More than 1.000 species. UNESCO Chair researchers participate in a successful BioBlitz in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Nockberge”

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Management of Conservation Areas MSc

“We are proud to report on the successful 2021 Geotag BioBlitz held 2-3 July 2021 in the Nock Mountains of Carinthia, Austria.” Daniel Dalton from the UNESCO Chair team is one of almost 80 scientists who participated in the BioBlitz in the Nockberge.

Implemented by the Salzburger Lungau & Kärntner Nockberge Biosphere Reserve, this was the sixth consecutive year of BioBlitz activities in the reserve. The event was attended by researchers and citizen scientists from different disciplines, including three members of the UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas. The BioBlitz represents one achievement of the UNESCO biosphere reserve´s goals: to bring community awareness and support to regional biodiversity-related themes.

The remarkable diversity of life was on full display at the top of the Langalmtal, elevation range 1600-2400m. According to Dietmar Rossmann, head of the Biosphere Reserve, "So much comprehensive knowledge about animals and plants has never been gathered in this place before." Vegetation ecologists, zoologists, ornithologists, and entomologists teamed up to collect evidence of more than 1,000 species of plants and animals.

Collected species will be catalogued in the Austrian Barcode of Life project (ABOL) as a permanent record of the state of biodiversity in the biosphere reserve. Final tabulation of species will be available in 2022 in the form of a brochure developed by E.C.O. Institute of Ecology and Ökoteam Graz. “We look forward to participating again next year,” Dalton concludes.