Tomas Slach

Tomas Slach
Mendel University in Brno · Department of Forest Botany, Dendrology and Geobiocoenology

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Introduction
PhD student & researcher - Department of Forest Botany, Dendrology and Geobiocoenology, Mendel University in Brno (CZ) Researcher - Department of Landscape Ecology, The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening (Brno, CZ) Specialization: ancient coppice woodlands, landscape ecology, ecological networks, green infrastructure

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Publications (25)
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Coppicing started in the Neolithic period and has been practiced throughout European history. This traditional silvicultural system was abandoned in many European countries during the 20 th century. The Czech Republic now has a very low proportion of coppice woods (CW), as more than 1000 km 2 CW were converted into high forests after World War II....
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The concept of Green Infrastructure (GI) is still relatively new in the Czech Republic. When looking at the definition of GI, one can recognise a relationship with the Czech Territorial System of Ecological Stability (TSES), which is defined as “an interconnected system of natural as well as modified semi-natural ecosystems keeping the natural bala...
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Assessing long-term land use changes is undertaken mostly with the help of old topographic maps, cadastral plans, aerial photos and other archive materials. However, land use changes can be also interpreted by comparing old landscape paintings with present landscape. A Czech project currently underway seeks to introduce landscape paintings as a tru...
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Coppicing has gradually declined in recent decades in many European countries after centuries of upswing. Although the abandonment of this traditional forest management method was forced by changes in social and economic conditions and is rational, it results in losses of many natural and cultural-historical values. Due to the speed of the decline,...
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The article analyses possibilities of using landscape paintings in the studies of land cover changes. It examines 112 paintings from 1728 till 1976 and compares them with existing topographic maps. It compares land cover depicted in the paintings with present landscape and it studies changes of landscape derived from topographic maps from several p...
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The paper presents partial results of “entering” landscape photography, which can be considered as a complementary method for the research of landscape changes. Unlike the usual assessment of landscape changes using cartographic and other archival sources, old landscape photographs can contribute to the deeper knowledge of the local specifics of th...
Technical Report
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This English manual version was compiled as Output O.T3.2 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This publication is also available in Czech, German, Italian and Polish languages and can be downloaded from the proj...
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This E-Book was compiled as Deliverable D.C.6.2 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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The contribution of Green Infrastructure (GI) in vital areas such as regional development, climate change, agriculture, forestry and environmental protection is already acknowledged and listed as one of the priorities in several key EU policies, and is the basis for the EU Green Infrastructure Strategy. However, the concept is not yet fully integra...
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Green infrastructure (GI) as a term and concept has recently become better known in the Central Europe. The GI represents green and blue patches grouped together into strategically planned network with aim to deliver variety of benefits that can also be expressed as ecosystem services. While in some countries GI means something brand new and innova...
Technical Report
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This English manual version was compiled as Output O.T2.1 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes “Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This publication is also available in Czech, German, Italian and Polish languages and can be downloaded from the proj...
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Historical landscape structures (HLS) have been disappearing throughout Europe due to their abandonment, especially in the mountains (Jepsen et al. 2015), or agricultural intensification (Cvitanovic et al. 2017) and urbanization (Schulp et al. 2019), typical for the lowlands. HLS are result of traditional, usually manual management. They are repres...
Technical Report
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This English manual version was compiled as Output O.T1.2 of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes „Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes“ funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This publication and its short versions in Czech, German, Italian and Polish languages can be downloaded from the pro...
Technical Report
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First Output (O.T1.1) within the framework of the Interreg Central Europe Project MaGICLandscapes – Managing Green Infrastructure in Central European Landscapes.
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Coppicing and pollarding were the most widespread historical silvicultural systems in broadleaved forests of the European part of the deciduous temperate forest zone from the Neolithic times until the early 20th century, when they were abandoned in many European countries. Their decrease is well documented in the Czech Republic, where coppice woodl...
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In central Europe, coppicing belongs to traditional forest management methods. It was practiced from the Neolithic age (Szabó, 2009) throughout thousands of years. However, there is a big decline in its use in the last two centuries and this traditional management method with all associated phenomena slowly disappears. Lot of coppice woodlands in...
Presentation
Introduction about MaGICLandscape project, first prelimenary results from case study Kyjovsko. Presentation was held in Czech.
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Introduction of the MaGICLandscape project. The poster is in Czech.
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Green infrastracture is considered as a key strategy in the European landscape connectivity agenda. It is an essential planning concept towards protecting natural capital and simultaneously enhancing quality of life. This approach, however, is not yet implemented in central Europe landscape planning policies, which seldom consider the ability of la...
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Ancient coppice woodlands are coppice-originated forest stands with a long-term continual development, and with the preserved typical natural and historic elements of old sprout forests. Prominent natural elements in the ancient coppice woodlands are namely old coppice stools. There is, in scientific literature, lack of information about features o...
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Ancient coppice woodlands are coppice-originated forest stands with a long-term continual development, and with the preserved typical natural and historic elements of old sprout forests. Prominent natural elements in the ancient coppice woodlands are namely old coppice stools. There is, in scientific literature, lack of information about features o...
Book
Starobylé výmladkové lesy jsou lesní porosty výmladkového původu s dlouhodobým kontinuálním vývojem a zachovalými typickými přírodními a historickými prvky starých pařezin. Jsou posledními zbytky prvotního způsobu využívání lesa, který se datuje již od mezolitu či neolitu a který je založen na schopnosti některých druhů dřevin zmlazovat se vegetati...
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We have studied two 42 years old windbreaks functioning as biocorrodors and one TSES biocorridor composed of a woody strip planted 18 years ago. These biocorridors are connected to semi-natural forests which are expectes to be source areas of forest species for dispersal or migration via these landscape structures. Thorough field research, includin...
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In both czech and foreign literature, there is quite a considerable amount of research focused on the use of corridors (windbreaks, hedgerows, biotic corridors, etc.) by easily observable plants or animals. The aim of this study is to explain an importance of biotic corridors in cultural landscape for occurence and dispersal of molluscs. Results of...

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The project concentrates on how to identify, protect and enhance green infrastructure (GI) for the benefit of the environment and society. Nine partners from Central European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland) collaborate on the project which started on 1st July 2017 and is funded by Interreg Central Europe as part of the European Regional Development Fund. Collaborating from the start with stakeholders, MaGICLandscapes will provide land-managers, policy makers and communities the tools and the knowledge, at different spatial levels, that they need to ensure the persistence of green infrastructure functionality and consequent benefits to society. The project will deliver an assessment approach that deals with all spatial levels across Central European landscape types. MaGICLandscapes will supply the tools for green infrastructure assessment at the transnational level ensuring cross-border green infrastructure is understood in a way that reduces mis-matched management approaches. It will provide territories with the means to assess functions of green infrastructure to guide planning and conservation approaches. Outputs include a suite of transferable tools: a series of technical manuals and partner-level evidence-based strategies and action plans to direct future actions and investment. Training in the use of these tools will be provided for stakeholders, resulting in enhanced capacities of institutions to better manage our natural heritage. More information is available at http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/MaGICLandscapes.html