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BUILDING CAPACITY FOR BLACK SEA CATCHMENT OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (EnviroGRIDS) - FP7


• Project coordinator: Geneve University (UNIGE), Switzerland
• Period: 2009 – 2012

The main duties of the Institute of Geography in the framework of this project (WP5 - Task 5.3 Agriculture and Task 5.6 Disasters Early Warning, Sub-task 5.6.2. Invasive Terrestrial Plant Species in the Romanian protected areas) are related to:
-Setting up a GIS-based national data-base on Invasive Plant Species (ITPS) in Romania with special focus on the protected areas;
-Evaluation of the ITPS in the Romanian protected areas by identifying and analyzing the main environmental driving forces (natural and human-induced) responsible for their introduction and spread;
-Developing an invasive terrestrial plant species potential distribution model (ITPS-podismod) able to predict their distribution, spread and recurrence in the selected protected areas from the five biogeographical regions of Romania: Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve (for the pontic bioregion), Măcin Mountains National Park (for the steppic bioregion), Mureş Floodplain Natural Park (for the pannonic bioregion), Comana Natural Park (for the continental bioregion) and Rodna Mountains National Park and Maramureş Mountains Natural Park (for the alpine bioregion);
-Accomplishing a historical overview of land property and land relations in Modern Times Romania, land reforms, policy-related changes (land reforms, land use changes and dynamics, land fund under the transition to the market economy and EU accession etc.); agricultural land use by type and form of property; animal breeding;
-Identifying the causes of agricultural changes in Romania - as a part of the former communist block, sharing common evolution trends and particularities with other former communist countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic etc);
-Modelling agri-environmental issues with the GIS-based EPIC model by identifying of important/relevant agri-environmental issues and potential impact areas by selecting relevant national level indicators in order to apply a country level GIS-based Environmental Policy Impact Calculator (GEPIC) model.

For more information please visit www.envirogrids.net

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