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Background, main results and conclusions from a test phase for biodiversity assessments on intensive forest monitoring plots in Europe

R Fischer (1)   , O Granke (1), G Chirici (2), P Meyer (3), W Seidling (1), S Stofer (4), P Corona (6), M Marchetti (2), D Travaglini (5)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 2, Issue 2, Pages 67-74 (2009)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0493-002
Published: Mar 18, 2009 - Copyright © 2009 SISEF

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The Forest Biodiversity Test phase Assessments (ForestBIOTA) project was carried out on 97 intensive monitoring plots located in 12 European countries. It aimed at the development and test implementation of monitoring methods for forest biodiversity across Europe. More specifically it covered the fields of (i) stand structure, (ii) forest deadwood, (iii) ground vegetation and (iv) epiphytic lichens. A forest type classification was applied in addition. The project took into account policy requirements stated by a number of political processes and institutions including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in Europe, the Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference and the European Union. Whereas detailed results of the assessments are presented in additional publications (Stofer et al. 2007, in prep, Meyer et al. 2007, submitted), this paper draws a number of general conclusions and gives recommendations for future development of forest biodiversity monitoring in Europe.

  Keywords


Stand structure, Deadwood, Lichens, Vegetation, Forest types, Forest monitoring, ICP Forests, ForestBIOTA

Authors’ address

(1)
R Fischer
O Granke
W Seidling
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute (Germany)
(2)
G Chirici
M Marchetti
University of Molise, Pesche, IS (Italy)
(3)
P Meyer
Northwest-German Forestry Research Station, Göttingen (Germany)
(4)
S Stofer
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf (Switzerland)
(5)
D Travaglini
University of Firenze (Italy)
(6)
P Corona
University of Tuscia, Viterbo (Italy)

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Citation

Fischer R, Granke O, Chirici G, Meyer P, Seidling W, Stofer S, Corona P, Marchetti M, Travaglini D (2009). Background, main results and conclusions from a test phase for biodiversity assessments on intensive forest monitoring plots in Europe. iForest 2: 67-74. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0493-002

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Marco Borghetti

Paper history

Received: Nov 12, 2008
Accepted: Feb 24, 2009

First online: Mar 18, 2009
Publication Date: Mar 18, 2009
Publication Time: 0.73 months

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