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NatWALD – Identification, selection, establishment & monitoring of new natural forest reserves - Project NatWALD

Natural forest reserves (NFR) have gained political and social importance due to current challenges related to climate change and the biodiversity crisis. The aim of the NatWALD project is to expand the existing network by setting up 15 new NFRs (approx. 500 ha) with a contract period of 20 years.

Unit for Natural Forest Reserves
Ein Löschhubschrauber fliegt über einem Wald und löscht einen Brand.

Research group investigates the behaviour of forest fires - Project EMERGE

Forest fires have so far been a marginal topic in Austria, but in the future an increase in such events is expected. A group of researchers is currently investigating how the behaviour of fires in forests can be better assessed.

Unit for Remote Sensing
Man sieht durch den Sucher einer Kamera Waldarbeiter im Wald

Forestry training goes digital - Project 2ForT

Forestry is very much practice-oriented, so the digital paths in education are not yet very developed. The project 2ForT wants to change this circumstance.

Gruppenfoto der Teilnehmer:Innen in einer Halle vor einem großen Weihnachtsbaum

OptFORESTS project to enhance diversity and resilience of future European forests - Project OptFORESTS

The 5-year project aims to support the protection and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe in the face of environmental and societal challenges.

Unit for Ecological Genetics

A red-hot future for Austria’s forests - Project Austria Fire Futures

In the future, the risk of forest fire will be a permanent threat of summer in Austria as well. How we can better deal with it is being researched in the Austria Fire Futures project.

Unit for Remote Sensing
Harvester im Einsatz

Better harvesting with the right technology - Project HOBO

Mechanised forestry makes management much easier, but not every harvesting method is suitable for all sites. The HOBO project makes the various possibilities and their aptitudes visible.

Unit for Soil Ecology

Conserving forest biodiversity through habitat connectivity - Stepping stones

The ConnectForestBiodiversity project makes an important contribution to the conservation and enhancement of habitat connectivity through the establishment and setting aside from management of habitat patches in forests.

Unit for Forest Biodiversity
Wald in Serbien

Twinning Serbia - Improvement of forest management in Serbia as a contribution to climate change adaptation and mitigation

In 2013 the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the EU and the Republic of Serbia entered into force. Article 1 Section 2 (d) of the SAA states that the aim of the Association established is "to support the efforts of Serbia to develop its economic and international cooperation, including through the approximation of its legislation to that of the Community".

Unit for Forest Society & International Relations
Fortification complex Altfinstermünz near Nauders (Picture: Franz Geiger, Wikimedia, CC)

Cultural Heritage. Risks and Securing activities - Risk assessment

CHEERS is a European project concerning the protection of cultural heritage exposed to environmental risks (natural disasters, climate change, etc.).

Unit for Climate Impact Research Coordination

Video: Impact of Climate Change in Africa - Multimedia

Burkina Faso, situated in the west of Africa, experiences a tropical climate depending on its geographical location. The rainy season lasts for almost two to five months and is a major driver of its floristic and vegetational characteristics of the region. The typical park landscapes i.e. cultivated landscapes created for agroforestry practices are exposed to […]

Department for Forest Biodiversity & Nature Conservation
Forschungsteam, bestehend aus 10 Personen, stehen im Wald

Soil Warming Experiment Achenkirch - Long term experiment

The project investigates how global warming affects forest soil processes. A special focus lies on soil carbon. Forest soil store huge amounts of organic carbon which could be released into the atmosphere. Decomposer microbes mineralize dead organic matter such as leave and root litter and thereby release important nutrients for plant growth. A share of […]

Unit for Climate Impact Research Coordination
Meassurement of diameter

Information for Europe’s bioeconomy - Forest inventory

Comprehensive information on forest ecosystems and landscape changes are collected through national forest inventories. More efforts are needed to harmonise the data to make it comparable and easy to access. The project DIABOLO tackles Europe’s social, ecological and economic challenge, by providing such a platform of exchange. The increasing competition for forest resources will necessitate […]

Unit for Inventory Design & Analysis