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.

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INTEGRATE+ - Establishing a European network of demonstration sites for the integration of biodiversity conservation into forest management

The aim of the Integrate+ project was to establish demonstration sites in main forest types in Europe with a focus on implementation of integrative concepts to allow for transnational exchange of experiences. By building on a qualification framework and developing innovative IT tools including mobile training software applications practitioners will be enabled to perform virtual tree selection exercises under different scenarios and forest management strategies.

INTEGRATE - Integration of nature protection in forest management and its relation to other forest functions/services. Forest biodiversity in managed and unmanaged forests and its assessment through criteria and indicators

INTEGRATE aimed at giving an insight on the potentials of integrating nature protection measures to forest management while addressing other forest functions/services based on existing scientific knowledge.Main questions in this context are: What is the current scientific knowledge on biological diversity in unmanaged and managed forests? How much nature conservation can be achieved in forests while maintaining their multifunctional roles and what are the possible trade-offs? Which policy and management measures are adequate to support or enhance nature conservation aims in forests?

FRISK GO - Start-Up Project for a European Forest Risk Facility

European forests are increasingly exposed to various disturbances which can be of abiotic or biotic nature. When being of more ‘catastrophic’ nature they can strongly disrupt targeted forest management goals and have severe consequences to wood production, timber markets, and environmental services. They may jeopardize the economic base of forest owners.


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Białowieża Forest, 30.07.2018 - 01.08.2018

Scientific Workshop in the Białowieża Forest

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