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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-12-01 - 2019-11-30

The pressure on the forest as a resource is high, especially as the forests provide a diversity of products, one being ecosystem services (ES). Different forest management options produce different combinations of ES, and hence decisions about the adoption of particular forest management options need to consider both the trade-offs and synergies between ES, as well as the societal demands for different ES. The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to develop knowledge that will help balance the evolving societal demands for different ES while safeguarding forests’ capacity to deliver them within the context of e.g., climate change or sustainability. The objective is to develop assessment, decision support and management tools that will facilitate joint delivery of ES. Countries in Europe have developed different forest management paradigms to prioritise and to adjust between conflicting objectives. These paradigm models and their capacities to promote synergies and address legitimate trade-offs between the deliveries of different ES are explored. Synergies and conflicts between different ES at national and international scales are identified together with local and international stakeholders. The delivery of mutually supporting and conflicting ES is studied at the landscape level. The specific objectives of this project is to a) develop an inclusive, comprehensive and systematic approach to assess and value ES, b) promote policy learning by analysing how different European forest paradigm models respond to increasing demands for various ES, c) provide decision making support tools to help balance the synergies and trade-offs between different forest ES at the policy and management level, and d) assess with an assemblage of simulation models emerging conflicts and synergies between ES in dependence of management regime, environmental and climatic changes at different spatial and temporal scales.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-08-15 - 2017-06-14

Purpose of the study is to prepare a publication on “Implementation of Natura 2000 in forests“ in the EFI series "What Science Can Tell Us". Rationale of the study: collection of key facts about the importance of forests for Natura 2000 and vice versa; document the high stakes and challenges to integrate Natura 2000/nature conservation with for-estry/land-use; and the pressing needs to synthesize available, but scattered state-of-the-art knowledge to inform policymaking and to identify and address existing knowledge gaps.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-04-01 - 2020-03-31

SIMRA seeks to advance understanding of social innovation (SI) and innovative governance in agriculture, forestry and rural development (RD), and how to boost them, particularly in marginalised rural areas across Europe, with a focus on the Mediterranean region (including non-EU) where there is limited evidence of outcomes and supporting conditions. These objectives will be achieved by: 1. Developing systematic frameworks: a) theoretical - for improved knowledge of the complexity of SIs and its dimensions, and its impact on unfolding territorial capital; b) operational - based on a trans-disciplinary coalition (researchers and practitioners) to advance understanding of preconditions and success factors (e.g. instruments, incentives etc.) for implementing/operationalizing SI. 2. Creating a categorisation of SIs which encompasses the specificities in terms of social priorities, relationships/ collaborations etc. and serves as an instrument to explore reasons why regions with similar conditions display diverging paths and to 'turn diversity into strength’. 3. Creating an integrated set of methods to evaluate SI and its impacts on economic, social, environmental, institutional and policy dimensions of territorial capital. 4. Co-constructed evaluation of SIs in case studies across the spatial variation of European rural areas, considering which components of territorial capital foster and, or mainstream RD. 5. Synthesis and dissemination of new or improved knowledge of SIs and novel governance mechanisms to promote social capital and institutional capacity building and inform effective options/solutions for shaping sustainable development trajectories. 6. Creating collaborative learning and networking opportunities and launching innovative actions at different/multiple scales, with continuous interactions among researchers, ‘knowledge brokers’ and stakeholders to foster and mainstream SI, leaving a durable legacy.

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