Forest ecosystems provide a variety of different ecosystem services such as carbon storage, erosion control, timber production, climate regulation, tourism, and recreation. Storage of carbon in forest ecosystems represents a cost-efficient way to absorb CO2 from the air and thus counteract climate change. Moreover, forest ecosystems represent an important habitat for a wide variety of species and thus play an important role in the conservation of biodiversity. It is therefore important to record the condition of forest ecosystems in a comprehensible and, above all, comparable manner.
Vanessa is an ecologist and biodiversity researcher focusing on implementing holistic monitoring concepts for nature conservation. She is the Project Coordinator of the UNESCO-Chair for Sustainable Management of Conservation Area at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences & works at the E.C.O. Institute of Ecology
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