Floodplain ForestsPerspectives for Danube floodplain forests (8648 KB)
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Natural systems – also the connections between various habitats and their inhabiting species – are dynamic. The connection, undisrupted by human infrastructure, between the same or similar types of habitats is needed, for the migration of plants and animals to work – which is needed for their survival. Ecosystems also don’t recognize state borders: These are merely lines on a map, but in reality very often one large ecosystem is spread over several countries.
Activities STEP 2.0
The main aim in this project is to further support the maintenance of an international network of floodplain forest habitats. This activity builds on the Perspectives for Floodplain Forestsdeveloped in the first joint project.
The Black Poplar was selected as a flagship species to support this work as it provides a hook for communicating with the public about protecting old forest stands, protecting dynamic rejuvenation areas and the genetic varieties of local species. The DANUBEPARKS network will elaborate a Black Poplar cadastre, as well as analyse the genetics of local variations of Black Poplar to provide a basis for future reforestation activities.
The leadership of Vojvodinašume in this activity, which is a publicly-owned forest company that manages the Protected Areas in the Serbian province of Vojvodina, is a real asset for cooperation with forestry stakeholders. The project DANUBEPARKS STEP 2.0 foresees a cross-sectorial conference on floodplain forest management in spring 2014, followed by a study visit of forestry companies from the Danube countries to Austria. Both actions will improve cross-sectorial cooperation and nature-friendly forestry measures.
One major focus during the first project was on forests: A large part of floodplain areas is covered by forests, which are different from other forests in the way they react to and depend on the varying levels of water that rise and fall throughout the year. In response to this, the DANUBEPARKS Network developed Perspectives for Danube Floodplain Forests which provide general guidance on managing floodplain forests in protected areas and help to establish common standards along the entire Danube River. It also includes suggestions for how to further protect the forests along the Danube and help re-naturalise forest stands.
Additionally, the project focused on establishing closer networks and coherent management in border zones. Examples of activities include the cross-border conservation concepts in the Austrian-Slovakian, Hungarian-Croatian and Hungarian-Serbian border zones. Additional unilateral management plans were created for the Duna-Ipoly National Park and the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve.