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

  • 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...

  • REFOCuS - GUIDELINES FOR PLANTING MATERIAL USE AND CONSERVATION
    - 23-02-2021
    GUIDELINES FOR PLANTING MATERIAL USE AND CONSERVATION

    Sometimes natural forest regeneration of riparian forests fails in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve. In these cases, professionals resort to artificial forest regeneration by using forest reproductive material produced in...

  • 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...

  • REFOCuS - Regeneration of riparian forests – When in doubt, go native!
    - 23-01-2020
    Regeneration of riparian forests – When in doubt, go native!

    Stability of riparian forests in Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve is declining. Majority of native key stone species is seriously damaged. Natural forest regeneration often fails. No, this is not a beginning of a science fiction movie. This is...

  • REFOCuS - Opportunity to have your say on the future of the riparian forests in the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube
    - 23-10-2019
    Opportunity to have your say on the future of the riparian forests in the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube

    One of the results of the REFOCuS project is development of forest management and nature conservation guidelines. Within the project we have developed a questionnaire for four groups of stakeholders that are somehow connected with the Biosphere...

  • 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...

  • REFOCuS - Back alder plus tree selection in Serbia
    - 03-06-2019
    Back alder plus tree selection in Serbia

    ILFE has been very busy lately with selection of Black alder plus trees. This time they visited Bački Monoštor in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve which is close to town of Sombor and Danube River. Plus trees are those trees that score...

  • REFOCuS - How to harmonise forest management and nature protection goals in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve?
    - 26-04-2019
    How to harmonise forest management and nature protection goals in the Mura-Drava-Danube Biosphere Reserve?

    ILFE, one of the REFOCuS project partners organised a two-day workshop in Novi Sad on policy related issued affecting riparian forest management in the Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube. The workshop took place at the ILFE’s premises on 16th...

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