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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-01 - 2020-10-31

The project reaches out towards young policy makers in Austria, as they will play a key role in governing the transformation to a low-carbon society. The project shall contribute to increase their awareness on urgent climate action and shape a cross-party vision of a common, low-carbon future. Further the nexus between climate science and young policy makers will be strengthened by supporting climate scientists to adopt an active role as knowledge brokers.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-10-01 - 2019-10-31

The CCA project aims to (i) Take stock of all comprehensive climate change acts (national/federal and sub-national) in OECD countries and understand why they have been adopted/diffused from one country to another (Work Package/WP2); (ii) Analyse selected cases in depth (most likely at the national level) to better understand their governance rationale, and if possible also their relevance/potential in facilitating mitigation policies (WP3); (iii) Compare the case studies to unravel the factors determining the potential of CCAs to shape policy-making (WP4); (iv) Draw policy-relevant lessons from good practices and failures, e.g. with regard to improving the Austrian CCA adopted in 2011 (WPs 4 and 5). (v) To accomplish these four aims we will also develop a theory-based analytical frame that will guide the research related to the aims outlined above (WP1).
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.

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