Phytosociological congress in Cabo Verde, 5-7 November 2017 2017–04–17
The Portuguese and French association of phytosociology are jointly organizing an international congress in Cabo Verde in November 2017.
5 and 6 November: Congress sessions
7 November: Field trip at São Tiago Island
8–11 November: Post-congress field trip in Fogo Island which had volcanic activity a few years ago
Congress website: http://www.ceg.ulisboa.pt/…pean-phytos/
Interactive online application of EuroVegChecklist has been released 2017–03–31
An interactive online application of EuroVegChecklist, the standard classification system of European vegetation (Mucina et al. 2016, Applied Vegetation Science, Suppl. 1), has been developed by Stephan Hennekens. It comprises the complete classification system with all information published in the printed appendices and various data from the electronic appendices of the original publication, including lists of indicator species of phytosociological classes and lists of relevant literature for each class. The application also makes it possible to post online comments on individual syntaxa.
Thanks to Stephan for making this information available online!
European Red List of Habitats published 2017–01–25
For the first time, a comprehensive assessment of European habitats has been carried out, providing a clear picture of the state of the 490 habitats in 35 countries across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean Sea, and in neighbouring coastal waters of the North Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Black Seas. Over 300 experts have contributed their knowledge and expertise to produce an assessment of the level of threat of European habitats. The European Red List of Habitats was funded by the European Commission and coordinated by a partnership formed by Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra), IUCN, NatureBureau and consultants Susan Gubbay and John Rodwell.
What they reveal is stark. Over a third of all land habitats are currently under threat: more than three-quarters of bogs, over half of grassland habitats, and almost half of our lakes, rivers and coasts. Forests, heaths and rocky habitats have fared better but are still of great concern.
In all our neighbouring seas, mussel beds, seagrass beds and habitats in estuaries are everywhere threatened. In the Mediterranean Sea, almost a third of all habitats are at risk of collapse; in the North-East Atlantic, nearly a quarter. Also of great concern is the large number of marine habitats about which we still know too little, particularly in the Black Sea.
European habitats are declining in extent and quality for many reasons, and many threats are having increasingly large impacts. Intensive farming and abandonment of traditional grazing lands, drainage and pollution, invasion of alien plants and animals, urbanisation and associated infrastructure development all of these continue to pose dangers to terrestrial habitats. At sea, it is pollution, nutrient enrichment, destructive fishing practices and coastal defence and development that are most threatening. Some damaging effects of climate change are already apparent in both marine and terrestrial systems and are likely to worsen.
Together, these habitats form the rich tapestry of our many different European landscapes and seascapes. They provide a home for many thousands of plants and animals and provide important ecosystem services, such as protecting soils, capturing carbon and helping alleviate global warming. These habitats can yield valuable crops, sustain livestock, game and fish and provide places for tourism and recreation. They offer inspiration and delight to all and are a precious heritage for future generations.
The European Red List of Habitats provides an entirely new and all-embracing tool to review commitments for protecting and restoring the land and seas of Europe. It covers a much wider range of habitats than those legally protected under the Habitats Directive and will help us measure progress towards the targets of the EU2020 Biodiversity Strategy.
Further information on the Red List can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/…dlist_en.htm
60th Annual Symposium of IAVS 2017–01–24
60th Annual Symposium of IAVS with the theme “Vegetation patterns in natural and cultural landscapes” will be held in Palermo, Italy, on 20–24 June 2017 (Tuesday-Saturday).
26th EVS Meeting, Bilbao, 13-16 September 2017 2016–12–14
The first comprehensive and critically revised classification of European vegetation types (EuroVegChecklist) has been published! 2016–12–05
After 15 years of work and compiling ~10,000 publications, our team of 32 vegetation scientists from 16 countries led by Ladislav Mucina presents a new classification system with 149 classes, 377 orders and 1298 alliances of European vegetation in a special issue of the journal Applied Vegetation Science. With support from International Association for Vegetation Science, the special issue is open access. This new classification provides a solid basis for nature conservation planning, monitoring and habitat protection.
Journal website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/…257/abstract
Press release: http://www.wiley.com/…-129936.html
EuroVegChecklist browser: http://www.synbiosys.alterra.nl/…SetupEVB.exe
16th workshop on "Vegetation Databases and Natura 2000", Freiburg, Germany, 8-10 March 2017 2016–11–08
37th meeting of the Eastern Alpine and Dinaric Society for Vegetation Ecology, Prizren, Kosovo, 13-16 July 2017 2016–10–18
New EVA Coordinating Board for 2016-2020 elected 2016–06–01
The new Coordinating Board of European Vegetation Archive (EVA) was elected by the EVA Council, a body consisting of the Custodians of the EVA databases. The new Board will include:
Idoia Biurrun, Milan Chytrý, Jürgen Dengler, Stephan Hennekens, Florian Jansen, Borja Jiménez-Alfaro, Ilona Knollová
Congratulations and good luck with an uneasy task of managing the EVA database.
The 2016 EVS Annual Report has been published 2016–05–27
Vegetation of the Czech Republic online 2016–05–26
With the consent of publishers, fulltext PDFs of volumes 1–3 of Vegetation of the Czech Republic and 2nd edition of the Habitat Catalogue of the Czech Republic have been posted online:
Vegetation of the Czech Republic: http://www.sci.muni.cz/…vegetace.php?…
Habitat Catalogue of the Czech Republic – coarse resolution: http://www.nature.cz/…2_vydani.pdf
Habitat Catalogue of the Czech Republic – fine resolution: http://www.sci.muni.cz/…solution.pdf
Proposed revision of the EUNIS habitats classification 2016–05–23
As announced at the recent Rome meeting, a consultation on a proposed revision of the forest, heath, scrub and tundra sections of the EUNIS habitats classification, based on work by the EVS, has just started and the EEA would welcome your comments. Please see
for further information. The consultation is open until 1st July 2016, if you have any questions contact Doug Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org)
13th Eurasian Grassland Conference: Management and conservation of semi-natural grasslands: from theory to practice, 20-24 September 2016, Sighişoara, Romania 2016–04–14
New EVS Steering Committee for 2016-2020 elected 2016–04–09
The new Steering Committee of the EVS Working Group was elected on 7 April 2016 at the Annual Meeting in Rome. It includes (alphabetically): Fabio Attorre, Italy, Andraž Čarni, Slovenia, Milan Chytrý, Czech Republic, Joop Schaminée, The Netherlands, and John Rodwell, United Kingdom
The new Steering Committee selected Milan Chytrý as the Secretary and appointed Emiliano Agrillo as an ex officio Membership Administrator.
Symposium ‘Vegetation diversity in Latin America and Europe: advances for studies and conservation’, 12-15 July 2016, Santiago de Compostela, Spain 2016–04–04
The Symposium ‘Vegetation diversity in Latin America and Europe: advances for studies and conservation’ organized by the Universidad of Santiago de Compostela and the Geobotany Spanish Society (sgeobot.com), will be held from the 12th to the 15th of July 2016 in Santiago de Compostela.
Information about the symposium can be downloaded from https://sites.google.com/…fit/index_es
All of you are very welcome. The registration is open until 6th of June.
Rosario G. Gavilán
International Symposium "Vegetation and Nature Conservation", 4-7 October 2016, Saint Brieuc, France 2016–02–19
International Symposium “Vegetation and Nature Conservation” organized by the French Society of Phytosociology, The French ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Devolpment and Energy, the Departemental Council of Côtes-d'Armor and ViVarmor Nature, will take place from 4 to 7th October 2016 in Saint-Brieuc.
The first circular is here: www.euroveg.org/…euc-2016.pdf
This symposium will be dedicated to the Professor Jean-Marie Géhu (1930–2014).
I look forward to welcoming you in Brittany this autumn.
15th Workshop on “Vegetation Databases and Resurveys”, Potsdam, 2-4 March 2016 2015–12–16
As we have announced a while ago, we will hold our next workshop in early March 2016 in Potsdam. We warmly invite you to prepare your topical talks and posters, which you will be able to submit online after 15 January (see below). We will send a reminder and final call as soon as the website is opened.
Since 2002 the German Working Group on Vegetation Databases <http://www.hswt.de/…nbanken.html> engages in making the vast volume of plot data produced by vegetation scientists accessible to research and application. Our 15th meeting to be held from 2nd to 4th March 2016 at the University of Potsdam (Germany) will be dedicated to resurvey studies.
A major task of current ecological research is to detect and analyse environmental and biotic change due to land use change, nitrogen deposition, climate change and biological invasions. Preserving legacy vegetation data with precise georeferences (permanent and semi-permanent plots) in databases allows to revisit plots, resample their present species composition and compare it to historical states. Beyond the plot level vegetation datasets provide insights into beta-diversity and biotic homogenisation on the landscape scale. In large databases several resurvey studies may be combined to detect more general trends of vegetation change. Once detected, such trends can be attributed to ecological mechanisms and environmental drivers by relating them to site factors and species traits.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Kris Verheyen, University of Ghent Martin Diekmann, University of Bremen Karsten Wesche, Senckenberg Museum of Natural History Görlitz
Call for Abstracts:
We invite presentations (talks and posters) focussing on questions and methods relating to the design, performance, documentation, analysis and interpretation of vegetation resurveys at different spatial scales, as well as to the implementation of results in the management and conservation of vegetation. Beyond the focal topic, more general contributions on other technical or scientific advances in vegetation databanking are welcome. During the workshop recent advances in relaunching the national vegetation portal VegetWeb 2.0 <vegetweb.de> will be presented.
Registration and abstract submission will be possible from 15th January 2016 under http://www.uni-potsdam.de/…atabases2016. There will be no workshop fees.
The workshop will be hosted by the Department of Biodiversity Research / Systematic Botany of the University of Potsdam <http://www.uni-potsdam.de/index.php?…> and is generously supported by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU). Looking forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Potsdam!
Thilo Heinken, Florian Jansen & Jörg Ewald
Professor Pierre Quézel (1926-2015) 2015–10–26
We are deeply saddened to announce that excellent French vegetation ecologist Pierre Quézel passed away on 21 October 2015.
Invitation to join the new IAVS Vegetation Classification Working Group 2015–08–31
Dear EVS members,
We know that many of you are actively working and very interested in vegetation classification. If you should belong to this group, please read the following:
At the IAVS Symposium in Brno there was a well-attended meeting of participants interested in vegetation classification (~60), highlighting that this is a timely topic within our association. The participants agreed that we should re-organise the former informal structure of a mailing list (together with a Special Committee of the last IAVS Governing Board, comprised of very few members and whose terms of duty terminated in Brno) into a formal Working Group within IAVS. This will give all IAVS members (and also non-members) equal opportunities to participate in forthcoming activities and to influence their outcomes, but will also provide our Working Group with access to financial and organisational support from IAVS.
The Bylaws available at http://euroveg.org/…approved.pdf have been developed by us and approved (after some smaller modifications) by eight founding members of the Working Group, who are Jorge Capelo, Milan Chytrý, Miquel De Cáceres, Jürgen Dengler, Scott Franklin, Francois Gillet, Pavel Krestov and Robert K. Peet. If you are interested in vegetation classification at any spatial or organisational scale, particularly the underlying methodologies, and you agree with the Bylaws, you are invited to join the Working Group by sending an e-mail to the three ad-hoc coordinators (or, after the election, to the Chair or Secretary). As you can see from the Bylaws, membership in our group is free of charge and IAVS membership is not obligatory. Please note that currently it is not possible to change the Bylaws; if you have ideas for further modifications, Article 9 tells you the procedure that can be followed (once the Steering Committee has been elected).
We plan to conduct the elections for the first Steering Committee (SC) during September 2015 (see Article 5), i.e. during the first half of the month all members can name candidates for the SC, while the electronic election itself will take place in the second half of September. If you wish to participate in the election, please take care that you have joined before nominations are final. In case you will not be available during the first half of September, feel free to send at any time nominations for SC members to us (candidates need to be members of both the Working Group and the IAVS).
We now look forward to a successful development of our group that can effectively tackle the five tasks we agreed upon in Brno within its new organisational framework from October onwards.
The ad-hoc coordinators (please respond to all three of us because each of us will be partly unavailable during the next weeks).
Miquel De Cáceres (email@example.com)
Jürgen Dengler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Scott Franklin (Scott.Franklin@unco.edu)
The 2015 EVS Annual Report has been published 2015–06–25
Future EVS Meetings 2015–06–05
25th EVS meeting will take place in Rome, Italy, on 6–9 April 2016, hosted by Università di Roma “La Sapienza” (Emiliano Agrillo, Fabio Attorre, Laura Casella, Francesco Spada and colleagues). Please note that the earlier announced dates (13–16 April) had to be changed because of the Jubilee celebration in Rome.
26th EVS meeting will be held in Bilbao, Spain, in spring 2017, hosted by University of the Basque Country (Javier Loidi and colleagues).
27th EVS meeting will be held in Wrocław, Poland, in spring 2018, hosted by University of Wrocław (Zygmunt Kącki and colleagues).
Synoptic tables of French vegetation online 2015–03–29
Message from Jan-Bernard Bouzillé: Synoptic tables of the Prodrome of French vegetation are now available on the French Society of Phytosociology website (http://www.phytosocio.org). The synoptic tables are downloadable from the “Prodrome” part of the website.
36th meeting of the Eastern Alpine and Dinaric Society for Vegetation Ecology, Osijek, Croatia, 17-20 June 2015 2015–03–09
Travel grants for the EVS Meeting in Rennes 2015–01–07
I hope to see many of you at the EVS Meeting in Rennes, France, on 4–8 May 2015 – https://evs2015.univ-rennes1.fr/index.php. Please note that the deadline for registration, payment and abstract submission is 28 February.
It is my pleasure to announce that the Governing Board of our mother organization, International Association for Vegetation Science, allocated some funds as financial support to attend the Rennes meeting for vegetation scientists facing financial challenges. These grants can cover the costs of the EVS Meeting attendance (travel, conference fee, excursion(s), accommodation) in full or in part.
Eligibility criteria for travel grants:
- The applicant has to be a member of IAVS.
- The applicant will be a presenting author of a talk or a poster.
- Both students and non-students are eligible.
- Send a motivation letter to the EVS France Staff Secretary (email@example.com) by 31 January 2015.
- In the motivation letter, explain why you want to attend the EVS Meeting, indicate the approximate amount of support (in euros) you ask for, and which expenses you need to cover (travel, conference fee, excursion fee, accommodation, or any combination of these). State clearly that you have no or only partial financial support from your institution for attending the EVS Meeting. Add a preliminary abstract of your talk or poster and a brief CV.
- The applications will be handled by the Organizing Committee of the EVS Meeting and the IAVS Global Sponsorship Committee (GSC), which will make all decisions about financial support. The selection of grantees and the decision on the amount of the individual travel grants will be based both on the personal merits of the applicants (e.g. abstract quality, motivation, CV) and their needs (e.g. income situation, travel costs to Rennes).
- All the applicants will be informed about the decision by 20 February 2015.
- All expenses of the awardees will be reimbursed after the Meeting through the IAVS Secretariat based on the original receipts and tickets.
Milan Chytrý, Secretary, European Vegetation Survey
58th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS), Brno, Czech Republic, 19-24 July 2015 2014–10–30
All the members of European Vegetation Survey are cordially welcome to the IAVS Symposium: www.iavs2015.cz.
24th EVS Meeting, Rennes, France, 4-8 May 2015 2014–10–16
We cordially welcome you to the 24th annual meeting of our Working Group: https://evs2015.univ-rennes1.fr
12th European Dry Grassland Meeting, Mainz, Germany, 22-27 May 2015 2014–09–09
The 2014 EVS Annual Report has been published 2014–08–06
Public consultation on Article 17 assessments of Conservation Status of species and habitats of Community Interest 2014–05–30
Article 17 of the EU Habitats Directive requires the 28 Member States to report to the European Commission every 6 years following an agreed format – hence ‘Article 17 reporting’. The third report covers the period 2007–2006 and concerns 27 EU Member States (Croatia is not concerned by this report given their recent accession to the EU).
A major part of the Article 17 report is an assessment of the conservation status of all the habitats and species listed on the Annexes of the Directive This assessment uses an agreed methodology based around the definition of ‘Favourable Conservation Status’ given in the Directive, The assessments cover the entire area of each country and are not restricted to the Natura 2000 network.
From the country reports the European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity has produced assessments for each biogeographical region. A public consultation will be held from 2 June to 7 July 2014 and the ETC/BD would welcome your comments, particularly on the habitats. If you are interested please visit http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/…reports2012/ .
Results from the last reporting round were presented to the 2009 EVS meeting and published in Annali di Botanica (Sipkova et al 2010).
Sipkova, Z., Balzer, S., Evans D. & Ssymank, A. (2010). Assessing the conservation status of European Union habitats – results of the community report with a case study of the German national report. Annali di Botanica 1: 19–37. http://annalidibotanica.uniroma1.it/…ew/9103/9043
Rosario Gavilán and Francesco Spada became new members of the EVS Steering Committee 2014–05–17
Following the amendment of the EVS By-laws approved in 2013, Rosario Gavilán and Francesco Spada were elected as new members of the EVS Steering Committee on the Business Meeting held in Ljubljana on 10 May 2014. Congratulations!
A report on habitat and vegetation mapping in Europe published 2014–03–03
The study of habitat and vegetation mapping in Europe has been published by the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and the European Environment Agency. The report can be found at the EEA's website (http://www.eea.europa.eu/…ng-in-europe ) whilst there are ‘press releases’ at http://www.eea.europa.eu/…e-ecosystems and http://bd.eionet.europa.eu/…nn1393424141
Professor Jean-Marie Géhu (1930-2014) 2014–02–24
Professor Jean-Marie Géhu, a leading personality of French and European phytosociology, passed away on 15 February 2014. http://euroveg.org/…rie-Gehu.pdf
Crosswalks between the Prodrome of French vegetation and habitats of Community interest 2014–02–05
The Service du patrimoine naturel (a section of the National Museum of Natural History of Paris) developed a crosswalk between phytosociological units of the Prodrome of French vegetation (to the levels of the alliance and the suballiance) and the habitats of Community interest (Annex I of the EU Habitats Directive). This work was done in close collaboration with the conservatoires botaniques nationaux and phytosociologists of the Société française de phytosociologie. Around 800 correspondences are provided. 24% of the 371 alliances occurring in France are not of Community interest and 36% are linked to a single habitat of Community interest. The Quercion ilicis alliance has the largest number of correspondences: it is linked to 12 habitats!
The report is available on the website of the National Inventory of Natural Heritage (INPN): http://inpn.mnhn.fr/…respondances#… (Gaudillat, 2014). The crosswalk is also available as an Excel data table (“TYPO_CRSP_PVF1_HIC”).
Professor Władysław Matuszkiewicz (1921-2013) 2013–10–14
Professor Władysław Matuszkiewicz, a prominent Polish and European vegetation scientist, Honorary Member of the International Association for Vegetation Science, passed away on 11 October 2013. He is well-known especially for his synthetic studies of Polish vegetation, including “Przewodnik do oznaczania zbiorowisk roślinnych Polski” (Identification key to Polish plant communities) and Map of potential natural vegetation of Poland.
EVS Bylaws amended 2013–06–28
In the last meeting of European Vegetation Survey (EVS) in Vienna in May 2012, our Business Meeting approved the new EVS Bylaws, which defined, for the first time, the EVS Steering Committee (SC). EVS is a truly international working group and it is therefore crucial that also its SC is an international body. Therefore the Bylaws approved in Vienna postulated a requirement that each SC member is from a different European country. However, the subsequent vote in Vienna showed that even with this rule, entire regions of Europe with many people active in vegetation survey and highly diverse vegetation may be not represented in the EVS SC, which is clearly undesirable with respect to the EVS aims.
Therefore the EVS SC prepared a proposal for an amendment of the Bylaws, which should ensure that three European geographic regions, defined by similar languages, history and/or biogeography (Western-Central and North-western Europe, Southern Europe and Eastern-Central and Eastern Europe), are represented in the future EVS SCs. This amendment was approved at the EVS Business Meeting in Rome on 10 April 2013 and by the Council meeting of the International Association for Vegetation Science in Tartu on 27 June 2013.
The amendment text is available at: http://euroveg.org/…13-03-11.pdf
The Prodrome of French vegetation published online 2013–06–12
The Prodrome of French vegetation published in 2004 is being extended to the level of the association. For each class a phytosociological synthesis is provided, in some cases at the European level. This synthesis contains a description of the higher hierarchical units, synoptic tables and information sheets for all associations known to occur in France. For each association information is given on synonymy, nomenclatural type, characteristic species, ecology, variations, distribution within France and correspondences with the European habitat classifications (CORINE Biotopes, annex I of the Habitats Directive, EUNIS). This work can lead to changes in the initial national phytosociological system (Bardat et al., 2004). The synthesis of approximately 80 classes, corresponding to more than 2600 plant associations are expected to be completed by the end of 2014. By the beginning of 2013, three quarters of the classes have been finalised or are close to completion, with 764 description sheets validated or under correction. An additional 50 synthesis are expected by the end of 2013. The work is coordinated by the Société française de Phytosociologie (SFP) in partnership with the Service du patrimoine naturel (SPN) of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) and involves several partners including the Conservatoires botaniques nationaux and vegetation scientists based elsewhere.
The results are being published in the Journal de botanique de la Société botanique de France. The phytosociological classification and the correspondences with European habitat classifications are held in databases by the SPN according to specific data standards and made available via the Inventaire national du Patrimoine naturel (National Inventory of Natural Heritage, INPN). To date the following classes are available for download: Agrostietea, Betulo-Alnetea, Cardaminetea, Charetea, Cisto-Lavanduletea, Filipendulo-Convolvuletea, Lemnetea, Littorelletea, Nardetea, Nerio-Tamaricetea, Oxycocco-Sphagnetea, Polygono-Poetea, Saginetea, Serapiadetea, Sisymbrietea.
Three other spreadsheets containing correspondences between plant associations and European classifications (CORINE Biotopes, annex I of the Habitats Directive, EUNIS) are also available. All this work will be updated gradually.
This work will be very useful to many national programmes such as national vegetation plot database (VegFrance), vegetation mapping of France (CARHAB) but also for local practionners. At the European level, the data are available to all plant ecologists interested in vegetation survey and might encourage possible collaborations.
EVS history has been published 2013–04–06
An account of EVS history written by John Rodwell has been published on www.euroveg.org/history.
Website of the Société Française de Phytosociologie 2013–04–03
Website of the French Society of Phytosociology is available at http://www.phytosocio.org/. The main objective is to provide a place centralising news about our discipline and allow easy access to the society. It also aims to be a place for information exchange and sharing. It is also expected to publish a database of phytosociological data that would allow to gather records on French vegetation.
Results of the Survey about Plot-based Vegetation Classification Methods were completed and published online 2013–03–22
VegFrance database website has been launched 2013–01–29
A new national vegetation database of France has a new website at http://vegfrance.univ-rennes1.fr/
Papers on four southern European vegetation databases were published 2013–01–10
Papers on four national databases of southern European countries (Spain+Portugal, France, Italy and Greece) were published in the journal Plant Sociology. Free PDFs can be downloaded from: http://www.scienzadellavegetazione.it/…coloCerca.do?…