The project “Remarkable trees” is dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the old trees of Romania. We refer to these trees as ‘remarkable’, due to their multiple social-ecological functions. Remarkable trees can be found everywhere, from cities to pastures, in old parks and yards and closed forests. Regardless their location, these trees have several cultural, historical values and they are keystone ecosystem structures e.g. by serving habitats for wildlife.
Due to the increasing summer drought in recent years, there is a growing risk in many places in the low mountain ranges that the cultivation of ecologically valuable hillsides will become unprofitable and farmers will give up. As a result, these areas become overgrown and slowly develop into a forest (succession) or are directly reforested. The aim of the project is to develop a future concept for the highly biodiverse hillsides in low mountain ranges. The EvA project is intended to provide an answer to the increasing challenges in the areas of climate change adaptation, environmental protection and economic efficiency.
WERTvoll is a joint research project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and deals with a cooperative land use strategy between the city and the surrounding area. Among other things, it contributes to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and to the conservation of agricultural land with production-integrated compensation (PIK), thus providing healthy, regional food and climate-friendly bioenergy. Here, too, the focus is on the development of modern agroforestry systems on arable land and along water bodies.