The project is a service contract with the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia targeting the expansion of the Integrate Tablet software I+ for use in silvicultural training.
The project includes five tasks:
A huge variety of global forest governance initiatives exists today. All of them follow distinct rationales of how forest governance should operate. These initiatives have, however, not been able to reverse trends of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics, despite this being the main objective for many of them. Existing instruments like REDD+ and FLEGT are facing major obstacles throughout the design and implementation process.
Forests, cornerstone of the EU economy (42% of EU land) and source of multiple social and environmental benefits,
LULUCF support - Technical Support for capacity building in Member States to implement Forest Reference Levels and improvements of greenhouse gas inventories
The aim of the project is to provide bilateral technical support to specific Member States in the preparation of the national forest action plans and forest reference levels. Through a capacity building objective, EFI will provide technical support and help two Member States to identify technical solutions and practical approaches that they can use to develop their FRLs, as well as help to strengthen the capacity within the Member States for undertaking the requirements of the new Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation.
SPONFOREST - Unravelling the potential of spontaneousforest establishment for improving ecosystem functions and services in dynamic landscapes
The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 aims to establish green infrastructures and to restore at least 15% of degraded ecosystems until 2020. Forests play a key role to reach these aims. While European policy strongly supports the afforestation of former farmlands, it has to date largely neglected opportunities for passive landscape restoration. Spontaneous forest establishment is occurring in many parts of Europe following the widespread abandonment of agricultural land use.