The identification of key habitat elements and structures is a crucial pre-requisite for the integration of biodiversity conservation aspects into commercial forest management. Forest managers are often not trained to identify these elements and structures supporting species diversity. They may simply lack the abilities for recognition and assessment or how to consider them both in forestry operations and planning procedures. Recent scientific findings are entering many practical approaches for integrative conservation measures throughout Europe. Such practical approaches accompanied by science represent a pool of good practice examples.
The Marteloscope demonstration sites include selected sites for field visits and excursions for a wider audience, as well as permanent plots based on the French Marteloscope (M-scope) approach. M-scopes are 1 hectare forest plots in which tree measurements and innovative software for hand held devices are linked to provide a framework for in-forest training. That includes for example the marking and selection of trees and identification of habitat structures. Results of the exercise can then be instantly visualised on a tablet computer or laptop in the stand and thus serve as input for stimulating discussions in the field.
See our video on the integrative approach: Wise use of our forests: the integrative approach
Increasingly information is accessed using mobile applications. Such applications can be used for leisure, education or assist users in their daily work. Further such tools allow effective distribution. The ‘Integrate+ tree microhabitat phone App’ was developed as field support for identifying biodiversity relevant tree microhabitat structures. The App content has been taken from the publication ‘Catalogue of tree microhabitats – Reference field list’ and is available in several languages.
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Integrate+ was a demonstration project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) which established a European network of demonstration sites for the integration of biodiversity conservation into forest management. It ran from December 2013 to December 2016 and was built on a partner network from research and practice with a focus on implementation of integrative management and enhancing transnational exchange of experiences.
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