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EVALUATION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LINEAR NON-FOREST WOODY VEGETATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ECOLOGICAL NETWORK

Applied Ecology and Environmental Research

Abstract

Non-Forest Woody Vegetation (NFWV) is a very important element of a human environment as well as landscape-ecological stability; it fulfils many major functions. The linear formations of NFVW as elements of ecological networks have a direct impact on the potential of a landscape. International policies and programs constitute a foundation for developing national programs of ecological networks, an example of which is the so-called Territorial System of Ecological Stability (TSES) in Slovakia. Within the existing methodology concept of TSES, however, the issue of NFWV is significantly understated, particularly in evaluations of its features, its functional significance from various points of view, and its measures intended to bring about ecological stability. The aim of this contribution is to present results from a study focused on evaluating the landscape-ecological and biotic significance of linear formations of NFWV based on detailed field research. The model territory is located in central Slovakia in the southeastern part of the Stiavnicke vrchy Mountains, near the village of Zibritov.

Author(s): Diviakova, A; Kocicka, E; Belcakova, I; Belanova, E

Journal: Applied Ecology and Environmental Research

Year: 2018

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