Image by Angeles Balaguer from Pixabay We are dealing with poplar farmers and FSC certification: the two farmers that have been involved in our management scheme and certified last year are experiencing some troubles meeting the requirements of FSC standard. For this reason, and to take stock of the opinions and feelings of the different stakeholders after more than a year since the pilot agreement, the group felt the need to discuss the PES and its improvability. There was therefore an interesting discussion about the technical aspects and the difficulties that some of the stakeholders are facing. With this [...]
An inside perspective on the third Danish MAG meeting by Christian Jürgensen In January 2020, the third MAG meeting was held for the Danish case study on reverse auctions for biodiversity protection. The meeting was, like the previous two meetings, hosted by the University of Copenhagen and yet again it hosted a large group of highly motivated and engaging key stakeholders, which represented both forest owners, environmentalists, authorities, scientists and forest user groups. At that point, in time, the case study had reached an advanced state with its webpage and the online bidding feature and draft versions of supporting documents [...]
Katila, P., Pierce Colfer, C., De Jong, W., Galloway, G., Pacheco, P., & Winkel, G. (Eds.). 2019 Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People Forests provide vital ecosystem services crucial to human well-being and sustainable development, and have an important role to play in achieving the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda. Little attention, however, has yet focused on how efforts to achieve the SDGs will impact forests and forest-related livelihoods, and how these impacts may, in turn, enhance or undermine the contributions of forests to climate and development. Understanding the potential impacts of [...]
Several case studies in the SINCERE project are now fully functioning with exciting impacts at local, regional and national scales.
The project’s eleven innovation actions case studies presented progress on their actions to support forests’ provision of benefits to surrounding society at the project’s recent General Assembly which marked the halfway point in this four-year EC-funded project.
Adding rewards to regulation: The impacts of watershed conservation on land cover and household wellbeing in Moyobamba, Peru
Montoya-Zumaeta, J., Rojas, E., & Wunder, S. 2019 PloS one, 14(11) The authors estimated the effects of Peru’s oldest watershed payments for environmental services (PES) initiative in Moyobamba (Andes–Amazon transition zone) and disentangle the complex intervention into its two main forest conservation treatments. First, a state-managed protected area (PA) was established, allowing sustainable use but drastically limiting de facto land use and land rights of households in the upper watershed through command-and-control interventions. Second, a subset of those environmentally regulated households also received incentives: PES-like voluntary contracts with conditional in-kind rewards, combined with access to participation in sustainable income-generating activities [...]
Pan Bern AG Switzerland This innovation action explores how managing forests to be used as spiritual forests and forest kindergartens could benefit both the forest and the forest owner. The core impact of the case study is to raise awareness of the importance of cultural ecosystem services and to motivate forest actors to manage forests appropriately. SINCERE supports this innovation action to demonstrate how new markets for nature-based forest solutions are developed and provides evidence for policy makers to support long-term sustainable management of forests. Ultimately, it aims to increase societal understanding and love of forests. Coordinators [...]
Understanding the health functions of peri-urban forests in protected areas and Payment for Ecosystem Services
Public Institution Nature Park Medvednica (PINPM) Croatia This Innovation Action will provide a unique and innovative way of evaluating health as a component of forest ecosystem services. The goal is to develop several scenarios for payments of those services, as well as empower future management of the protected area. It may also allow some programmes to be launched in cooperation with health institutions on activities related to human health and rehabilitation. In parallel, the case will raise public awareness about forest ecosystem services in order to increase uptake, and so that all stakeholders and park visitors recognise the benefits of forests [...]
Follow the complete non-wood forest product value chain, from primary production to marketing, in this major publication of the results of the FP7 project, StarTree.
One Earth, a new high-tier, open access, environmental change and sustainability journal from Cell Press (Elsevier), includes a feature on Ecosystem Services in its inaugural edition. Academics from around the world share their views in the article entitled Connecting with Nature, focussing on non-monetary metrics, relational values, reconnecting people to nature, urban nature-based solutions and social values of ecosystems. SINCERE project researcher, Sven Wunder, contributes with reflections on "Mainstreaming Nature? Potentials and Limits". Papers published on One Earth will provide insight into the drivers and scales of environmental change, identify risks and implications for society, and help develop transformative solutions for [...]
Researchers from several scientific disciplines are invited to submit their contribution to this interdisciplinary conference “Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe” on integrated forest management approaches and ecosystem services.