- a forest biodiversity monitoring project developed by 10 European countries -
ForestBIOTA aimed at the further development of monitoring methods for some aspects of forest biodiversity as well as towards correlative studies between some compositional, structural and functional indices of forest biodiversity.
It was based on more than 100 already existing intensive monitoring plots of the EU and ICP Forests monitoring programme with well established infrastructure and data base.
Harmonized methods for the assessment of (i) stand structure (ii) deadwood (iii) epiphytic lichens (iv) ground vegetation and (v) forest classification have been developed. Assessments have started in 2003 on selected plots in a limited number of countries. The project was co-financed by the European Commission under the 'Forest Focus' scheme.