Silvicultural measures to improve forest biodiversity in protected areas

Dept 58 - International Relations
Dept 58 - International Relations


RegionNational coverage
Title of the ProgrammeBiodiversity and Ecosystem Services & Environmental Monitoring and Integrated Planning Control & Adaptation to Climate Change
Title of the ProjectSilvicultural measures to improve forest biodiversity in protected areas
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Project Promoter

Forestry and Game Management Research Institute

Name of Norwegian Partner(s)

Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute

Name of Local Partner(s)

Karel Matějka - IDS

Objective of the Project

Current efforts in preservation and renewal of a high level of biodiversity of the environment lead to reintroduction of historic processes of forest exploitation on small parts of the forest land, especially in nature protection zones. On highland or mountain levels these processes mean transfer to nature-like exploitation simulating the condition of the forest ecosystem in different stages of the small evolution cycle or leaving the forest to develop spontaneously. On lowland levels various procedures of forest exploitation are proposed with targeted orientation on support for a particular species or community. A frequent requirement is reduced density of the growth which allows for survival of photophilic species in the ecosystem. Such communities display certain features corresponding to ecotones, for which high biodiversity is typical. Such growing measures are known not only from Central Europe but also from North Europe. Individual designs of forest growth management often differ considerably depending on the reasons for the protection. Specific procedures of forest management are included as proposals in the plans of care of protected areas. A unified description of these procedures and their comprehensive evaluation are still missing, though. The purpose of the project is to use current knowledge gained by long-term research for compilation of a catalogue of procedures (growth measures) for increase of biodiversity in forests including evaluation of impact of these measures. The catalogue should include at least the following parts: - The measure and its brief description. - Possible applications - decision about application on the basis of selected conditions. - An example of a territory with a suitable (possible) application, or a territory where the measure has already been applied. A demonstration object will be selected for most important measures for detailed future monitoring. - Methodology of the measure implementation. - Assessment of impact of the measure on biodiversity of selected indication groups of species (plants, insects, Oribatids, macromycetes). - Appropriateness of the application in the context of protection of species, selected ecosystems and natural processes. - Assessment of impact of the measure on productive ability of the forest and other forest functions.


Approved grant

Approximately 238 030 EUR

Project DurationStart date: 1st January 2015, End date: 30th April 2016