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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
A workshop on two key aspects of forest ecosystem services focused on engaging small plot holders for forestry innovation and on cultural and spiritual ecosystem services from Asian and European perspectives.