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Indicators of conservation status and measures for sustaining favorable conservation statuses of species and habitat types in the Natura 2000 forestlands

Research activity

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

Code Science Field
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
indicators of conservation status, management measures, forest species, forest habitats, forest habi
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (18)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  33663  Špela Ambrožič Ergaver    Technical associate  2011 - 2014  142 
2.  32095  PhD Dejan Bordjan  Biology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  362 
3.  28895  Danijel Borkovič    Technical associate  2011 - 2014  30 
4.  08032  PhD Miran Čas  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  243 
5.  08376  PhD Igor Dakskobler  Biology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  701 
6.  20691  PhD Petra Grošelj  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2011 - 2014  167 
7.  02491  PhD Maja Jurc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  564 
8.  28001  Andrej Kapla    Technical associate  2011 - 2014  193 
9.  16067  PhD Andrej Kobler  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  289 
10.  05093  PhD Marko Kovač  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Head  2011 - 2014  357 
11.  15108  PhD Lado Kutnar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  801 
12.  29237  PhD Boštjan Mali  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  200 
13.  13256  Roman Pavlin  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  87 
14.  10796  PhD Davorin Tome  Biology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  691 
15.  08056  PhD Branko Vreš  Biology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  399 
16.  21502  PhD Al Vrezec  Biology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  1,038 
17.  07446  PhD Lidija Zadnik-Stirn  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  609 
18.  31293  Jure Žlogar    Technical associate  2011 - 2014  22 
Organisations (4)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0105  National Institute of Biology  Ljubljana  5055784  13,251 
2.  0404  Slovenian Forestry Institute  Ljubljana  5051673000  11,995 
3.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  66,279 
4.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  62,948 
With the adoption of the EU and national Nature conservation legislation (Habitats Directive 1992, Birds Directive 1979, Nature Conservation Act, other Acts and secondary legislation), spatially bound to the Natura 2000 sites and aiming to maintain favorable conservation statuses of species, their natural habitats and habitat types, the role of forest practices in Slovenia changed significantly. Contrary to the recent situation, when forest practice itself acted in a conservational manner, it is now forced to implement many new nature conservation recommendations and restrictions, among which some of them are acceptable and some are not. In the benefit of better implementation of the legislation, favorable development of forest ecosystems and greater objectivity in the enforcement of nature conservation measures, the objectives of this project are: 1) to study the distribution of forest habitat types and natural habitats of selected qualifying plant and animal species, 2) assessment and selection of appropriate indicators to be used in valuing conservation status of habitat types and species along with the determination of their critical values, 3) assessment of impacts of sylvicultural and forest-protection measures on the conservation statuses of qualifying species and the determination of suitable ones, 4) assessment of impacts of infrastructural objects (skidding trails) on the conservation statuses of species; and 5) to prepare good practice guidelines and recommendations for forest owners and governmental agencies. Because of the complexity of the topics, the project is divided into several work-packages. Within the situation analysis (part A), a complete review of existing information and data, concerning habitat types and qualifying plant and animal species, will be made. An inevitable part of this work-package will be a review of potential indicators needed in assessing the conservation status. The methodological work-package (part B) deals with method-searching. The maps of the actual and the potential distributions of habitat types and selected qualifying species will be made. Additionally, the models for valuing their conservation status will also be developed. The models will be created by using modern methods such as GIS tools, GLM (generalized linear models) methods, machine learning models and multi-criteria evaluation methods. A constituent part of this work-package will be the creation of experimental designs, whose results will help infer the magnitudes of impacts of different silvicultural and forest protection measures and infrastructure objects on the conservation statuses of species. The synthesis of results (part C) will contain conclusions and written recommendations for forest owners so as to better manage their forestlands to arrive at the favorable conservation statuses of habitat types and qualifying species. Additionally, guidelines for responsible agencies to better set nature conservation measures will also be made. Along with the recommendations, knowledge transfer will be assured through two active workshops in the field (part D), whose significant attendants will be stakeholders. Because these workshops will address real Natura 2000 problems, the team will demonstrate the participatory decision making and conflict management techniques.
Significance for science
With the results the project will contribute to: 1) improving the knowledge in the field of ecology of forest habitat types and the Natura 2000 qualification species 2) improving the knowledge in regard to the spatial distribution of forest habitat types and selected plant and animal species 3)Development of sampling schemes and protocols for monitoring forest habitat types, flora and fauna 4) Development of methods for an objective assessment of conservation statuses of species
Significance for the country
With the results the project will contribute to: 1) Better knowledge in the ecology of species and development of good practices for management with them. 2) Changing the existing practices in issuing nature conservation allowances by the governmental bodies and in using the precautionary principle 3) Improving and deregulation of legislation
Most important scientific results Annual report 2013, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Final report
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