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EDGG is an umbrella organisation and as such comprises regional or thematic subgroups. Currently, there are four such subgroups.

Arbeitsgruppe Trockenrasen
Working Group on Dry Grasslands in the Nordic and Baltic Region
Working Group on Mediterranean Dry Grasslands
Working Group on South-Eastern European Dry Grasslands
Working group on Grassland Conservation and Restoration


Arbeitsgruppe Trockenrasen

Foundation: 2004
Contact persons:
Ute Jandt & Thomas Becker

Affiliated with: joint AK Syntaxonomy of the Floristisch-soziologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft and the Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft
Members:
213
Geographic coverage: Germany
Language:
German

Aims:
(i) establishment and evaluation of a national vegetation database for dry grassland relevés;
(ii) publication of the dry grassland volumes of the series Synopsis der Pflanzengesellschaften Deutschlands;
(iii) platform for research and conservation in German dry grasslands

 

Past activities:
(i) Organisation of the Annual Dry Grassland Meetings 2004–2008 (2004: Lüneburg; 2005: Münster; 2006: Halle (Saale), cancelled; 2007: Freising; 2008: Kiel);

(ii) Publication of the conference contributions in special features and conference volumes in various journals;

(iii) Information platform via e-mails, newsletter, and homepage;

(iv) Preparatory works for the German dry grassland database (e.g. development of a compreshensive electronical reference list and of pull-down menues for the header data)

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Working Group on Dry Grasslands in the Nordic and Baltic Region

Foundation: 2005
Contact person:
Jürgen Dengler
Members:
83
Geographic coverage:
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland,
NW Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, N Poland,
NE Germany, Belarus, Faroe Islands, Iceland
Language:
English

Aims: establishment and evaluation of  a supra-national vegetation
database for dry grassland relevés of the
study region.

Past activities:
(i) Establishment of a comprehensive vegetation database of the dry grasslands in the investigation area (7 016 relevés already included; 4 700 relevés digitally available; 6 034 relevés available on paper only);

(ii) Publication of a first joint paper based on this vegetation database;

(iii) Information platform via e-mails and homepage;

(iv) Co-organisation of the 5th Dry Grassland Meeting 2008 in Kiel.

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Working Group on Mediterranean Dry Grasslands

Foundation: 2009
Contact person:
Michael Vrahnakis
Members:
281
Geographic coverage:
Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Bulgaria, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Malta, France, Spain, and Portugal
Language:
English

Aims: establishment and evaluation of a Mediterranean vegetation database for dry grasslands relevés, and construction of a platform for research and conservation of the Mediterranean dry grasslands. 

Photos from vegetation of the class Thero-Brachypodietea in Greece © M.Vrahnakis  

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South-East European Dry Grassland Group (SEEDGG)

Foundation: 2010
Contact person:
Iva Apostolova
Members:
218
Geographic coverage:
Hungary, Slovakia, Poland (southern part), Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia (forest steppe and steppe zone of European part), Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan (European part)
Language:
English

Aims:
(i) promotion the collaboration among researchers from different countries in South-Eastern Europe for studies and conservation of steppe vegetation and related grasslands;
(ii) establishment of a comprehensive database for dry grasslands' relevés;
(iii)
organizing joint field trips to collect high-quality data on grassland diversity in insufficiently known regions in SE Europe 

Photos from Festuco-Brometea in Bulgaria © I.Apostolova

     protocol from the kick-off workshop
    
 photographs from the kick-off workshop

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Topical Subgroup  Grassland Conservation and Restoration

Foundation: 2011
Contact person:
Péter Török
Members:
52
Geographic coverage:

Language:
English

Aims:
(i) Establishment of a comprehensive database of scientists and site managers (at least representatives and coordinators for different regions and/or countries) improving work contacts and joint actions in grassland conservation and restoration in Europe.

(ii) Facilitation of publication both scientific and evidence based conservation and restoration special features and reports.

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