The aim of the project is to help the regeneration of oak forests, the biodiversity of which decreased significantly due to intense human use, as well as to restore diverse forest structures, the aboriginal species makeup, and microhabitats.
Due to intense human use, biodiversity in oak forests decreases. With the help of the Life4Oak Forests project, we aim to reverse this process through conservationist forest management intervention. The aim of the project is to help the regeneration of forests and to restore diverse forest structures, the aboriginal species makeup, and microhabitats. As a result, the population of protected forest mammals, birds, insects, plants, and fungi is preserved and increased.
Over the course of the 10-year project, we plan to carry out unified conservationist forest management activities that contribute to oak forests becoming more natural and therefore healthier. The changes in terms of forest structure and makeup caused by our intervention will be followed up on and evaluated with scientific methods. Our examinations will involve vegetation, microhabitats, and certain animal species and groups that can be characterised as “umbrella species”. Our aim is that, with the experiences gained, we can come up with advice that can be widely used to help conservationist forest management in oak forests, or even when it comes to forestry.
The Life4Oak Forests project is a part of the LIFE Nature program, and it is realised with funding from the European Union and co-funding from the Ministry of Agriculture. The partners include the Bükk, Duna-Ipoly, and Balaton Uplands National Park Directorates, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ Centre for Ecological Research, WWF Hungary, the Érmellék Nature Conservation and Tourism Association, as well as the Italian Ente di gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversita-Romagna nature conservation directorate.