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DRIVING FORCES AND LIMITING FACTORS IN LONG-TERM DYNAMICS OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS ON SANDY SOILS

Objective

TO GET INSIGHT IN DRIVING FORCES AND LIMITING FACTORS AFFECTING THE LONG TERM DYNAMICS OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS IN EUROPE.

THE GENERAL AIM OF THIS PROJECT IS TO GET INSIGHT IN DRIVING FORCES AND LIMITING FACTORS AFFECTING THE LONG TERM DYNAMICS OF FOREST ECOSYSTEMS IN EUROPE.

THE RESEARCH IS FOCUSED ON ECOSYSTEMS ON SANDY SOILS WHICH COVER CONSIDERABLE AREA IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES OF THE EC.

RESEARCH ON THEIR DYNAMICS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY PRODUCE MUCH BASIC SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION, NECESSARY TO UNDERSTAND HOW THESE ECOSYSTEMS FUNCTION. THIS INFORMATION SHOULD REPLACE THE EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE UPON WHICH THE TRADITIONAL MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS AND NATURE RESERVES ARE BASED.

IT CAN BE EXPECTED THAT, BASED ON THE MODEL FOR FOREST SUCCESSION, MODELS FOR RATIONAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES CAN BE DERIVED, INVOLVING DIFFERENT KINDS OF MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES AND CORRESPONDING POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE FEEDBACK MECHANISMS.

THE PROPOSED RESEARCH PROGRAMME HAS BEEN REDUCED TO A PILOT STUDY. THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY WILL OFFER THE THEORETICAL BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH METHODS ESSENTIAL FOR FUTURE STUDY OF ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION ON OTHER HABITATS AND UNDER SPECIFIC SITUATIONS.

THIS PROJECT HAS CONSIDERABLE INTEREST FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY BECAUSE IT IS OF NATURE TO GENERATE BASIC SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION NEEDED TO PROTECTING AND MANAGING FOREST AND NATURAL RESERVES.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITY GOETTINGEN
Address
Grisebachstrasse 6
37077 Goettingen
Germany

Participants (1)

GENT UNIVERSITY
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent