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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Consorzio Comunalie Parmensi (Borgo TV) Stakeholders met in the Tuscan-Emilian community of Borgo Val di Taro to consider the production of their local mushrooms, from supply-oriented to demand-oriented approach [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]