ARKO: Areas for red-listed species - survey and monitoring
The project ARKO is part of the National Program for Mapping and Monitoring of Biodiversity. Its main aims are to
- increase our knowledge of red-listed species
- identify important areas for red-listed species
- develop methods for monitoring of red-listed species
The project includes hotspot habitats representing nature types according to definitions in the system “Nature types in Norway” (NiN), and is run by the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), the Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo (NHM-UiO), the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute (Skog og landskap) and the Norwegian Biodiversity Network (SABIMA) in cooperation.
GEco members are responsible for research on calcareous dry meadows (in the Oslofjord-area), using a combined approach with GIS and distribution modelling and classic surveying of hot-spots to develop a statistically sound and cost-gain efficient method for monitoring of rare species and nature types.