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia
    - 03-06-2019
    Walking the walk through the forest transects in Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia

    Previously we talked about need for walking through the forest transects for the purpose of collecting data about status of riparian forests in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve. Finally, it is time to walk the walk! Our colleagues from BFW...

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