Forests represent the largest terrestrial carbon sink that can be economically managed to combat climate change. In this context,
sustainable forest management will become a major tool of the EU Green Deal on the road to an economic growth decoupled from
resource use. But essential forest functions are increasingly threatened by climate change and related natural disturbances, while the
knowledge regarding the effects of forest management on biophysical and biogeochemical fluxes exchanged between land and
atmosphere are too limited.
Accordingly, the overall objective of the INFORMA project is to increase the science-based knowledge on multi-purpose sustainable
forest management under climate change. More particularly, it will analyse the trade-offs and synergies between different objectives
considering the environmental integrity and climate feedbacks, social acceptability and economic feasibility of future European forest
practices, including zero management options. It will identify options for maintaining carbon sinks, in addition to fostering
productivity, supporting genetic diversity, biodiversity conservation, and maintaining soil and water resources in the different
Applying a multi-actor approach, INFORMA will 1) Quantify differences in major ecosystem functions affecting climate processes
between managed and unmanaged forests across Europe; 2) Analyse socio-institutional patterns of innovative forest-based
mitigation and adaptation strategies; 3) Search for management alternatives (including no-management) and simulate their effect on
a variety of ecosystem functions; and 4) Improve forest carbon certification for a cost-effective operationalisation and integration of
climate smart practices in forestry.
INFORMA main outputs will be best regional management practices, implementation pathways for the European forestry sector,
recommendations for forest carbon certification improvements and for economic-institutional policy action.