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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.
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Coordinator

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

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Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala

Sweden

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 184 447,50

Participants (20)

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SODRA SKOGSAGARNA EKONOMISK FORENING

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 40 645

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 358 823,75

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 317,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 290 000

DEUTSCHER FORSTVEREIN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 39 368,75

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 341 906,25

COILLTE TEORANTA

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 39 368,75

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 267 402,50

ETIFOR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 39 368,75

ALEKSANDRO STULGINSKIO UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 132 536,25

VALSTYBES IMONES VALSTYBINIU MISKU UREDIJOS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 25 653,75

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 298 331,25

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 211 995

AFVS - ASSOCIACAO FLORESTAL DO VALE DO SOUSA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 32 352,50

TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA VO ZVOLENE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 149 440

KARADENIZ TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 117 377,42

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF FORESTRY

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 23 740

INTERNATIONALES INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE SYSTEMANALYSE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 141 673,75

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 40 618,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 676754

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    30 September 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 997 367,42

  • EU contribution

    € 3 997 367,42

Coordinated by:

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden