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FOREST AND BIODIVERSITY MAPPING OF WORLD HERTITAGE SITE BIALOWIEZA FOREST

 

 

Bialowieza primeval forest is the only fragment of natural deciduous and mixed forest in the European lowland. The forest has an outstanding biological value and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

 

By the use of Landsat TM data a methodology was developed to separate various types of old forest stands and by the use of biodiversity filters and the forest administrative grid forest of high conservation value was found in the production forest. The methodology has later been used under a GMES service element for a national mapping of old forest in Denmark.

 

 

Plotting of woodpeckers with preferred habitats of high content of dead wood showed a clear co-occurrence with forest compartments with high diversity of old forests. 

The result is now used for planning of protected areas and is used for further modelling of biodiversity within the forest. The experience from this ground-breaking study is now used in other countries to map forest of conservation priority.

 Client: Birdlife Denmark / Aage V. Jensen Foundation

 

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