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Integrative multifunctional forest management: a nature-based solution for adapted and resilient forests in Austria
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Integrative multifunctional forest management: a nature-based solution for adapted and resilient forests in Austria

Almost half (47.9 %) of Austria is covered by forests, which have been used by humans for thousands of years.  For nearly half a century, the multifunctionality of forests is legally anchored in the Federal Forestry Act (1975) – reflecting both forests’ great value for human health, animals, and plants, and their important contribution to...

Secondary forestry schools collaborating with Marteloscopes in the Czech Republic
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Secondary forestry schools collaborating with Marteloscopes in the Czech Republic

Did you know that in Czech Republic, there are currently six Marteloscopes available for training of integrative approaches to forest management? However, recent events have not been favourable for the training activities with Marteloscopes. Trainings were first limited by the bark beetle calamity, as the forest managers and workers were very busy battling against the...

Large carnivores and forest ecosystem management in Slovenia
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Large carnivores and forest ecosystem management in Slovenia

Slovenian forestry is known for its management practices which promote natural forest structures, natural regeneration and forest stand development through mimicking natural processes and small-scale disturbances. This, commonly named the “close-to-nature” management approach, integrates ecosystem requirements into sustainable forest management. One of its main goals is biological diversity preservation as an aspect of Slovenian wildlife management. Being part of forest management, both aim to preserve habitats and favourable conservation status of many species. This also includes species that are endangered, vulnerable, or rare on the European...

One forest does not fit all: Biodiversity conservation in integrated and segregated forest areas
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One forest does not fit all: Biodiversity conservation in integrated and segregated forest areas

Whether it be a huge European bison or an obscure saproxylic beetle, all forest species have specific and unique requirements for conservation. While some may thrive in wood production forests with integrated conservation strategies, others may require segregated forests with little or no intervention. On the 28th of September, the European Network Integrate sought to progress the discussion of these highly debated questions during its sixth meeting titled:...

Embrace the Green Deal!
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Embrace the Green Deal!

On 24 June, the Integrate Network facilitated by the European Forest Institute organised the first Integrate Webinar. The webinar focused on the European Green Deal and its impacts on forest management and protection in Europe, with a special focus on the integration of biodiversity conservation into sustainable forest management – which is the main focus...

Białowieża forest – in search of the scientific evidence (and why it is still worth meeting and discussing)
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Białowieża forest – in search of the scientific evidence (and why it is still worth meeting and discussing)

While the discussion on the European Green Deal has been unexpectedly intertwined with the planning of the Green Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, biodiversity conservation and its reconciliation with sustainable forest use is again in the centre of attention of the decision-makers, scientists and the broad society. Again? Or should we rather say – still?

Can nature conservation and wood production be reconciled in managed forests?
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Can nature conservation and wood production be reconciled in managed forests?

Integrated forest management (IFM) can help reconcile critical trade-offs between goals in forest management, such as nature conservation and biomass production. The challenge of IFM is dealing with these trade-offs at the level of practical forest management, such as striving for compromises between biomass extraction and habitat retention. With this background in mind, the paper...