LIFE for MIRES: Trans-boundary restoration of mires for biodiversity and landscape hydrology in Sumava and Bavaria Forest

01.08.2018

Urbanová Zuzana, Department of Ecosystem Biology
01 Aug 2018 – 31 Dec 2024
EC, Program LIFE


LIFE for MIRES (LIFE17 NAT/CZ/000452 LIFE for MIRES)
Title CZ: Přeshraniční revitalizace rašelinišť na podporu biodiverzity a vodního režimu na Šumavě a v Bavorském lese
Title EN: Trans-boundary restoration of mires for biodiversity and landscape hydrology in Sumava and Bavaria Forest
Coordinator: Správa národního parku Šumava
Partners: BUND Naturschutz in Bayern e.V., Správa národního parku Bavorský les, Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích
PI: Urbanová Zuzana, Department of Ecosystem Biology
Implementation: 01 Aug 2018 – 31 Dec 2024
Budget: 5 853 160 EUR (project) / 204 616 EUR (SCI)
Provider: EC LIFE

http://life.npsumava.cz/ 

Abstract

Restoration of wetland habitats is one of the potential ways to mitigate the consequences of climatic change. Many wetlands, primarily the peat bogs in Šumava (Bohemian Forest), are islands of biological diversity, where countless numbers of rare plant and animal species live in their natural environment. Wetlands play an irreplaceable role in landscape hydrology and the water cycle, having favourable effects on the local climate. Water, however, has petered out to a great extent from the landscape after centuries of intensive human activities; mires were drained and converted to cultivated land. Nowadays, drought has become a serious problem, and therefore it is necessary to address the rectification and restoration of the landscape’s natural hydrological regime. This was behind the conception of the project “LIFE for MIRES”, which returns water to places where it had been from time immemorial, forming the surrounding environment.

Objectives

  • Restoration and improvement of natural state of various types of wetlands covering an area of 2059 ha.
  • Improvement of habitats of the rare bird species Tetrao tetrix.
  • Increase of public awareness and support of key land owners to restore mires and landscape hydrology.
  • Innovations in the monitoring of the effects of restorations on the water quality, flow conditions, vegetation, groundwater level, and soil humidity.
  • Development of methods to monitor the possible effects of restoration to mitigate the consequences of climatic change.
  • Direct public involvement in the restoration of peat bogs, and the development of demonstration facilities revitalised near human settlements.
  • Sharing and presentation of expertise and experience gained in the restoration of peat bogs and landscape hydrology.

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