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Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management

Objective

European forests are expected to provide a broad range of ecosystem services (ES). This capacity is however threatened by the uncertainties of climate change, the complex dynamics of evolving global markets and the pressures for increased use of bioenergy. Such challenges cannot be effectively addressed with an uncritical regional or national commitment to traditional forest management models (FMMs), as these are unlikely to ensure the sustained long-term provisioning of desired ES, let alone their optimised delivery. ALTERFOR’s goal is thus to facilitate the implementation of FMMs better suited to meeting the challenges of the 21st century by: (1) Identifying and developing FMMs robust in their capacity to deliver ES and overcome projected socio-ecological risks and uncertainties; (2) Assessing the impact of different FMM combinations in terms of resultant ES baskets on the European and landscape level, and (3) Facilitating the implementation of desired FMMs and improving cross-national knowledge transfer regarding their benefits, costs, management, and utilization. The project will involve a consortium of 19 organisations from nine countries chosen due to their possession of the transdisciplinary expertise necessary to achieve these objectives, and for ensuring an encompassing representation of Europe’s socio-economic conditions and prevailing forest management paradigms. Based on carefully designed case studies, the consortium will make sure realistic models of forest owner behaviour are employed; guarantee the involvement of forest stakeholders throughout the project; anchor the desired FMMs to relevant forest actors; and help disseminate project findings to local, national and European stakeholders. The main long-term impact of ALTERFOR is the implementation of FMMs that secure the capacity of Europe’s forests to continue providing a balanced ES basket that societies will depend upon over the coming century.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

H2020-ISIB-2015-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 184 447,50

Participants (20)

SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 40 645
Address
Skogsudden
35189 Vaxjo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 358 823,75
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 317,50
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 290 000
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHER FORSTVEREIN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 39 368,75
Address
Busgenweg 1
37077 Gottingen
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 341 906,25
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
COILLTE TEORANTA
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 39 368,75
Address
Dublin Road
Newtownmountkennedy Wicklow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 267 402,50
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETIFOR SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 39 368,75
Address
Via Testi Fulvio 4
35125 Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ALEKSANDRO STULGINSKIO UNIVERSITETAS

Participation ended

Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Studentu G 11
53361 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 132 536,25
Address
K Donelaicio G 58
44248 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VALSTYBES IMONES VALSTYBINIU MISKU UREDIJOS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 25 653,75
Address
Pramones Pr. 11A
Kaunas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 298 331,25
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 211 995
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1349 017 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AFVS - ASSOCIACAO FLORESTAL DO VALE DO SOUSA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 32 352,50
Address
Rua D. Antonio Ferreira Gomes 858
4560-30 Milhundos - Penafiel
Activity type
Other
TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA VO ZVOLENE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 149 440
Address
T G Masaryka 24
960 01 Zvolen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KARADENIZ TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 117 377,42
Address
Kanuni Kampusu 1
61080 Trabzon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF FORESTRY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 23 740
Address
Orman Genel Mudurlugu Gazi Tesisleri
06560 Ankara
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 141 673,75
Address
Schlossplatz 1
2361 Laxenburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 40 618,75
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations