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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Making sure that local voices are listened to when it comes to developing innovative solutions for ecosystem services is one of the major components of the SINCERE project. Each of the project’s Innovation Action case studies has identified key local and regional stakeholders with whom to consult on the various innovative mechanisms, which could potentially be implemented in the project’s eleven case studies. These stakeholders, who include forest or land owners and managers, forest users, local authorities, entrepreneurs and forest-owner associations have been invited to form local Multi-Actor Groups (MAG) which will meet four times over the course of [...]