PFA Databases

COST E27 Map Database

The PFA map database contains metadata records on available PFA map material for the countries participating in COSTE27, and within pan-European activities of interest (e.g. European forests and protected areas: gap analysis map of the UNEP-WCMC). The maps could be: scanned map images; a description of printed material; links to on-line interactive maps; or GIS databases. As of March 2006 there were about 150 metadata records.

COST E27 Photo Gallery Database

The photo database includes entries for a range of protection categories and biogeographic regions (from Boreal to Pannonian to Mediterranean) thus giving a better understanding of the multitude of concepts and perceptions related to PFAs. As of March 2006 there were about 160 photos available in the photo database. The database contains the photographs and a metadata record containing extra information about the photograph (country; reserve name; photographer; photograph title; year; protection category; additional information).

COST E27 Category Database

The issue of definitions of PFAs is of high political importance both at national and international levels. In order to better understand the differences and synergies between countries and their definitions, and in particular in the light of international reporting of PFA data, there was a need for a comprehensive overview of the national and international definitions. A collection of PFA terminology related to definitions of categories of protected areas was initiated in the COST Action ‘ Forest Reserves Research Network’ during 1995-1999 (COST E4, 2000; Parviainen et al., 2000). The collection of definitions concentrated mainly on strictly protected forest areas. The COST E27 expanded the terminology to include other categories of PFAs. A searchable web database was built to allow interested users access to these definitions or guide them to other important sources of information. By the end of the COST Action a total of about 330 entries were recorded from 28 countries of which four countries were not in COST E27 but had provided information during COST E4. They include categories such as national park and nature reserve but also specific categories (national or even sub-national) such as gene conservation forest, natural enclave and biological interest site. Because the same categories are used by different countries in some cases (e.g. national park, nature reserve forest reserves, natural park), the total count of different PFA category types is less than 330.

COST E27 Literature Database

The literature database is a comprehensive repository, containing literature references related to PFAs at national and international levels. The entries have been extracted from several sources. The sources include: (1) the annotations of selected papers on research in strict forest reserves (COST E4, 2000); (2) compilations of literature reference lists of the COST E27 country reports (COST E27, 2005) and other documentation (e.g. on naturalness and history of PFAs); (3) highly relevant PFA literature was collected directly from country delegates. Each literature record in the database consists of the following elements: country; author; year of publication; title; abstract; keywords - key topics, key phrases or classification codes. The database can be searched by country, year, keywords and author. As of March 2006, there are about 1000 entries for 30 countries in the database, with the earliest reference year as far back as 1904.

COST E27 Deadwood Terminology

The deadwood terminology database is a collection of terms and definitions related to deadwood. The source for each term/definition is given. As of March 2006 there were more than 50 terms. The terminology was a result of work on the following paper:

Schuck, A., Meyer, P., Menke, N., Lier, M., Lindner, M., 2004. Operationalising the forest biodiveristy indicator deadwood: - a review. IUFRO Conference Monitoring and indicators of forest biodiversity in Europe - from ideas to operationalisation, 12-15 November, Florence, Italy. M. Marchetti (ed.). EFI Proceedings No. 51, 2004. 49-77.


Frankenthal-Missheimle Nature Reserve, France
Photographer: Gerard Lacoumette