Institute of Botany
of the Czech Academy of Sciences
the largest centre of botanical research in the Czech Republic
LIFE South Moravia
||LIFE South Moravia
Pánková Hana (head – principal researcher)
||The main objective of the LIFE SouthMoravia project is to improve the conservation status of five priority habitats of the Habitats Directive, namely, Sub-Pannonic steppic grasslands, Pannonic loess steppic grasslands, Pannonian woods with Quercus pubescens, Euro-Siberian steppic woods with Quercus spp., and Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia), including the non-priority version of this last habitat without important orchid sites,, at the northern edge of the Pannonian bioregion and in one case in the Continental bioregion. The project will build on previous work, but at larger scale and with improved approaches involving grazing and eco-tourism to make the outcomes more sustainable. A fundamental objective is to develop a comprehensive and sustainable system of habitat management through the reintroduction of traditional farming practices (e.g. grazing and mowing) at the lowest possible cost.
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