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Forest and nature conservation management in riparian forests – new handbook
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Forest and nature conservation management in riparian forests – new handbook

It sounds like a paradise: Being the largest protected river basin in Europe, the transboundary Mura-Drava-Danube is about to become the first five-country (Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia) biosphere reserve in the world under the auspices of UNESCO. The reserve covers an area of about 8,300 km2, which is comparable to more than one million soccer fields. Being extremely rich in biodiversity, it harbours high ecological and...

More than 200 forest stakeholders trained in Italian marteloscope
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More than 200 forest stakeholders trained in Italian marteloscope

Recently over two hundred forest technicians, professionals, naturalists, biologists, public administration officials, entrepreneurs, forest workers, students and operators of protected areas met in Lazio region, within Sala State Forest (Rieti), for two days of field experience. The activities took place in the Rieti-Lazio marteloscope belonging to the European Integrate Marteloscope Network. Part of the exercises...

New procedures in Croatian Forest Management
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New procedures in Croatian Forest Management

Before the Amendments to the “Nature Protection Act” were adopted in the Republic of Croatia in 2018, the Ministry responsible for nature protection required that nature protection conditions were fully incorporated into forest management plans. If the conditions were met and approved by the Ministry responsible for nature protection, the plan could then be sent for approval by the Ministry responsible for forestry.   However, the Amendments of the Nature Protection Act, and the adoption of the new “Forest Act and Ordinance...

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...

Summary of Webinar “Policy challenges of integrating biodiversity conservation in forest management”
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Summary of Webinar “Policy challenges of integrating biodiversity conservation in forest management”

On March 30, the European Network Integrate hosted the webinar “Policy challenges of integrating biodiversity conservation in forest management – the way forward”, gathering over 100 attendees. The webinar brought together forest policy experts from the French, German, Italian and Swiss governments to compare country perspectives and lessons learned on how to advance forest biodiversity conservation...

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...

First National Meeting of Integrate Network in Spain
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First National Meeting of Integrate Network in Spain

On the 22nd of February 2021, the first meeting of the Spanish partners in the Integrate Network was held. It was a great success in terms of participation, with the attendance of 16 people from different organizations such as the national and regional public administration, private companies, universities and research centres. As a first get-together,...