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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-12-16 - 2023-08-15

Study to develop with some other researchers comprehensive, scientifically sound criteria (indicators) for the sustainable finance of the enhancement and/or conservation of forest biodiversity through improving forest management in accordance with the sustainable finance legislation, especially the EU Taxonomy and the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/2139/1, as well as the CBD Ecosystem approach. The idea is to design and come up with an alternative to the proposal of the Taxonomy Platform that will still incentivise and improve biodiversity but that is less a one-size-fits-all.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-12-15 - 2023-06-14

The Pan-European concept of SFM has been a success story for more than 30 years as it has safeguarded a common approach for dialogue, monitoring, and policymaking across Europe. In the meantime, forest policy and management have been confronted with emerging challenges in both the changing environment but also altering political frame conditions. The C&I of SFM have been the most powerful tool for evaluating SFM. In the current policy debate, biodiversity is high on the agenda. The SFM Think Tank meetings will be milestones for the FOREST EUROPE work on biodiversity indicators. For this a survey shall be conducted on existing biodiversity indicators. Results shall comprise an outlook on additional and/or alternative indicators.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2022-11-01 - 2027-10-31

FORWARDS will prototype The ForestWard Observatory to provide (a) timely and detailed information on European forests’ vulnerability to climate change impacts, (b) science-based knowledge to guide management using the principles of climate-smart forestry, ecosystem restoration, and biodiversity preservation (CSF & Restoration), and (c) stakeholder engagement and public participation in decision-making processes. We capitalize on data from existing networks (e.g. ICP Forests) and expand this with a Network of Pilot sites through 5 FORWARDS Demo cases plus ~50 trials established via grants to third parties. We will reconcile the current divide between forest information obtained from the ground and remote sensing by incorporating the concept of Monitoring Supersites and novel approaches to more comprehensively characterize cause-effect relationships of forest disturbances. Tools for European-wide forwardlooking and spatially explicit projections on forests as well as regionalized CSF & Restoration trajectories will be developed jointly with stakeholders to evaluate synergies and trade-offs of conversion and restoration activities. These will be used to provide good practice guidance on effective CSF & Restoration management practices. The ForestWard Observatory will be constructed under the principle of co-design to address the information needs by users and stakeholders. FORWARDS interacts with several established networks on CSF & Restoration and effectively utilizes five dedicated grant calls to implement forest observations and test CSF & restoration measures. The ambition is for The ForestWard Observatory to become a long-lasting legacy of FORWARDS, which supports decision making across scales to boost the uptake of good CSF & Restoration management practice throughout Europe (local scale for management practice), while efficiently informing about climate change and disturbance impacts and resilience of European forests (regional to EU scale for policy making).

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