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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-09-15 - 2020-01-14

Despite the growing evidence of species’ vulnerability to climate change, adaptation of wildlife to this change still remains a gap. Therefore, UN Environment’s “Vanishing Treasures” Programme supports climate change adaptation of vulnerable mountain species such as Royal Bengal tiger in the Hindu-Kush Himalayas (Bhutan), snow leopard in Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and mountain gorilla in the Virunga region (Rwanda and Uganda). The Programme is funded by the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and aims to generate maximum synergy between climate change adaptation and biodiversity conservation by improving the adaptive capacity of mountain ecosystems while maintaining related ecosystem services, protecting mountain flagship species who are key to ecosystem functioning, and promoting alternative livelihoods for local communities. Further objectives of the Programme include: • To train wildlife managers in protected areas in climate-smart wildlife conservation, including adaptation to climate change through nature-based solutions; • To improve communication between climate research and biodiversity conservation practitioners to ensure that the conservation sector appropriately responds to recommendations for adaptive action; • To promote & develop a green infrastructure approach including restoration of habitats & corridors, creation and maintenance of buffer zones & stepping stones, rehabilitation of swamps and water catchment areas while increasing agricultural productivity or providing alternative forms of income to local communities facing the impacts of climate change.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-03-01 - 2018-12-31

The von Bertalanffy equation was developed in the 1940s and has since been the almost universal biologically motivated model to describe the ontogenetic growth of different species; it is characterized by the metabolic exponents a = 2/3, b = 1. West et al. (1997, 2001) suggested another pair of metabolic exponents (a = 2/3, b = 1) and provided biological reasoning for this choice. This project proposes biological reasoning for yet two other exponent pairs based on the ideas of Bertalanffy and West about metabolism and on a model of Parks (1982) about the dependency of growth on food intake.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-09-01 - 2020-08-31

GBS is a very useful tool for research on plants and animals. The Poland et al. (2012) protocol is well suited for small- and large-genome taxa as the PstI fragments are less frequent (Truong et al. 2012). No size selection of digested fragments is necessary. By applying GBS, we aim at tracing the dispersal of individuals between populations. The proposed GBS method makes it possible to determine the degree of genetic relationship between individuals and populations and thus to understand gene flow (dispersal of seeds and/or plant fragments) between populations. 'Alpenschwemmlinge' are alpine plants growing in lowland river banks. The main research question is: To what extent are seeds (or plant fragments) swept down from the alpine zone?

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