Cultural ecosystem services are gaining importance in European forests, but their promotion requires flexible and combined strategies.
An inspiring new video shows the value of Finland’s beautiful Ruka-Kuusamo region where wood is no longer seen as the only source of income from the forests there.
The European Commission has just released the new EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. Humans and human society are dependent on nature for our physical and mental wellbeing, our economy and our ability to cope with climate change, pandemics and other threats and disasters.
On 28th of November, 2019, SINCERE partner CEPF RAS hosted an Extended Session of the Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS) concerning the concept for a new federal law, the “Forest Code of the Russian Federation”. The extended session format implies participation of a wider range of organisations’ and institutions’ representatives outside of RAS, and indeed it was attended by 65 participants from 34 organisations including scientific and educational institutions, forest management organisations, business enterprises, nature conservation NGOs and the Federal Council of the Russian Federation. In March 2019, the Chairman of Russian Federations’ Government, Dmitri Medvedev, [...]
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Lively discussion took place at Institute for Development and International Relations where we held our second MAG meeting.This time we've invited more stakeholders and we had also representatives from the city [...]
Natuurinvest (OC-ANB) Belgium This Innovation Action will test an alternative way to stimulate the generation of much needed forest ecosystem services in a densely populated region, Flanders. This alternative approach should lead to a more efficient use of the limited financial resources and support initiatives that are considered important to the relevant stakeholders and society as a whole. Two pilots projects have been identified for the reverse auction process: restoration of habitats in hunting areas and the creation of shooting strips at forest borders in rural areas. If the results of the pilot projects are positive, evidence will be gathered to [...]
Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia (DFB) Spain The main objective of this Innovation Action is to create a new legal framework for forest and forestry that will improve how the provision, valuation and monitoring of ecosystem services is addressed and that will bridge current market failures through innovative mechanisms. The intended impact is to make forest activity more profitable in order to maintain such activity and the correct management of forests in Bizkaia. It is crucial to change views about Forest Ecosystem Services and to value them. If we fail to value the services that forests provide, we run the risk [...]
Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) Finland A payment for ecosystem services system, the Landscape and Recreation Value Trade, is proposed, in which forest owners would be compensated for voluntarily enhancing the provision of landscape and recreational values in their own forests. The funds for the mechanism may be collected from visitors and/or tourism entrepreneurs using the area. A model for piloting this payment for ecosystem services mechanism is established in the Ruka-Kuusamo tourism area in Finland. The SINCERE project provides support to develop the model with local stakeholders and offers the possibility of testing its functioning in a real life [...]
Centre for Forest Ecology and Productivity of the Russian Academy of Science (CEPF RAS) Russia This innovation action aims to develop mechanisms for multi-purpose forest management by enabling multi-purpose leasing on rented forest plots. The ultimate aim is to increase the economic efficiency of forestry while maintaining a balance between all ecosystem services. Stakeholders are involved on three levels: renters, who propose multi-purpose forest management for a rented plot; regional and federal powers, who support proposals to amend the Forest Code to include several regulating and supporting ecosystem services; and local government bodies and municipalities who are involved in the [...]