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Wald mit mehreren Douglasien

Correctly assessing non-native tree species in the Alpine region - ALPTREES Project

Robinia, Douglas fir and red oak were introduced to Europe several hundred years ago and are among the 530 tree species that are non-native to Europe. The international ALPTREES project has developed a risk assessment system for this purpose and published manuals on the management of non-native tree species in forests and urban areas.

Department for Forest Biodiversity & Nature Conservation
Aufsicht auf eine Berglandschaft mit vielen gefallenen Bäumen

Transboundary Storm Risk and Impact Assessment in Alpine Regions - TRANS-ALP Project

In the framework of the UCPM project TRANS-ALP institutions from Italy and Austria are working together to improve the impact prediction of storm events for the area Trentino-Alto Adige/South Tyrol, Veneto as well as East Tyrol and the respective bordering regions.

Department for Natural Hazards

Stepping stone biotopes for the promotion of biodiversity in the forest - Waldfonds project ConnectPLUS

The ConnectPLUS project funded by Waldfonds serves to preserve, improve, and restore stepping stone biotope areas that are valuable for nature conservation. These serve as reproduction or retreat sites for species to be protected.

Department for Forest Biodiversity & Nature Conservation
Lila Akeleie von oben fotografiert

WaldBIOLOG – Biodiversity in Austrian Forests under Climate Change - Project

Within the project WaldBIOLOG the status, as well as the identification of trends of the Austrian forest biodiversity in climate change will be assessed. This will be done by recalculating the forest biodiversity index.

Department for Forest Biodiversity & Nature Conservation
Feuersalamander im Wald

Salamander – Systematically assessing, communicating and promoting the biodiversity of Austrian forests - Project

The Salamander project serves to conserve and protect threatened species in forest ecosystems by strengthening knowledge transfer and implementing biodiversity conservation measures in sustainable forest management.

Department for Forest Biodiversity & Nature Conservation
Laubholzwald mit einem rot markierten Baumstamm rechts

Evidence-based cultivation recommendations in climate change - Research project

Research cooperation for the realization of sustainable and climate-adapted forest conversion.

Department for Forest Growth, Silviculture & Genetics

Project TEACHER-CE joins efforts to increase the adaptation of water management to climate change - Interreg

The Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW) is therefore working together with 11 partners in the new INTERREG project TEACHER-CE to adapt water management to climate change in Central Europe.

Department for Forest Growth, Silviculture & Genetics
Ansicht eines Hochgebirges

Climate change adaptation: Opportunities and risks of non-native tree species - Nature conservation

How individual non-native tree species will perform in the Austrian forests in the future will be investigated using, among other things, climate envelope models and in-situ surveys on selected plots.

Unit for Forest Biodiversity

BFW supporting a harmonized assessment of forest availability for wood supply in Europe - USEWOOD

A new definition on forests available for wood supply has been found! BFW together with partner institutions recently published a paper on this topic.

Unit for Inventory Design & Analysis
Runoff in the mountain region

Code of Practice for the Assessment of Surface Runoff Coefficients - Compendium

The first BFW “Code of Practice for the Assessment of Surface Runoff Coefficients for Alpine Soil/Vegetation Complexes in Torrential Rain” has been published in 2004 (in German language). The Interreg-South East Europe-Project CC-WaterS offered the opportunity to integrate some new findings in experimental runoff research and to release a report in English language in 2011. […]

Unit for Torrent Processes & Hydrology
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PARAmount: Interpretation of an Expert Survey by BFW - Questionnaire

Within the framework of the project PARAmount a Communication and Decision Support Tool (CDT) was developed, as a contribution to the highly emotional discussion about natural hazard management. Basic information was collected by means of an online survey in which respondents were asked to rate the importance of individual parameters for different process types. More […]

Katharina Lapin is the new head of the Department for Forest Biodiversity and Nature Conservation - New Department

The Federal Forest Research Center (BFW) has a new Department for Forest Biodiversity and Nature Conservation starting in 2021, and its head will be the respected scientist Dr. Katharina Lapin as of February 1, 2021.

Department for Forest Biodiversity & Nature Conservation