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European vegetation survey: current state of some national programmes.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1993
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Vegetation Science
Issue number3
Volume4
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)429-438
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Vegetation survey programmes in Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany are described. The aims of these programmes are discussed and their origin and motivation elucidated against the historical background of the development of phytosociology (as part of vegetation science) in particular countries. The Austrian, British and Dutch national vegetation surveys have been logistically supported by either basic-research (Austria) or nature-conservation (Great Britain and the Netherlands) funding organisations. They are either being published (British Plant Communities) or heading for publication of their first volumes within the next two years. The German vegetation survey is a voluntarily-based enterprise expected to complete its work by the end of this century. The experience gained by the management of these national surveys is of fundamental importance in launching the European Vegetation Survey (a project under preparation)