Improving forest management practices is a key focus of OptFor-EU, which covers all 14 European forest types, and over 3 million hectares of forest including 1.84 million hectares of protected areas.
8 case studies across European forests in Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Spain and the UK are involved.
OptFor-EU builds on state-of-the-art datasets, modelling outputs and integrated solutions to provide the first DSS that will enable forest managers to obtain an enhanced understanding of current and future possible changes in forest processes, ecosystem services, vulnerabilities, costs, and adaptive capacities for a range of Forest Management Practices, and socioeconomic and climate scenarios.
The project DSS tool will support the conservation and enhancement of the Earth’s natural carbon sinks in forests, addressing the priorities and objectives of the Horizon Programme’s land, ocean and water for climate action. Our project has the ambition to respond to the priorities of strategic documents related to the Forest-Climate nexus (F-C nexus, see glossary), such as the New EU Forest Strategy (EU FS, which promotes “forest management practices within national policy frameworks to reduce emissions, sequester carbon and build forest resilience, by using EU funds and best knowledge”, European Commission, 2018), EUBS for 2030, UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), supporting the EU’s commitments for climate action foreseen under the PA, EGD, and EU Climate Adaptation Strategy. The development of Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF), seen as the missing link in the decarbonisation strategies, that increases climate benefits from forests in synergy with other needs, could contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement and the EGD, by finding the optimal trade-off between carbon up-take and other FES at user scale.
Read more about the policy and governance contexts here and here.
OptFor-EU will contribute to the targets of UN SDG 13 (Climate Action) and UN SDG 15 (Life on Land) by promoting the sustainable use of forest ecosystem services (FES), towards low-carbon and climate-resilient activities in Europe.
OptFor-EU methodology fully complies with the ‘do no significant harm’ principle within the meaning of Article 17 of the Taxonomy Regulation.
The project activities and its overall implementation will not:
(1) lead to significant GHG emissions,
(2) trigger adverse impact of the current climate and the expected future climate,
(3) be detrimental to the good status of water bodies,
(4) do significant harm to the circular economy, incl. waste prevention and recycling,
(5) lead to a significant increase of pollutants into the air, water or land,
(6) be detrimental to the good condition and resilience of ecosystems, or the conservation of habitats and species.
The knowledge exchange and uptake will be ensured through a Multi-Actor Approach. Various stakeholders will be engaged (co-design, co-production, and co-dissemination) in all demo cases and in all stages of the implementation. Are you part of one of our areas? Are you interested contributing to the project? Reach out to us!