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Spurring INnovations for Forest ECosystem SERvices in Europe

Objective

One of the major challenges relating to the management of Europe’s forests is to balance the provision of distinct forest ecosystem services with broad societal demands. If markets and existing governance arrangements fail, forest owners and managers struggle to meet societal needs. There is a necessity to explore new approaches to connect profitable forest management with changing societal demands. Against this background, innovative mechanisms (IM), including novel policies and business models, have the potential to align ecosystem services supply and demand. SINCERE will, first, systematically map the existing knowledge and practical experiences with IM at the European scale. Second, it will, in a joint effort of practice partners and researchers, design, implement and subsequently evaluate a complementary set of innovation actions that explore novel IM in different regional contexts. These actions encompass a broad spectrum of forest ecosystem services (e.g. biodiversity, climate change mitigation, water supply, recreation), governance mechanisms (e.g. new business models, ‘reverse auctions’ with forest owners, participatory governance) and regional settings (e.g. intensively managed commercial forests in Finland versus little-managed forest land in Spain). Third, a Learning Architecture will connect these innovation actions across countries to incentivize cross-case fertilization and learning between research and practice. Finally, practice partners, policy makers and researchers will jointly draw lessons learnt from the innovation actions, including the upscaling of successful IM to be replicated elsewhere. The project will also push for innovations at the interface between policies and on-the-ground IM, and will deliver concrete suggestions for a coordinated European policy framework that supports IM. Target group-specific communication and dissemination activities will ensure SINCERE’s impact throughout the entire project duration.

Coordinator

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Address

Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu

Finland

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 031 640,63

Participants (22)

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KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 257 156

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 280 437

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 246 125

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 211 125

CONSORCI CENTRE DE CIENCIA I TECNOLOGIA FORESTAL DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 225 750

CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH

Indonesia

EU Contribution

€ 109 967,25

PROSPEX INSTITUTE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 316 437

UICN, BUREAU DE REPRESENTATION AUPRES DE L'UNION EUROPEENNE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 89 437

CENTRE DE LA PROPIETAT FORESTAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 103 031

NATUURINVEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 168 262,50

DANSK SKOVFORENING

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 209 687

ETIFOR SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 72 275

CONSORZIO PER LA TUTELA DELL INDICAZIONE GEOGRAFICA PROTETTA FUNGO DIBORGOTARO

Italy

CONSELHO EMPRESARIAL PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO SUSTENTAVEL

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 100 625

CENTRE FOR FOREST ECOLOGY AND PRODUCTIVITY RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

Russia

JAVNA USTANOVA PARK PRIRODE MEDVEDNICA

Croatia

EU Contribution

€ 43 843

SUPERINTENDENCIA NACIONAL DE SERVICIOS DE SANEAMIENTO

Peru

SUOMEN METSAKESKUS-FINLANDS SKOGSCENTRAL

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 118 218

DIPUTACION FORAL DE BIZKAIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 60 625

PAN BERN AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 89 118

UNIVERSITAET KASSEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 195 000

CONSORZIO COMUNALE PARMENSI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 62 475

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773702

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 237 214,13

  • EU contribution

    € 3 991 234,38

Coordinated by:

EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE

Finland