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  • Ministry of Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas

The Ministry is the contracting authority of our group to conduct the intensive Monitoring on Forests on the Level I-plot of ICP-Forests in the state of Schleswig-Holstein.

  • Level II program of ICP-Forests

Intensive monitoring is used as a tool for a deeper understanding of the properties of forest ecosystems and cause-effect relationship between loads (stress) and possible responses (strain) by change of structure and function.

  • ICP-Forests

International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests.  ICP Forests was established in 1985 under the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) of of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)) of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE). Our group is involved in discussions of the Expert Panel and is regularly mandated to represent the interest of the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture (BMVEL) Expert Panel on Deposition in the Expert Panel of Deposition. In addition, there is the obligation to participate in activities relating to data quality assurance and control.

  • Futmon

Life + co-funded project "Further Development and Implementation of an EU-level Forest Monitoring System for the period from Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2010 but the project has been prolonged until 30th June 2011. The project's goal is to create a pan-European long-term monitoring system. On behalf of MLUR our group is actively involved in the project.

  • Life +

A Financial Instrument for the Environment, Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 provides for the possibility of carrying out FutMon.

  • vTI, Institute for World Forestry

The Institute is transmitted the coordination of the ICP Forests (Program Coordinating Centre, PCC). At the same time the Institute has been in task applying for financing FutMon and as promoter responsible for the project implementation which regionally is obliged to the national ministries of subcontractors in the case of FutMon. In Germany the activities of ICP-Forests are co-ordinated by the regional ministries and Forest Research Institute.


  • Federal states meetings for the implementation of the national Forest Monitoring

Together with the MLUR our group participate in the meetings organized by BMELV depending on demand. The BMELV is also Nation Focal Centre of ICP Forests in Germany. The sessions deal with the integration of national activities such as for example the National Forest Inventory, monitoring the status of forests and the national soil inventory.

  • Expert Committee for Forest Analyses

The laboratory director who belongs to our group is an appointed member of the committee in task of BMVEL. The Committee is concerned with the method documentation for chemical and physical analyses in the forestry sector and editor of the manual of forest analytics (HFA). Other duties of the committee are promoting data quality and quality control measures of the German laboratories conducting the chemical analyses for the monitoring. Here is a close collaboration with the ICP-Forests.

  •  LTER-D

Long-term Ecological Research Network is a platform for cooperation in the long term, system-oriented environmental monitoring in Germany. Our group is an accredited member and currently provides the Scientific Secretary and facilities in our research area Lake Belau which is an accredited LTER-D site

  • ILTER, LTER-Europe

ILTER and its regional parts (e.g. LTER-Europe) is a world-wide, international network of scientific interest in long-term ecosystem research that encompasses has 40 individual members. LTER-D is one of them

  • ENVeurope

LIFE+ funded project (2010-13), which deals with environmental quality, pollution and monitoring. As part of LTER-D, our group is cooperating in the work package 2 (parameters and method of elaboration).  The perspective is proceeding towards an optimized network based on selected research platforms which complies with the European scale of environments with special regard on ecologic and economic and in compliance with networks  already existent. The task of our group is to develop proposals for ecosystem indicators and to review the scope for the valuation of ecosystem services.