Introduction

Vegetation classification, traditionally accepted in different European countries, has been developed using different methods, approaches and criteria, which are often not explicitly formalized [1]. 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 [6], which has become the most widely used database management system for vegetation data in Europe.
The program JUICE [7] for analysing large phytosociological data sets.
SynBioSys Europe [8], an information system integrating different sets and layers of information on plant species, plant communities and landscapes.
GIVD [9], the Global Index of Vegetation-plot Databases, a metadatabase containing information about vegetation-plot databases from different parts of the world.

References

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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.

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