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Integrated landscape management for resilient mountain forests under global changes

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 891671

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 March 2021

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 183 473,28

  • EU contribution

    € 183 473,28

Coordinated by:

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO

Italy

Objective

Forests are key components of modern landscapes, providing essential ecosystem services to humans and sustaining biodiversity. As they mitigate global warming, forest ecosystems are essential elements for meeting the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and an increase of their future resilience through sustainable management practices is one of the main priorities of the EU policy. Forests are projected to undergo dramatic compositional and structural shifts prompted by global changes, such as intensifying natural disturbance regimes, land use and climate change. This uncertainty makes planning for forest management exceptionally difficult. To date, studies have mainly focused on adapting forest management to climate warming but new interdisciplinary approaches for understanding and implementing tailored adaptation actions are needed to increase forest resilience to a large set of uncertainties. The overall aim of REINFORCE is to develop multi-scale and integrated forest management strategies to enhance resilience to global changes in European mountain forest landscapes. The project will consist in assessing future forest landscape dynamics in multiple case study regions in the Alps using advanced simulation modelling tools, followed by developing resilience-based forest management plans. This will be accomplished with a novel and innovative approach combining dynamic landscape modelling, functional diversity and network analysis. This approach allows to determine where to intervene more efficiently in stands within the landscape to maximize the resilience of the forests to sudden disturbances and climate change. Mixing multiple expertise and methods, REINFORCE will ultimately contribute in filling the gap between science and local decision-makers by incorporating stakeholder community in building effective and integrated forested landscape management to cope with climate and global changes.

Coordinator

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO

Address

Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 183 473,28

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 891671

Status

Grant agreement signed

  • Start date

    1 March 2021

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 183 473,28

  • EU contribution

    € 183 473,28

Coordinated by:

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO

Italy