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Varovalni gozdovi: razvojne zakonitosti, ocena tveganja, usklajevanje gojenja gozdov in tehnologij izkoriščanja (Slovene)

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.01  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Forest - forestry 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  29881  Tomaž Adamič    Technician  2009 - 2012  32 
2.  10801  PhD Andrej Bončina  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  500 
3.  11253  PhD Jurij Diaci  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2009 - 2012  698 
4.  29426  PhD Dejan Firm  Biotechnical sciences  Junior researcher  2009 - 2012  57 
5.  28501  PhD Matija Klopčič  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2009 - 2012  153 
6.  08157  PhD Boštjan Košir  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  389 
7.  27544  PhD Thomas Andrew Nagel  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2009 - 2012  213 
8.  25666  PhD Aleš Poljanec  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  223 
9.  24368  PhD Andrej Rozman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2009 - 2012  107 
10.  21043  PhD Dušan Roženbergar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2009 - 2012  217 
11.  30432  Tihomir Rugani    Technician  2009 - 2012  36 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,118 
Significance for science
Knowledge of forest functioning, particularly as a factor in protection from natural hazards, is insufficient in Slovenia. Thus far, our analysis identified the position and condition of these forests. Results are crucial for the use of adapted delineation of forests with direct protection function. With this approach our current status is closer with the trends in other alpine countries, which already use modern approaches in practice. Employment of modern GIS tools and simulation models is necessary for more objective assessment of protective effects of forests today and in the future. In this research we acknowledge the necessity of adapted technics of protection forest silviculture, which will be upgraded with long term forest development and protection efficiency on several research objects. For the upgrade and improvement of forest planning and management, we suggested adaptation of forest development planning and linking small and large scale forest management planning. Our studies focus on beech dominated forests, where protection efficiency has not been sufficiently evaluated; therefore our study fills and important gap in the international literature on this topic. The ‘’gap type cutting’’ represents an original approach to management in protection forests with broadleaves. With this good practice we enabled the development of cable crane management, which has a long history in Slovenia. Its adapted utilization must be based on new technology implementation, ecological sustainability, and economic viability. Different research profiles have been included in the research cooperation. Researchers from the field of geology, geography, civil engineering and torrent management have been included in the project. Torrent management in particular has a long and rich history in Slovenia, but the development and collaboration with forestry was recently paused. Joint achievements (research, expert evaluations, methodology development, professional and scientific publications and workshops) will help to bridge the gap between the complementary research sciences in this field. We collaborated with researchers from several alpine countries (Switzerland-BAFU, ETH Zürich, WSL and HAFL Zollikofen, Austria-BOKU Vienna, France- IRSTEA Grenoble, Italy-University of Padua and Turin), which enabled much needed dissemination of knowledge and expertise and will result in potential collaborative research in the future.
Significance for the country
Slovenia is torrent prone country with emphasized erosion processes. Analysis of available data of the endangerment of individual infrastructural objects from natural hazards showed that no integral impact assessment of natural hazards on different infrastructural and other objects has been done. Furthermore, the role of forests that provide a protection function has not been evaluated yet. Aging of forests with direct and indirect protection functions caused by (non)management practices calls for urgent cooperation between research institutions in this field. The public forest service has instruments for managing these forests, although further development depends on new knowledge and new research findings. Our work showed the necessity of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to this problem. A good example is Switzerland, where several projects have been used for development of management strategies in protection forests (project NaiS 2005) and the criteria for delineation of forests which provide protection from various natural hazards have been determined (project SilvaProtectCH). Similar goals, adapted to Slovenian conditions, have been set in this pioneer project too. Before any deforestation (e.g. infrastructure building) in mountainous areas is executed, assessment of natural hazards and forest protection efficiency is needed. Collaboration of various experts in the field of spatial planning is essential. Ownership of direct protection forests is dominated by private owners, a situation that can present a significant challenge when silvicultural measures are needed and their implementation is dangerous. Because of unfavorable economic outcomes, state ownership of forests that have important ecological and social functions is preferable. For the protection of state and municipal roads and railways, collaboration with their managers is reasonable. Because of the public interest, permanent financing for silvicultural measures, wood extraction, and maintenance/construction of existing and new technical objects should be ensured. Indeed, prevention measures are typically cheaper than restoration of unfavorable consequences. The model of integral mitigation of natural hazards includes all measures in all phases: prevention of natural hazards, mitigation of natural hazards (to be ready and intervene) and restoration of natural hazards. These measures can contribute to minimize negative or unfavorable effects of natural hazards. In this context direct protection forest management can be seen as a part of prevention of hazards, their mitigation, and decrease of damage effect. Therefore, goal oriented direct protection forest management (in sense of optimizing their protection effect) represents both passive and active prevention approach, because it decreases potential damage (decrease of endangerment) and has an influence on natural processes (decreases intensity and frequency of erosion processes). Natural hazards affect the individual, economy and society as a whole, so it is in the public interest to avoid them in advance. For this reason forest protection effects can help us.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2010, 2011, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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