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CORRECTED REVISION to OTS0008 from yesterday: Digitally convey diversity

The free BFW online course with a focus on biodiversity starts on March 22nd. The aim is to understand the diversity in the forest. From your desk, with a certificate at the end.

Vienna (OTS) Learning has been redefined since Covid-19. E-learning, distance learning, webinars and online courses are the new / old formats that are trendy. The BFW uses the opportunity to reach the digital-savvy audience with topics related to biodiversity in the forest. BFW scientists explain step by step what diversity means in the form of scripts, short films and animation videos. After the introductory chapter with the botanist Katharina Lapin and the forest geneticist Marcela van Loo, forest protection expert Gernot Hoch goes into the dangers that the long-lived forest is exposed to. He outlines what distinguishes a managed forest from a natural forest in terms of biodiversity. In principle, a commercial forest does not exclude the possibility of a large number of species. What it lacks, however, is a sufficient amount of dead wood, which certain species such as the ore-colored softwood jewel beetle or many other species of beetle depend on. The forester and forest owner Hannes Schönauer discusses the practical aspects of near-natural forest management and thus shows that forestry and biodiversity are not mutually exclusive. Alexandra Freudenschuß from the Institute for Forest Inventory of the BFW shows how to measure biodiversity using various parameters and introduces the devices that are needed for this. Deadwood is Janine Oettel’s specialty. She addresses it in detail in chapter four. Deadwood is one of the most valuable materials for a wide variety of creatures in the forest – from mushrooms, lichens and insects to certain forest bird species such as the middle woodpecker. Living things of all kinds. It describes, for example, how the degree of decomposition of dead wood can be classified with the help of a pocket knife.

Climate-friendly forest management

Chapter five is devoted to climate change. Anita Zolles and Isabel Georges from the Institute for Forest Growth and Silviculture at the BFW explain how climate change affects biodiversity. In addition, Karl Gartner from the Institute for Forest Ecology and Soil of the BFW will present basic terms, such as everything that includes climate or how a climate station works. He installs and looks after them for the BFW and knows how to interpret the multitude of data obtained in this way. The last chapter is all about the future of biodiversity. What contribution does forestry make and what can we humans do to promote it? Isabel Georges informs and gives confidence how we can secure a climate-friendly future for the forest.

Info and registration:

Expert discussion with Dr. Peter Mayer and Dr. Katharina Lapin on April 7, 2021 from 3 p.m. via social media:

The online course was developed as part of the project “2020: In the sign of forest biodiversity” with support from the federal government, the federal states and the European Union.

22.3.21 – Start of the online course forest biodiversity

Free online forest biodiversity course with a certificate of completion

Date: March 22, 2021

Place: Vienna, Austria


7.4.21 – Livestream forest biodiversity

Dr. Peter Mayer and Dr. Katharina Lapin speak live about the importance of near-natural forest management in Austria.

Date: April 7th, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Place: Vienna, Austria


Inquiries & contact:

Mag.a Monika Humer,, 0680 305 15 84

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