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Vegetation Databases and Ecological Restoration

Federal Institute of Hydrology (BFG) in Koblenz, 24–26  February 2014

Since 2001 the German Working Group on Vegetation Databases is dedicated to the development of phytosociological databases. In the face of rampant biodiversity loss, the care for native species and the restoration of communities and ecosystem functions has become an important tool for nature conservation. Interfering with ecological complexity, restoration has to be informed by profound knowledge of species and their interactions in communities. To anticipate actionism, its success has to be carefully measured. Vegetation databases must play a crucial role in the planning, monitoring and readjustment of restoration measures. As comprehensive archives of species co-occurrence vegetation databases allow to define target species and forecast interactions with their competitors and facilitators. For given target species, they allow to identify habitats and communities most suited for re-establishment. Monitoring data stored in databases are readily accessible to statistical analysis of effects and trajectories.

The German working group on vegetation databases has therefore chosen ecological restoration as the focal topic of its 13th workshop to be held at the Federal Institute of Hydrology (BFG) in Koblenz from 24 - 26 February 2014. We invite contributions (talks and posters) demonstrating the successful application of vegetation databases in restoration practice, as well as related theoretical, conceptual and methodological abstracts. As customary, reports and demonstrations of technical advances in vegetation databases and their statistical analysis are also highly welcome. The meeting will complemented by software demonstrations.


Date - 24 February - 26 February 2013

  • Pre-conference workshops: 24 February
  • Conference: Monday 24 February, evening, to Wednesday, 26 February noon

Venue – Federal Institute of Hydrology (Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde), Am Mainzer Tor 1, 56068 Koblenz

Conference Language – English.

Keynotes (click here to read the abstracts)

  • Stephan Hennekens, Alterra - Vegetation, forest and landscape ecology, Wageningen, Netherlands: "Turboveg3: a development towards an improved version?"
  • Dr. J. (Han) Runhaar, Senior Ecohydrologist, KWR Watercycle research institute, Nieuwegein, Netherlands: "Environmental requirements of vegetation types"
  • Miquel De Cáceres, Ph.D., Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Laboratory, Forest Science Center of Catalonia, Spain: "The measurement of structural and compositional differences in vegetation analyses"

Contributions – Both oral and poster presentations are invited.

Software workshop (All available places are assigned!) 

  • R. Bob O'Hara: Hierachical modelling and bayesian statistics

Catering – Refreshments will be provided during the conference breaks. For the evenings, we will arrange joint dinners at restaurants for those who are interested (to be paid individually).

Fees - There is no conference fee. A conference reader is included. Some refreshments during the coffee breaks are sponsored by VegetWeb 2.0.

Registration – An online facility for registration is available on this homepage.

Deadlines for registration and abstract submission: 31. Januar 2014

Contact/Local Organising Committee – If you have any inquiries or want to receive (via e-mail) the first circular and a notification upon availability of the online registration facility, just contact the Local Organising Committee.

Organization - Jörg Ewald (Chair of the Section “Vegetation Databases” within NetPhyD), Peter Horchler (BFG) and Florian Jansen (University of Greifswald).

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