CLEARINGHOUSE - Collaborative learning in research, information-sharing and governance on how urban forests as nature-based solutions support Sino-European urban futures Minna.Korhonen Wed, 08.21.2019 - 05:22

Trees and forests are a proven nature-based solution that contribute to sustainable urban development.

GenRes Bridge - Genetic resources for forested and food-secure Europe Minna.Korhonen Wed, 04.10.2019 - 10:54

GenRes Bridge aims to strengthen conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources (GenRes).

Genetic resources refer to genetic material of plant, animal or microbial origin of actual or potential value, such as a medicinal plant, agricultural crop, tree variety or animal breed.

Green jobs

A global study on employment in the forest sector and relating to forestry will provide insight to the future labour market for forestry students. It will utilize the strong networks of all three partners to gather and systematize global knowledge from complementary perspectives. The study will begin with a systematic review of recent changes in employment and education complemented by explorative interviews with experts from science, education and business, a global survey among students and recent graduates, and interviews with employers.

FuGo! - New frontiers in global forest governance – from lessons learnt to future options

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.

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.