Conservation management tools for increasing structural and compositional biodiversity in Natura2000 oak forests
This project aims
- to identify the natural oak forest conditions that should be the target of the nature conservation management as there is no natural oak forest left in Hungary and Italy.
- To increase the biodiversity of EU priority oak forests (*91AA, *91G0, *91H0, *91I0) & 91M0 in the National Parks' managed protected Natura 2000 sites. In Hungary approx. 1555 ha and in Italy approx. 511 ha will be restored by the project and will provide guidance for another 21 500 ha peotected oak forests in Natura 2000 areas in Hungary and another 180500 ha in Italy.
- The suppression of invasive species. In Hungary about 50 ha, in Italy about 30 ha invasive species will be eliminated and the areas will be converted back to oak forests.
- To demonstrate the best practices of the oak forests nature conservation management. Altogether there are nearly 21 500 ha protected oak forests managed by the national parks in Natura 2000 areas in Hungary and about 180 500 ha in Italy, and the project will demonstrate for the nature conservation managers of those areas the best practice how to manage them.
- To increase the public awareness about the importance of the forests' biodiversity. Although the forestry is not an economic issue in Hungary but until now the economic importance was mainly communicated.