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Advanced multifunctional forest management in European mountain ranges

Objective

The sustainable provision of ecosystem services (ES) in and from mountain regions is of crucial importance to an array of stakeholders and society in general, going much beyond the interests of particular landowners in the mountain regions themselves. Mountain ecosystems can only continue to provide all these services in a rapidly changing world if a wide array of ES is considered in forest management at local, landscape and regional scales (multi-functionality). The project builds on seven case study regions in major mountain ranges throughout Europe covering a wide range of forest types, socio-economic conditions and cultural contexts and seeks to develop and evaluate strategies for their multifunctional management considering risks and uncertainty due to changing climatic and socio-economic conditions. The project addresses four main ES: timber production, protection against gravitational natural hazards, the role of forests in climate change mitigation via carbon sequestration as well as bioenergy production, and nature conservation and the maintenance of biodiversity. Non-timber forest products, recreation as well as use of forested landscapes by game and livestock species will be dealt with as well. To analyse conflicts and comple¬mentarities among ES from stand to landscape scales, improved models for the assessment and projection of ecosystem services as well as novel planning and decision support tools will be developed together with SMEs and applied in the case study regions. Stakeholder panels in all study regions will inform research activities and contribute to the development of improved mountain forest management approaches. SME partners play a key role in the development of new planning tools. Ultimately, ARANGE will translate project findings on the efficient provision of multiple ES from mountain forests into decision support for policy makers and forest practitioners, so as to improve the robustness of planning tools in real-world decision making.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/natural disaster
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/landscape ecology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 625 976
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Gumhold (Ms.)

Participants (15)

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 355 585
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Susanne Schultheiss (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE
France
EU contribution
€ 315 522
Address
Rue Pierre Gilles De Gennes 1
92761 Antony Cedex
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Berger (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 400
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 203 260
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Linda ågren (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 195 516
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Prosen Milena (Ms.)
NARODNE LESNICKE CENTRUM
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 156 615
Address
Ulica T G Masaryka 22
960 01 Zvolen
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jaroslav Masaryk (Mr.)
INSTITUT ZA GORATA - BAN
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 114 702
Address
Bul St Kliment Ohridski 132
1756 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tzvetan Zlatanov (Dr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 181 181
Address
Carretera De La Coruna Km7.5
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nuria Durán Vila (Dr.)
EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Finland
EU contribution
€ 40 523
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Roihuvuo Leena (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 78 560
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karin Eisner (Ms.)
IFER - Ustav pro vyzkum lesnich ekosystemu, s.r.o.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 147 292
Address
Strasice 299
33845 Strasice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Beranová Jana (Dr.)
GEOEXPERT RESEARCH AND PLANNING GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 222 400
Address
Brunhildengasse 1
1150 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diethard Leber (Dr.)
STICHTING BIRDLIFE EUROPE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 19 801
Address
Boulevard 12
3707BM Zeist
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marina Rollet (Ms.)
ARANZADA GESTION FORESTAL SLP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 11 940
Address
Calle Alonso Heredia 31 - 4C
28028 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Cabrera (Dr.)
DR. STEPHEN WEBB / RTD SERVICES E U
Austria
EU contribution
€ 91 804
Address
Lerchengasse 25 2-3
1080 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Webb (Dr.)