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Prof. Dr. Gábor Fekete

Institute for Ecology and Botany
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Vácrátót, H-2163, Budapest, Hungary

Tel: +36 28 360122
Fax: + 36 28 360110




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Prof. Dr. Péter Biró, hydrobiologist

Institute for Limnologi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


Prof. Dr. Gábor Fekete (Chair)

Institute of Ecology and Botany, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Prof. Dr. Judit Padisák

Biological Institute, University Veszpr"m


Prof. Dr. Béla Tóthmérész

Institute of Ecology, University of Debrecen

Prof. Dr. Zoltęn Varga

Institute of Evolutionary Ecology, Debrecen University



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As early as 1993, a group of ecologists at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences elaborated ideas for a national biodiversity conservation strategy. This strategy is currently under improvement and development. In this developmental work—in which some members of the DIVERSITAS Hungarian National Committee are active—the propositions of the users of biodiversity -e.g. forestry, agriculture, mining activity, fishing, hunting, etc.- are widely accepted. Note that this program is supported by the GEF (Global Environmental Facility) and by the UNEP.

Parallely, Hungarian ecologists—including botanists, zoologists, vegetation scientists and specialists involved in informatics—elaborated theory and methods of biodiversity monitoring. The resulting protocols were published in a series of 11 volumes (in Hungarian, English version in preparation).

Further, a design of National Biodiversity Monitoring System was initiated and organised by the National Authority for Nature Conservation. This System was created in 1998 based on directorships of our national parks. Rare, endemic plant and animal species protected nationally and partly internationally. Furthermore valuable, species rich and endangered plant communities have been continuously monitored since 1998. For the details see

A richly illustrated book presenting all protected and endangered plants of the country was published: Farkas, S. (ed.) 1999. Magyarorszęg v"dett n~v"nyei — Protected plants in Hungary (in Hungarian). Budapest, Mezogazda Kiad< (publisher). As a new result of the surveys of regional biotas the flora of Bkk-mountains Northern Hungary from has been published: Less, N., Schmotzer, A. "s Vojtko, A. 2001. A Bkk hegys"g flFlora of Bkk mountains (in Hungarian). Sorbus Kiad< (Sorbus Publisher).

In 2000, Hungarian botanists and zoologists—including two members of the DIVERSITAS Committee—proposed the protected status of plant and animal species to be extended. The recommendations were mostly accepted by the Authority. The official protection of 695 plant and 920 animal species has been enacted (codified) and declared by the Hungarian Government in 2001.

Furthermore research is carried out in order to contribute to stop the loss of biodiversity.


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