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What’s on the policy horizon for forest ecosystem services?

After a tumultuous year of restriction and restraint, can renewed policies in the European Union’s policy framework for forests offer some hope? The new EU Green Deal and the Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 will be complemented in 2021 by the eagerly anticipated EU Forest Strategy. A fitting moment, then, to bring policy makers and practitioners together in the second of the SINCERE Talks series to discuss what this might mean for Europe’s forests and for forest ecosystem services in particular.

Towards an EU policy framework for forest ecosystem services – reflecting on 2020, exploring 2021!

The SINCERE Talks webinar series continues with an insightful debate on the changing policy framework at EU level for forest ecosystem services, organised jointly with the European Network Integrate.

Monday 7 December 2020, 10:00 – 12:00 CET 

SINCERE Talks series kicks off with a focus on forests and water

Forests and water are intricately linked. But the relationships between them are complex and are changing with the changing climate. The first SINCERE Talks webinar, held on 25 September 2020, gave participants a fascinating insight into the topic. Renowned experts Meine van Noordwijk (ICRAF) and Sven Wunder (EFI) discussed firstly how forest management affects hydrological services and secondly how payment for environmental services schemes can support such management.

Danish reverse auctioning scheme on the road to success

The Danish case study on a reverse auctioning scheme for the ecosystem service of biodiversity production and protection passed a major milestone this spring when the auction was finally launched on the website of Danish Forest Association. Forest owners from the test region were invited to place their bids using a special online platform created for the purpose.

We received in total 25 bids for biodiversity actions in private forests during the auctioning period, which lasted for about 2 months. There were a large and varying number of high quality and creative projects among the pool of bids, showing the effectiveness of the process and platform in attracting interest.

2020-09-29T12:56:28+00:00 September 29th, 2020|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Forest fun and games at Medvednica Nature Park

To raise visitors' awareness of the importance of forest ecosystem services, the team at Medvednica Naure Park organised a small event as a part of the SINCERE project activities.

SINCERE Talks webinar #1: Forests and water

Friday 25 September 2020, 10 – 12 CET

The SINCERE Talks webinar series kicks off with an insightful two-part session on the relationship between forest and landscape management, and watershed protection and hydrological services. 

Adaptive solutions required to fit forests for cultural and recreational use

Cultural ecosystem services are gaining importance in European forests, but their promotion requires flexible and combined strategies.

Innovation lies embedded in the case study process

Stakeholder discussions on paying for ecosystem services were at the heart of the third Kuusamo stakeholder meeting as the case study begins to implement its pilot PES scheme.

Preserving landscapes and biodiversity in Kuusamo

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.

SINCERE PES paper sparks discussion in Nature Sustainability

An article based on work in SINCERE has led to some interesting published discussion on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the journal Nature Sustainability. The original paper From principles to practice in paying for nature’s services, led to a critical response from Esteve Corbera (UAB) and his collaborators (Wells et al.)  who wrote to defend simplified PES designs and called for further consideration of social-ecological context and drivers of environmental interventions and behaviour. EFI Principal Scientist and SINCERE project consortium member, Sven Wunder, led a reply from the original researcher team addressing in turn PES technical design, equity concerns [...]

2020-06-10T16:16:46+00:00 June 10th, 2020|Tags: , |0 Comments