von März 1998 bis Februar 2000
Bearbeitung/Kontakt: Klaus Halbritter
Larsson T.-B. (coord.), Angelstam, Balent, Barbati, Bijlsma, Boncina, Bradshaw, Bücking, Ciancio, Corona, Diaci, Dias, Ellenberg, Fernandes, Fernandez-Gonzalez, Ferris, Frank, Friis-Möller, Giller, Gustafsson, Halbritter, Hall, Hansson, Innes, Jactel, Dobbertin, Klein, Marchetti, Mohren, Niemelä, Sjöberg, Spanos I., Spanos K., Standovar, Svensson, Tømmerås, Trakolis, Uuttera, van den Meerschaut, Vandekerkhove, Walsh, Watt (2001): Biodiversity Evaluation Tools for European forests. Ecological Bulletins No. 50. Blackwell Science. Oxford. ISBN 87-16-16434-2, 237 S.
The main aim of this Concerted Action was to concert a working group of 26 researchers of eighteen European countries to draw together their experience in formulating an integrated system of indicators of forest biodiversity that are applicable over a wide range of European biogeographic regions, and at the national/regional, landscape and stand level. Specific objectives were:
1. Analysis of important forest types in the six major European Biogeographic regions with respect to the structure and function of major forest types in order to identify key parameters of, and determining, biodiversity.
2. Harmonize the systems for the analysed forest types into a pan-European forest biodiversity indicator system consistently adapted to the national level, the landscape level and the stand level.
3. Develop assessment methodologies for indicators by agreed and standardised techniques.
4. Having a dialogue on feasibility and communication of the results to end-users, establishing a specific user-panel.
5. Synthesising the results into Biodiversity Evaluation Tools (BETs) defined as the combination of biodiversity indicators and the standardised methodology needed to apply them.
The project results were continuously disseminated in newsletters and the web. The final conclusions appeared in reports giving the framework for the use of BETs for forests in Europe, including a report specifically directed to the Helsinki process, and were presented at a final meeting in Brussels.