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The paper analyses the implementation of the growing stock estimation methods in the forests of Slovakia between the years 2001 and 2010. The analysis focuses on mature stands with primary timber production function in more detail. The share of more accurate and costly methods has been continuously decreasing; and since 1993 yield tables have become the most prevalent methods of estimation used in mature stands are. After more than 20 years of their implementation it is important to verify the accuracy of their application, the accuracy of the provided input variables and the methodology behind the growing stock estimation. The paper identifies the cases of their incorrect application, and the risks associated with the quantification of input data, and proposes the measures for their elimination. It stresses the importance of inspection of monitoring the quality of Forest Stewardship Programmes which operates as a specialised task since 2008. Since that time, a positive trend has been observed in mature stands of timber production forests in which mathematical-statistical sampling methods are gaining on importance. © 2014, WDG. All rights reserved.

The contribution deals with the challenges forest planning in Slovakia faces under changing socioeconomic conditions. It theoretically defines a strategic, tactical and operational level of forest planning and their content including the proposal of a range of outputs for forestry practice. It identifies weaknesses of current forest planning whilst focusing on unclear formulation of objectives and strategies used in framework planning and their projection into practice through tactical programmes. Owing to lower importance of detail in forest planning it proposes instead to concentrate on strategic and strategic-tactical planning and development of programmes for forest regions and forest estates.

The objective of this study is the vegetation dynamics of oak (Quercus petraea agg.) dominated forests in the Pol'ana volcanic massif. Changes in species composition were investigated using two sets of phytosociological releves sampled on the same plots in two periods: 1963-1964 and 2005. However, overall canopy openness increased, mostly light-demanding species decreased. It was caused by occupation of lower tree layers by shade tolerant tree species with dense crown such as Vagus sylvatica and Carpinus betulus. Despite of these local shading effects many canopy gaps still remain with numerous occurrence of heliophytes. The overall diversity of oak forests declined, probably due to the elimination of human caused activities such grazing or raking of litter.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: ENV.2007. | Award Amount: 3.20M | Year: 2009

National Contact Points (NCPs) hold a key role in communication with the European Commission concerning executive matters and the scientific community. The quality of proposals submitted, for example, relies partially on an effective NCP network. This project is a set of coherent activities and tasks that will foster further cooperation between Environment NCPs from EU member States and Associated States. The main goal is to improve the services NCPs offer to potential proposers; within this goal, the integration of Environment NCPs from high potential International Cooperation Countries where NCP or similar networks for dissemination of information on FP7 exist will also be supported. The main outcomes will be: a) strengthened cooperation between NCPs across Europe by setting up new and effective means of communication, b) increased quality of services offered by NCPs to proposers with the aim to increase the number and quality of project proposals submitted in response to FP7 calls for proposal and c) integration of other non-EU NCPs into the EU NCP network in order to increase mutually beneficial research and technological development between Europe and International Partners Cooperation Countries.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2011.1.2-07 | Award Amount: 3.80M | Year: 2012

The sustainable provision of ecosystem services (ES) in and from mountain regions is of crucial importance to an array of stakeholders and society in general, going much beyond the interests of particular landowners in the mountain regions themselves. Mountain ecosystems can only continue to provide all these services in a rapidly changing world if a wide array of ES is considered in forest management at local, landscape and regional scales (multi-functionality). The project builds on seven case study regions in major mountain ranges throughout Europe covering a wide range of forest types, socio-economic conditions and cultural contexts and seeks to develop and evaluate strategies for their multifunctional management considering risks and uncertainty due to changing climatic and socio-economic conditions. The project addresses four main ES: timber production, protection against gravitational natural hazards, the role of forests in climate change mitigation via carbon sequestration as well as bioenergy production, and nature conservation and the maintenance of biodiversity. Non-timber forest products, recreation as well as use of forested landscapes by game and livestock species will be dealt with as well. To analyse conflicts and complementarities among ES from stand to landscape scales, improved models for the assessment and projection of ecosystem services as well as novel planning and decision support tools will be developed together with SMEs and applied in the case study regions. Stakeholder panels in all study regions will inform research activities and contribute to the development of improved mountain forest management approaches. SME partners play a key role in the development of new planning tools. Ultimately, ARANGE will translate project findings on the efficient provision of multiple ES from mountain forests into decision support for policy makers and forest practitioners, so as to improve the robustness of planning tools in real-world decision making.

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