Ecosystem monitoring

Ecosystem monitoring

The state of nature, all its essential parts, and the influence of human activities are recorded within the ecosystem monitoring activities.

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Insect decline is more extensive than suspected

Compared to a decade ago, today the number of insect species on many areas has decreased by about one third. The loss of species mainly affects grasslands in the vicinity of intensively farmed land – but also applies to forests and protected areas.

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The European Wildcat in the Upper Rhine Valley and region Kaiserstuhl

Since 1912, the European Wildcat was considered to be extinct in Baden-Württemberg for almost a century. Then two carcasses were found in the Upper Rhine Valley and genetically identified as pure wildcats. Ever since, continuous evidence of its occurrence has been found.

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Green, amber or red? Species protected by the FFH Habitats Directive in Bavaria

The EU member states are required to monitor the state of the species and habitat types protected under the Habitats Directive regularly. Based on the results of this monitoring, the FFH Habitats Directive Report is published every six years.

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Species diversity identification using forest indicators

Biodiversity can best be defined by using direct surveys of different species. However, can the diversity of vascular plants, mosses and molluscs be recorded indirectly using forest structure and habitat characteristics?

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Forest development in the Swiss National Park

Forests are generally perceived as being static. However, anyone who spends any length of time studying forests will notice that they are actually incredibly dynamic.

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Heading image: Ulrich Wasem