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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2022-02-28

The Forest - Hunting Dialog in Austria was founded in 2012 with the idea to improve the interaction between hunters and forester so that the browsing and bark peeling impacts due to too high deer populations are reduced. Three working groups work on different aspects in preventing deer damage. Working group 1 deals with legal implications, Working group 2 addresses monitoring problems and strategies to enhance the documentation of the different deer damage counting systems, Working group 3 is related to public relation activities and public perception to enhance the public awareness of deer damage within Austrian forests.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-12-01 - 2025-02-28

The dissemination of forest research results is an important part within Science. The Austrian Journal of Forest Science (Centrallatt für das gesamte Forstwesen) is the most important forest science journal in Austria. It is also one of the oldest forestry journals in the world. The purpose of this activity is to establish the journal as on online open source journal to enhance the distribution.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-12-15 - 2019-12-14

Climate change will increase risks for the provision of forest products and services. Enhancing forest resilience thus becomes a key objective for adapting forests to climate change. To achieve this objective, researchers, policy-makers and managers must UNDERSTAND the mechanisms underlying forest resilience to climate change, and how they are influenced by forest management; ASSESS management options and their implications for ecosystem services in different European regions and under different environmental conditions; and ENHANCE the science-policy-practice interface to ensure that research results are informative for management and policy decisions. Building on prior and on-going EU projects, REFORCE addresses these problems by: - developing recommendations for operational forest resilience measures in multifunctional forestry - mapping the resilience of forest productivity to climatic events across Europe and North-East Canada with remote sensing at a variety of scales, and identifying gradients of resilience within and between regions - analysing ecological mechanisms of forest resilience that can be influenced by management on short- (e.g. thinning and drought resistance) and long (demographic processes) time scales, with mechanistic and empirical models informed by monitoring data - evaluating approaches to managing resilience, including the risk reduction potential of coordinated risk management in multi-owner landscapes using mechanistic forest models and economic analyses - fostering the implementation of resilience management by co-developing management alternatives with local stakeholders in different regions and by developing strategies for efficient communication between scientists and decision makers. As a result, REFORCE will develop and evaluate regionally-adapted, climate-resilient and risk-aware management regimes for multifunctional forestry.

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