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Mapping innovation across Europe

A map of innovative ways in which forests are being employed and managed to provide benefits to people has been launched by the Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe (SINCERE) project. The map is based on an Inventory of Innovative Mechanisms (IM) produced by partners in the project, which highlights good practices at a European scale that could be replicable elsewhere. Innovative Mechanisms are novel policies, business models and other projects or initiatives to support forest management that provides benefits to people, known as forest ecosystem services (FES). Openly available on the SINCERE website, the map allows the [...]

2019-07-16T10:12:34+00:00 July 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Swiss stakeholders discuss spiritual ecosystem services at second meeting

The Swiss case study looks at spiritual forests and forest kindergartens as a way of supporting long-term, sustainable forest management: Andreas Bernasconi reports on the second MAG meeting. Forests are key for society and understanding the importance and the functioning of ecosystem services is fundamental for the healthy and sustainable development of that society in balance with nature. The Swiss Innovation Action (IA) case study strengthens the connection between people and the forest, looking at spiritual forests and forest kindergartens as a way of supporting long-term, sustainable forest management whilst assuring a return on investment. The second Multi-Actor Group [...]

2019-07-16T09:39:31+00:00 July 12th, 2019|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Reversed auctions for enhancing biodiversity in Denmark

Suzanne Elizabeth Vedel
Danish Forest Association (DFA), Denmark
The second MAG meeting took place at the University of Copenhagen and gathered forest owners, policy makers and a broad variety of other stakeholders [...]

2019-06-03T11:01:46+00:00 June 3rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

New SINCERE paper analyses the context for adopting payments for watershed services in various Southern countries

Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular tool for watershed management, also in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the degree of PWS adoption varies across these countries: while frequently represented in Latin America, water-related payment schemes do not exist in large parts of Africa and Asia. The causes for these adoption differences have so far been little discussed. Here we address this knowledge gap with a quantitative cross-national assessment of factors influencing the decision to adopt PWS schemes across tropical countries. Based on hypotheses from the literature, we construct a logistic regression model, testing the explanatory power of [...]

2019-07-16T09:44:42+00:00 May 15th, 2019|0 Comments

Finding Solutions in Collaboration – Selecting Areas And Increasing Awareness

The Finnish Forest Centre
Realizing the model of paying for landscape and ecosystem services has three critical issues, namely selecting the forest areas to be compensated, organising the fund collection and payments, and increasing awareness of the activities. [...]

2019-05-13T15:49:07+00:00 May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Scientific approach to second MAG meeting in Russia

Centre for Forest Ecology and Productivity of the Russian Academy of Science 
For our second MAG meeting, that took place on 29th of March, 2019 in CEPF RAS, Moscow, we chose to change the format drastically, compared to the first one. [...]

Rialb 2021: forests and water, source of life

Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia
Centre de Proprietat Forestal
There was great alignment of different stakeholders around the necessity to implement an innovation mechanism to value forest management and its direct relation with the amount and quality of water. [...]

More people and broad debate at the second MAG meeting in Croatia

Public Institution Nature Park Medvednica
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  [...]

European experts come together to focus on innovations to improve forest benefits

Involving the right people at the right time is key to the success of any new venture. SINCERE has turned its focus to a broad range of European-level experts and invited their insight and experience on the development of the project’s eleven Case Studies. SINCERE’s diverse collection of innovative actions seek ways in which the forest can benefit people in local communities, while providing forest owners or managers with an incentive to manage their forests to provide these benefits, such as improving water quality, spiritual services, biodiversity protection and increasing recreational value. Finding new ways to [...]

2019-07-16T09:48:37+00:00 February 8th, 2019|0 Comments

Building the foundation for innovation in Flanders, Belgium

Natuurinvest
Innovation can only work when it is conceived to respond to real needs in a specific context, and is supported by those for whom it is developed. In collaboration with the University of Leuven and the Flemish Agency for Nature and Forest, Natuurinvest will test the mechanism of a reverse auction [...]

2019-05-13T15:52:05+00:00 January 25th, 2019|Tags: , , , |0 Comments