The international consortium of 13 institutions has received funding to launch „Restoring degraded eco-systems along the Green Belt to improve and enhance biodiversity and ecological connectivity” project. The aim of the project is to develop international solutions to improve the protection of species and support the preservation of habitats along the European Green Belt.
The European Green Belt is a pan-European, unique network of valuable natural habitats and protected areas, forming the central element of the Trans-European Green Infrastructure (TEN-G). The developed solutions will be based on innovative geoinformation systems (satellite data) and data processing, as well as the use of spatial information in nature conservation planning.
Dr Eng. Jakub Skorupski (Institute of Marine and Environmental Sciences) is a project coordinator in Poland, and Assoc. Prof. Eng. Przemysław Śmietana, Prof. of the University of Szczecin (Institute of Marine and Environmental Sciences) represents our University in the consortium. In Poland, the project will focus on developing tools to support conservation biology in the field of restitution of endangered species – European bison, Eurasian lynx, noble crayfish and European mink, tracking the dispersion paths of selected alien invasive species and protecting endangered natural habitats of the South Baltic Coast and South Baltic Lake Districts.
The project consortium: University of Szczecin, Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e.V. (Germany), University of Vienna (Austria), Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Fichtelgebirge National Park (Germany), Thayatal National Park(Austria), Podyji National park (Czech Republic), the municipality of Staranzano (Italy), Federacja Zielonych “GAJA” Association (Poland), DOPPS – BirdLife Slovenia (Slovenia), Ametyst Association (Czech Republic), Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Horticulture (Czech Republic) and BSC – Business Support Organisation Kranj Ltd. (Slovenia).