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Harnessing forest genetic resources for increasing options in the face of environmental and societal challenges

Objective

Forests are key elements of the European bioeconomy. To enhance provision of their ecosystem services (ES), harnessing Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) is essential. OptFORESTS will support the conservation and sustainable use of FGR by: i) conducting research on the selection of diverse forest reproductive material (FRM), including mixtures, adapted to future climates, ii) fostering sustainable use and resilience of natural forests, iii) helping expand and diversify nursery production, iv) developing nature-based solutions (NBS), tools (e.g. expanded Information Systems) and cultural trajectories to promote forest biodiversity and ES, and v) demonstrating biodiversity restoration solutions. To do this, OptFORESTS will carry out genetics, modelling, stakeholder surveys, expert panels and socioeconomic analyses. OptFORESTS will evaluate adaptive and biomass traits in existing common gardens and newly-established next-generation ones, conserve and utilise unique tree lineages for ecosystem restoration and management, model future adaptation of trees at different life stages and conduct low-input breeding. This will be complemented by studying the effects of silviculture and landscape heterogeneity on genetic diversity and developing new silvicultural options for genetically mixed forests, which will be implemented via training software (marteloscopes) and long-term demonstration plots. To enable optimal supply of diversified FRM, OptFORESTS will assess the European nursery sector, forecast future FRM needs, develop plant production technology and promote cooperation between nurseries. To ensure the uptake of NBS, they will be co-designed with local and EU-level stakeholders and a cost-benefit and gap analysis of key socio-economic, governance and policy issues will be developed. Finally, the OptFORESTS tailored communication strategy will be instrumental in achieving long-term impacts supporting international and EU policy under the European Green Deal.

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Net EU contribution
€ 1 442 705,00
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
France

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (17)

LUONNONVARAKESKUS
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 838 535,00
Address
Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
GOZDARSKI INSTITUT SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
Net EU contribution
€ 590 778,75
Address
Vecna Pot 2
1000 Ljubljana

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Region
Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 367 487,50
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 355 242,50
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
BUNDESFORSCHUNGS UND AUSBILDUNGSZENTRUM FUR WALD NATURGEFAHREN UND LANDSCHAFT
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 580 235,00
Other funding
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN FOREST INSTITUTE
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 592 397,50
Address
Yliopistokatu 6 B
80100 Joensuu

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Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Karjala
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 235 100,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 233 625,00
Address
Kamycka 129 Suchdol
165 00 Praha

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Region
Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 251 000,00
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE IN SILVICULTURA MARIN DRACEA
Romania
Net EU contribution
€ 387 837,50
Address
Bld Eroilor Nr 128
077190 Ilfov Voluntari

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Region
Macroregiunea Trei Bucureşti-Ilfov Ilfov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 638 061,00
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,25
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 165 625,00
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 365 162,50
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
ETIFOR SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 369 531,00
Address
Piazza Alcide De Gasperi 41
35131 Padova

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,25
OFFICE NATIONAL DES FORETS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 283 050,00
Address
2 Bis Avenue Du General Leclerc Cs
94704 Maisons Alfort Cedex

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Val-de-Marne
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 182 941,25
EMPRESA DE TRANSFORMACION AGRARIA SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 240 306,25
Address
Calle Maldonado 58
28006 Madrid

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Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
EXECUTIVE FORESTRY AGENCY
Bulgaria
Net EU contribution
€ 71 707,50
Address
Boulevard Hristo Botev 55
1040 Sofia

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Югозападна и Южна централна България Югозападен София (столица)
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

EIDGENOSSISCHE FORSCHUNGSANSTALT WSL
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Zuercherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00