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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-01-01 - 2019-06-30

BINATS 2 (BIodiversity–NATure–Safety) aims at a further survey of plant and animal diversity in the Austrian agrarian regions (fields and accompanying structures). On altogether 100 test areas which were implemented in BINATS 1, biodiversity was recorded using the indicators habitat structure, vascular plants, grasshoppers, and butterflies in 2007 (50 test areas in maize cultivation areas) and in 2008 (50 in OSR cultivation areas). A monitoring method was developed in charge of the applicant and her at that time collaborating project team (PASCHER et al. 2009a; 2010a,b; 2011a) and implemented. Now, after a period of ten years biodiversity survey should be repeated in 2017 (maize areas) and 2018 (OSR areas). In contrast to the data set of BINATS 1 which enabled a snapshot of species inventory of plants and selected animal groups, BINATS 2 additionally is able to detect and measure biodiversity trends due to the updated data set. Moreover, wild bees are incorporated into the BINATS monitoring design as an additional indicator. Survey of all indicators is carried out following the methodology described in the BINATS filed guide of PASCHER et al. 2009a & 2010b: Module 1: Habitat structures: singular survey Module 2: Vascular plants: two times survey: spring aspect and late summer aspect Module 3: Grasshoppers: singular survey Module 4: Butterflies: singular survey Module 5: Wild bees: incorporation into the BINATS monitoring design: singular survey of all 100 BINATS test areas in spring; additional triple survey of 30 hot spots of the 100 BINATS test areas during the summer Module 6: Data analyses: -Changes in habitat structures -Changes in species number and abundance of BINATS 1 indicators -Biodiversity trends in the Austrian agrarian regions -For the first time a description of the situation of wild bees in the Austrian agrarian region (regional occurrence, species diversity, abundance) -Pointing out habitat structures which are relevant for the wild bee fauna in agrarian regions and their occurrence in different agricultural land use systems -Survey of the occurrence of neophytes and changes in their abundance within a period of ten years (e.g. Ambrosia artemisiifolia) -Calculation of “extinction debt” and development of measures to save declining species in agrarian regions -BINATS 2 provides the basis for a potential detection of specific effects of genetically modified organisms (GMO) because general agrarian trends over several years are documented for the first time -Identification of ecologically sensible areas in connection with GMO in agrarian regions -Documentation of land use change -Environmental trends -Climate change determined with species occurrence considering average annual (monthly) temperatures and precipitations -Visualising effects of the already finished ÖPUL-programs -If already traceable, success control of single selected measures of the recently implemented Agrar‐Umweltförderprogramm
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-11-30 - 2016-12-31

Contract research for UNESCO and the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry in Myanmar for the nomination of the Northern Mountain Forest Complexes (NMFC) as a World Natural Hertiage Site (IUCN) support. To this end, new data is collected, analyzed and published in several research expeditions to Hkakaboprazi and Hponkanrazi NP / WS. The expedition will be added to encounter an international team of researchers.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2015-10-01 - 2015-12-31

Citizen Science is a method where the general public engages in scientific research, often under the guidance of professional scientists or scientific institutions. This method is widespread in many countries like the United States or the United Kingdom and is now gaining ground in the germanspeaking parts of Europe as well. Already there are numerous Citizen Science Projects in Austria (see To foster Citizen Science it is paramount to evaluate the quality of proposed projects. A quality criteria catalogue for Citizen Science project proposals will be established for the area of ecological projects, that will give funding assistance and help evaluate these proposals. For this the catalogue will deal with general aspects of Citizen Science projects, communication and media activities, data quality and open science. A first draft version will be submited to national and international Citizen Science experts for consultation. Their feedback will be incorporated in the final version of the catalogue.

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