Current preparation of feasibility study for implementation of the Mira app for monitoring in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve
The pressures on our ecosystems are growing enormously. Especially forests as one of the most complex and also valuable ecosystems are threatened from many sides. Therefore it is important to protect wilderness areas, where natural processes and functions are sustained and can further develop. These areas will not only serve as vital pools of biodiversity but also enable us to further study the dynamics and functioning of natural systems, which also might help us defining strategies for governing human needs as part of the earth system in a more sustainable way.
During a longer stay abroad in Australia I think I truly experienced wilderness first time. This felt so real and alive that not only because of its mostly aesthetical beauty my interest arose to spend more time in it and to learn more about it. So here I am, studying International Forest Ecosystem Management (BSc) at the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde (HNEE) in Germany.
My study course implicates a practical study semester abroad, which I decided to spend in the Carpathian Biosphere Reserve (CBR) in Ukraine during this autumn and winter on behalf of the Centre for Econics and Ecosystem Management (CEEM) and supervised by Prof. Dr. Pierre Ibisch. In June 2014 it was the first time I visited the Biosphere Reserve in the course of an annual excursion organized by my university. The fascination for this region with its valuable natural richness and colourful and lively traditions was growing since then.
This was also the time when I first got in touch with the Mira app for monitoring. Through various projects I became more and more involved in the app`s development and training practices. Therefore it was just logical to combine both. Luckily when proposing the offer to the CBR a big interest was and still is shown. I am very grateful for the support that I am receiving here from many sites. Especially regarding the tough times and the far from perfect working conditions everyone has to deal with in the CBR I really appreciate everyone who gets him- or herself into the topic and acknowledges the high potential and resulting opportunities the methodology combined with supporting technology can offer.
by Angela Dichte, Rakhiv 13.11.2015
Here are her final conclusions.