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ONEforest Mediterranean sites at the MedForum 2022

Between 21-25 March 2022, ONEforest participated in an oral session and poster exhibition in the MEDForum 2022 as a Side Event of 7th Mediterranean Forest Week in Antalya (Turkey). The theme of this year's event was "How Model Forests can contribute to the development of youth entrepreneurship based on Nature Base Solutions".

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ONEforest celebrates the International Day of Forests 2022

Today, 21st March, the world celebrates the International Day of Forests 2022, under the topic “Forests and sustainable production and consumption”, so ONEforest joins this celebration reminding the importance of a common forest management system to strengthen forest resilience and sustainable wood flows.

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First General Assembly Meeting in 2022

Between 16 – 17 February the ONEforest consortium hosted the first General Assembly Meeting of 2022 in an online format to discuss the progress and developments carried out so far.  

At first this event should have taken place in Solsona (Spain) – in the CTFC facilities - but due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was online instead. So, the scheduled Field Trip to the Case Study Region in  Catalonia -Pinus nigra forests management and harvesting operations- could not take place. However, CTFC partners showed this pilot virtually.

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First milestones in the development of the decision support system

Initial progress was made in the development of the targeted Within the Multi-Criteria Decision Support System (MCDSS). In an exchange with the project partners, a basic mathematical model could be agreed upon.

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Biodegradable materials as soil conditioner to favour plant growth

The University of Trento, a partner of ONEforest, is contributing with its experience and knowledge in the field of material science available to develop and produce a biodegradable composite material that is aimed for the protection and sustain of plants. This material should be used as a topsoil coating or a soil conditioner.

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Paper: “The Value of Hybrid Aspen Coppice Investment: A Case Study of Estonia”

Our partners from the Estonian University of Life Sciences and the University of Tartu have published, as part of the ONEforest project, the open-access scientific publication “The Value of Hybrid Aspen Coppice Investment under Different Discount Rate, Price and Management Scenarios: A Case Study of Estonia”.

Hybrid aspen is one of the most promising tree species for short-rotation forestry in Northern Europe. After the clearcutting of hybrid aspen plantation, the next generation arises from root and stump sprouts. The economic feasibility of different management strategies of hybrid aspen coppice stands has not yet been comprehensively evaluated in Northern Europe.

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ONEforest presented in the annual Estonian forestry conference

On 26 November, the Estonian University of Life Sciences organised a conference "From Forest Science to Practice" dedicated to the 100th birthday of Järvselja Study and Experimental Forest, and ONEforest project was presented.

The annual Estonian forestry conference is very popular because it deals with current problems and give overwiew about new developments in Estonian forestry.

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European Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore forests

On 16th July, the European Commission adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, an emblematic initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

The strategy contributes to the package of measures proposed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions of at least 55% by 2030 and climate neutrality in 2050 in the EU. It also helps the EU deliver on its commitment to enhancing carbon removals by natural sinks as per the Climate Law. By addressing the social, economic and environmental aspects altogether, the Forest Strategy aims at ensuring the multifunctionality of EU forests and highlights the pivotal role played by foresters.

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Virtual Kick Off Meeting of ONEforest project   

Between 17-18 of June, the ONEforest consortium officially started its activities with a General Assembly hosted by Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (Germany) in a virtual Kick-Off Meeting.

The opening session counted with the welcome of the Research Executive Agency’s Head of Unit, Francisco Javier Peinado Lebrerom, and the European Project Officer, Nicolas Faivre.

In total, experts from the 19 European entities participating in this international research effort met during two days in different virtual sessions in order to define the demonstration activities that will be run by the project during the next three years.

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Launch of the ONEforest project for a common forest management 

The Horizon project ONEforest - Multi-criteria decision support system for common forest management to strengthen forest resilience, harmonise stakeholder interests and ensure sustainable wood flows - has officially started on 1st June 2021. The project duration is set for 3 years and will end in June 2024. The project has an overall budget of around €5.2 million and consists of 19 partners in 8 countries throughout Europe. ONEforest will be led by Rosenheim Technical University of Applied Sciences (Germany).