Each Case Study Region is set in a distinct biogeographic region, and will specifically work on local silvicultural challenges and the monetarisation of Forest Ecosystem Services and quantification of economic losses caused by natural disturbances. Contrasting policy, economic and social dimensions prevalent in these four regions will be studied in cooperation between partners.

Sustainable forest management (SFM) contributes significantly to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. Beyond its contribution to climate protection and carbon storage, it offers potential for economic growth and decent jobs, ecosystem services and sustainable consumption with a long-term perspective.

Specific challenges and scope of the work programme addressed in ONEforest:

  • Contribute to climate change mitigation by increasing the carbon sinks in living biomass, soils and wood products
  • Ensure the sustainability of forest production systems under changing climatic conditions by enhancing the adaptation of forest ecosystems (primary and secondary) and forest production systems to meet the growing societal demands for forest products and ecosystem services
  • Consider trade-offs, climate change and vulnerability to natural disturbances (storms, droughts, pathogens, wild fires)
  • Address the restoration of degraded ecosystems and natural expansion of forests
  • Address the importance of forest ecosystems for rural development
  • Encompass a variety of forest and site types with tailored forest management systems
  • Cover multiple parts of the production cycle and related operations, from regeneration/planting to harvesting, and consider jointly supply (i.e. primary production) and demand (i.e. socioeconomic), and are expected to be interdisciplinary in nature.
  • The topic is suitable for INCO and SME participation. Proposals are expected to integrate technology with SSH and RRI aspects