Vegetation classification, traditionally accepted in different European countries, has been developed using different methods, approaches and criteria, which are often not explicitly formalized . Comparative studies and syntheses have demonstrated the existence of significant differences in vegetation classifications between neighbouring countries, or even within a single country [2,3]. For this reason the need of an internationally standardized and clearly formally described classification of vegetation is widely recognized especially in the context of nature conservation policy [4,5].
- The aims of the WetVegEurope project are:
- To realize the first European synthesis and formalized classification of wetland vegetation to the level of phytosociological associations, contributing to the creation of a supra-national vegetation classification system.
- To develop a phytosociological model usable as a tool for policy making in European nature conservation and to support its implementation in the European Nature Information System (EUNIS) Habitats classification
- The main tools, which make this ambitious project possible, are:
- The program TURBOVEG , which has become the most widely used database management system for vegetation data in Europe.
- The program JUICE  for analysing large phytosociological data sets.
- SynBioSys Europe , an information system integrating different sets and layers of information on plant species, plant communities and landscapes.
- GIVD , the Global Index of Vegetation-plot Databases, a metadatabase containing information about vegetation-plot databases from different parts of the world.
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The project WetVegEurope is financed from the SoMoPro II programme. The research leading to this invention has acquired a financial grant from the People Programme (Marie Curie action) of Seventh Framework Programme of EU according to REA Grant Agreement No. 291782. The research is further co-financed by the South-Moravian Region.