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G4B - Grasslands for biodiversity: supporting the protection of the biodiversity-rich grasslands and related management practices in the Alps and Carpathians
Duration: 1. 4. 2023 - 31. 3. 2026
Evidence number: Biodiversa2021-532
Program: Multilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Pazúr Róbert, PhD.
SAS cosolvers: Mgr. Goga Tomáš, PhD., Mgr. Opravil Šimon, Mgr. Pazúrová Zuzana, PhD., Mgr. Šuška Pavel, PhD.
Annotation: The objectives of the proposed project are (1) to identify diversity-rich grasslands and their distribution in the Alps and Carpathians; (2) to identify diversity-enhancing grassland management practices and their changes and persistence; (3) to identify areas suitable for the expansion of the protected grassland network; and (4) to propose new protected areas and their management in the Alps and Carpathians. In addressing these objectives, we will work with stakeholders to (i) identify effective methods for extrapolating vegetation patterns across mountain ranges; (ii) identify drivers of grassland management and historical influences on grassland diversity; (iii) identify constraints and motivations for biodiversity-supportive management practices; and (iv) provide a scientific basis for expanding the network of protected areas in the Alps and Carpathians.
Partner countries: Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine
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3DForEcoTech - Three-dimensional forest ecosystem monitoring and better understanding by terrestrial-based technologies
Duration: 13. 10. 2021 - 12. 10. 2025
Evidence number: COST Action CA20118
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Rusnák Miloš, PhD.
Annotation: Forest ecosystems across the world are facing high pressures due to climate changes. In many areas, they are in a transition to adopt the changes. However, many are damaged in this process. It is crucial to make forest ecosystems more resistant to face these challenges, through resilience strengthening and close-to-nature forestry. Implementing such approaches and monitoring their progress requires accurate knowledge about forest ecosystems that rely on a forest in situ data at high spatial and temporal resolution.Novel terrestrial-based technologies will play an important part to face these challenges. Such technologies have experienced a fast development in recent years. The forests can now be observed and monitored in a very high spatial and temporal resolution that was not possible even a few years ago. Researchers and practitioners are facing a unique opportunity to deepen the understanding of forest ecosystems and to change the forestry to adopt the climate, environment and industrial changes. Various research groups across EU and beyond are testing such technologies or developing processing algorithms for precision forestry and forest ecology. But further cooperation is strongly required.3DForEcoTech project aims to establish a strong network of scientists and stakeholders (i.e. practitioners) and sensor manufacturers to synchronise the knowledge, to develop general protocols and algorithms for forest ecosystem state survey and forest functioning, and to make these novel technologies available to a broad audience. Specifically, 3DForEcoTech will develop protocols for data acquisition, processing, fusion for forest inventory and ecological applications, and will establish open-data and open-source algorithm databases.
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LAPIA - Land cover change monitoring for identification of potential illegal activities in Slovakia
Duration: 15. 2. 2023 - 14. 8. 2024
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Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Ing. Szatmári Daniel, PhD.
SAS cosolvers: Doc. RNDr. Feranec Ján, DrSc., Mgr. Goga Tomáš, PhD., RNDr. Kopecká Monika, PhD., Ing. Nováček Jozef, Mgr. Opravil Šimon, Mgr. Pazúr Róbert, PhD., Mgr. Rusnák Miloš, PhD.
Annotation: The number of satellite-based remotely sensed datasets available for land cover (LC) change identification has increased markedly since the launch of the first Landsat satellite. Many change detection techniques have been developed and applied during this period to assess LC changes. Human impact on landscape causes categorical changes in its use: change of one type of landscape to another, e. g. arable land to built-up area. As such changes may influence the condition of the landscape, it is important to determine where and to what extent they take place. Legal changes in landscape involve planning and recording in the Land Register, agricultural, forestry or water economic plans. However, the landscape is ever more frequently attacked by illegal human interventions, and their tracking may be difficult because of remoteness, difficult access, etc. Nowadays, various methods of LC change identification are applied. The most progressive ones combine remotely sensed data (optical and radar) with data from environmental databases, thematic maps and field survey. This approach is also suitable for the identification of LC changes caused by illegal human activities in the landscape: (i) illegal dumps; (ii) illegally ploughed protected meadows; (iii) illegal clear-cuts of non-forest tree vegetation in the agricultural landscape.
Partner countries: Slovakia
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TMP4LAPIA - The Third-Party Missions Datasets for Identification of Potential Illegal Activities in Slovakia
Duration: 1. 8. 2023 - 31. 7. 2024
Evidence number: PP0091672
Program: European Space Agency (ESA)
Project leader: Mgr. Goga Tomáš, PhD.
SAS cosolvers: Doc. RNDr. Feranec Ján, DrSc., Mgr. Opravil Šimon, Mgr. Pazúr Róbert, PhD., Mgr. Rusnák Miloš, PhD., Ing. Szatmári Daniel, PhD.


Increasing the capacity of freight transportation infrastructure on EU-Ukraine borders
Duration: 1. 10. 2022 - 31. 3. 2024
Evidence number: 22220189
Program: International Visegrad Fund (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Michniak Daniel, PhD.
Annotation: Increasing the capacity of freight transportation infrastructure will strengthen the EU-Ukraine connectivity. The project provides for a study ofprospects for capacity building of existing border crossing points and opening new ones. It also focuses on the investigation of the potential of existingand planned network of transshipment and multimodal terminals in Ukraine and neighboring EU member states (three of which are countries of the V4region), and on the assessment of prospects for adaptation of the European and Ukrainian freight markets to the requirements of the European GreenDeal.
Partner countries: Hungary, Poland, Romania
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Geotouristic potential of Podtatrze area and the possibilities of its development
Duration: 3. 10. 2022 - 29. 3. 2024
Evidence number: 22220059
Program: International Visegrad Fund (IVF)
Project leader: Mgr. Novotný Ján, PhD.
SAS cosolvers: Mgr. Michniak Daniel, PhD., RNDr. Székely Vladimír, CSc.
Annotation: Podtatrze is a bordering area surrounding the Tatra Mountains, which includes four historical and cultural regions: Podhale, Orava, Liptov and Spiš. This area is also characterized by a long tradition associated with tourism and exploration of the highest mountain range of the Carpathians, which are the Tatra Mountains. However, tourism in this area is primarily based on visiting the most famous and most promoted places, such as Morskie Oko lake, Kasprowy Wierch peak, Kościeliska Valley, Giewont peak, Štrbské pleso lake, Mengusovská Valley, Studenovodské vodopády in the Tatras, Dunajec Gorge, Trzy Korony peak, Sokolica peak in the Pieniny Mountains, Demänovská Valley, Chopok Mountain in the Low Tatras, Suchá Belá Valley, Prielom Hornádu Valley in the Slovak Paradise, therefore the phenomenon of overtourism is observed there. To prevent this from happening, it was decided to present this region as geotouristically attractive and indicate the possibilities of developing this form of tourism as an alternative to the most crowded places.The main goal of the project is to inventory and assess the unique forms of abiotic nature in the area as well as to assess the tourist potential of this area and conduct pilot studies on a purposefully selected group of people deciding about the condition and development of the studied region (representatives of local governments, managers of national parks located in the vicinity of the analyzed area, entrepreneurs providing tourist services) over the possibility of tourist use of previously selected geosites.The added value of this project will be to raise the awareness of tourists and the local community about the responsible use of natural resources and activities for sustainable tourism by involving many social and professional groups, as well as promoting a healthy/sustainable style of tourism based on contact with nature, staying in silence, and not on crowded paths in noise and rubbish.As part of the project, various projects of tourist products (trails, educational paths, guides and applications) will be prepared and tailored to the needs of various age groups (children, adolescents, adults) based on carefully selected geosites depending on the condition and physical capabilities of the recipients, as well as their perception of the transmitted knowledge.According to the concept of UNESCO geoparks, Podtatrze is an area with strictly defined borders, where individual abiotic natural objects and landscapes are of international geological importance, which has already been proven many times in various scientific articles. Therefore, if this area is skilfully managed in accordance with the holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development, it may be included in the UNESCO World Geoparks List, which will undoubtedly be the most significant added value of this project in the future.
Partner countries: Poland, Slovakia
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