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BOTTOMS-UP: Biodiversity of Temperate Forest Taxa to Orient Management Sustainability by Unifying Perspectives

Murat Sarginci1, Péter Ódor2, Inken Doerfler3, Thomas Nagel4, Yoan Paillet5, Tommaso Sitzia6, Flóra Tinya2, Admir Avdagić7, Julie Ballweg8, and the COST Action CA18207*
Murat Sarginci et al.
  • 1Duzce University, Faculty of Forestry, Department of Forest Engineering, Duzce, Turkey (
  • 2MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Hungary
  • 3Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany
  • 4University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 5IRSTEA, France
  • 6Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
  • 7University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Forestry
  • 8School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

Forests provide essential economic, social, cultural and environmental services. To be able to maintain the provision of these services, sustainable forest management (SFM) is a vital obligation. The maintenance of biodiversity, ranging from gene to ecosystem levels, is essential for functions and associated services, and it is one of the most important criterion for assessing sustainability in the Pan-European region. 
Currently, the majority of SFM Criteria and Indicators focuses on attributes relative to tree species or to the whole forest. With reference to biodiversity conservation, this means that the collected information cannot fully assess whether forests are being managed sustainably. To understand the drivers of forest biodiversity and drive sustainable management, several taxonomic groups should be investigated, since they may respond differently to the same environmental pressures. However, up to now, broad multi-taxonomic analyses were mainly performed through reviews and meta-analyses which limit our holistic understanding on the effects of forest management on different facets of biodiversity. Recently, several research institutions took up the challenge of multi-taxonomic field sampling. These local efforts, however, have limited extrapolation power to infer trends at the European scale. It is high time to share, standardize and use existing multi-taxon data through a common platform to inform sound management and political decisions. Biodiversity indicators have also some potential to be used in evaluation of impact of forest management on soils and surface waters in terms of naturalness, degradation and reclamation.
We present the COST Action CA18207 “Biodiversity of Temperate forest Taxa Orienting Management Sustainability by Unifying Perspectives” (Bottoms-Up). It will gather the most comprehensive knowledge of European multitaxonomic forest biodiversity through the synergy of research groups that collected data locally in more than 2200 sampling units across approximately 300 sites covering nine different European forest types. For each sampling unit, information will be available on at least three taxonomic groups (vascular plants, fungi, lichens, birds and saproxylic beetles being the most represented) and on live stand structure and deadwood. Multi-taxon biodiversity will be associated with: (i) information on forest management based on observational studies at the coarse scale, and (ii) structural data deriving from forest manipulation experiments at the fine scale. 

Specific objectives are:
• Developing a standardized platform of multi-taxon data;
• Establishing a network of forest sites with baseline information for future monitoring;
• Designing shared protocols for multi-taxon sampling;
• Assessing the relationships between multi-taxon biodiversity, structure and management;
• Creating a coordinated network of forest manipulation experiments;
• Evaluating indicators and thresholds of sustainability directly tested on biodiversity;
• Developing management guidelines defining sustainable management to be applied in forest certification and within protected areas.

The Action involves about 80 researchers and stakeholders from 29 countries and represents an outstanding opportunity to develop a strong network of collaboration for standardized broad-scale multitaxon studies in Europe.

Keywords:  Multi-taxon, Pan-European region, Sustainable Forest Management. 


COST Action CA18207:

Rafael Barreto De Andrade9, Zbigniew Borowski10, Gediminas Brazaitis11, Andrés Bravo-Oviedo12, Alessandro Campanaro13, Francesco Chianucci13, Michał Ciach14, Dimitris Fotakis15, Maria Glushkova16, Yasar Selman Gultekin1, Philippe Janssen5, Sebastian Kepfer-Rojas17, Thibault Lachat 18-19, Asko Lõhmus20, Joerg Mueller21, Juri Nascimbene22, Björn Nordén23, Johannes Penner24, Liina Remm20, Jozef Šibík25, Ilse Storch24, Miroslav Svoboda26, Giovanni Trentanovi6, Mariana Ujházyová27, Kris Vandekerkhove28, Kiril Vassilev29, Sabina Burrascano30; 9. University of Maryland, USA 10. Forest Research Institute, Poland 11. Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Forest Science and Ecology, Lithuania 12. Department of Biogeography and Global Change National Museum of Natural Sciences-Spanish National Research Council 13. CREA – Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, Arezzo, Italy 14. Department of Forest Biodiversity, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland 15. Hellenic Agricultural Organisation, Greece 16. Forest Research Institute – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria 17. University of Copenhagen, Denmark  18. Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland 19. Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland 20. University of Tartu, Estonia 21. University of Würzburg, Germany 22. University of Bologna, Italy 23. Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Oslo 24. University of Freiburg, Germany 25. Plant Science & Biodiversity Center, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia 26. Czech University of Life Sciences 27. Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia 28. INBO, Belgium 29. Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Science 30. Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

How to cite: Sarginci, M., Ódor, P., Doerfler, I., Nagel, T., Paillet, Y., Sitzia, T., Tinya, F., Avdagić, A., and Ballweg, J. and the COST Action CA18207: BOTTOMS-UP: Biodiversity of Temperate Forest Taxa to Orient Management Sustainability by Unifying Perspectives, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-10625,, 2020

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