The FORVALUE project, commissioned by DG AGRI, aimed to produce an overview of all goods and services provided from and by forests in EU, to identify non-market goods and services and to produce an overview of the state-of-the-art situation in the classification of non-marketed goods and services (excluding emissions trading) and their valuation and marketing. Based on the gathered information, conclusions and recommendations for the development and practical application of mechanisms compensating for provision of non-market forest goods and services in the EU were made.

Forests fulfil numerous functions, which are not reflected in the prices of marketed wood and non-wood goods and services. Creating market mechanisms for non-marketed forest products could encourage environmental protection and promote greater economic efficiency within European Union. Payments for Environmental Services (PES) can have a potential to become very valuable transfer mechanisms to internalize positive forest externalities and to generate new revenues for sustainable development. This project aims to produce an overview of the current situation and it does by completing the following five specific tasks:

1. Produce an overview of all goods and services provided from and by forests in EU and identify non-market goods and services
2. Produce an overview of estimated values of non-market forest goods and services
3. Produce an overview of the mechanisms compensating for the provision of non-market forest goods and services in use in the Member States
4. Review alternatives for applying mechanisms compensating for provision of non-market forest goods and services
5. Provide conclusions and recommendations for the development and practical application of mechanisms compensating for provision of non-market forest goods and services in the EU.

In addition to an overview of the state-of-the-art situation in the classification of non-marketed goods and services (excluding emissions trading) and their valuation and marketing, the project was provided, based on relevant theoretical approaches regarding different compensation mechanisms, support for operational applications for developing and marketing non-marketed forest products and services in the EU.

The project is co-ordinated by EFI Mediterranean Regional Office EFIMED, with Alterra (Netherlands), University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences BOKU (Austria), Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) and Department of Forest Economics, University of Helsinki, Finland, as its partners.

The final report of the project is available at the European Commission Agriculture and Rural Development web pages. (last visited 27.06.2018)

 

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