Trittsteinbiotope | Imagefilm - Connecting Forests for Biodiversity

Nearly half of Austria's national territory is covered by forests, providing habitat for about two-thirds of known native animal, fungal, and plant species. However, intensive land use, land sealing, and the expansion of rail and road networks lead to fragmentation and isolation of forests. This limits and prevents species from migrating and exchanging life forms between different habitats, resulting in negative impacts on biodiversity in Austrian forests.

To counteract, stepping stones can serve as a means of connecting isolated habitats. Similar to stepping stones in a river, they facilitate the migration of numerous animal and plant species, increasing their chances of survival, particularly in the face of progressing climate change. For many species, these stepping stones serve as important resting or retreat areas.

The Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW) invites forest owners to participate in the "Trittsteinbiotope" program and provide potential areas for habitat connectivity. These areas are taken out of management, scientifically investigated, and maintained through habitat connectivity, providing valuable habitats. The program is a partnership and areas are jointly selected and established.

  • Florian Winter
  • Janine Oettel
  • Katharina Lapin
  • Bundesforschungszentrum für Wald
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    Trittsteinbiotope | Imagefilm - Connecting Forests for Biodiversity
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    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
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    5 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 28, 2023
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Director Biography - Florian Winter

Florian Winter is a film maker from Pressbaum, Austria. Florian works at the Austrian Research Research Center for Forests (BFW) where he is responsible for film and audio productions. In his free time he likes to create documentaries and music videos. Car and model shoots complete his portfolio. As a child, Florian was enthusiastic about acting and performed in several school plays. As a teenager, he was discovered as an actor and has since performed with the Wientalbühne theatre group. He also took on the role of director from time to time and was responsible for the filming of the plays. At the age of 17, Florian received his first film award for his documentary "Drogentoleranz". Florian learned the profession of a chemist, which he practiced in the above mentioned company until 2021, but he also produced films for the BFW for several years.

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Director Statement

Protecting different species such as mammals, insects and plants is very important today. We want future generations to live on a planet that is rich in species. The Trittsteinbiotope project deals with this issue and works to spread biodiversity. As a filmmaker, I support such projects and am always amazed at how beautiful nature is when I capture it on camera.