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Categories of European Forest Types

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computer-based tools which provide support to solve ill-structured decision problems by integrating database management systems with analytical and operational research models, graphic display, tabular reporting capabilities, and the expert knowledge of scientists, managers, and decision makers.

For the OptFor-EU DSS we will use a toolbox approach, where the different decision support tools will be designed to assist decision making in the various case studies.

A novel set of indicators that will help characterise the potential for forest decarbonisation across all scales. They can be used to guide mitigation and adaptation measures, and to quantify the role of FMP for enhancing the capacity to mitigate climate change. Finally, they can provide evidence on the impacts of FMP and associated NBS on FES, including decarbonisation potential. The concept is inspired by the World Meteorological Organisation’s Essential Climate Variables.

The EFT is a nomenclature, enabling comparison  throughout Europe of forests growing in similar ecological  conditions and levels of  anthropogenic modification,  independent of national  borders; it provides an  harmonised classification for  pan‑European‑level  assessments of sustainable forest management (SFM), by  offering ecologically  meaningful units to reference  and report national data on SFM indicators.
The European forest types are organised according to a hierarchical classification  system structured into 14 first level  classes (categories) and 75  second level classes (types). The classification applies only to forest land as defined in FAO (2004) and growing in  MCPFE countries. Other wooded lands are not  presently covered by the  European forest types.
Source: https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/technical_report_2006_9

Interactions and interdependencies between forests and climate, including physical, ecological, social, economic and political systems, taking into account the role of forests in mitigating – adapting to climate and environmental change.

Direct and indirect contributions of forest ecosystems to human well-being, including:

(A) supporting services that maintain the conditions for life on Earth, e.g., biodiversity, and genetic diversity,

(B) provisioning services, e.g., preservation and enhancement of carbon stocks and sinks, renewable resources for a circular and sustainable bioeconomy,

(C) regulating and maintenance services, e.g., regulation of climate, soil quality and hydrological processes and

(D) cultural services, e.g., spiritual, recreational and cultural benefits.

An entry point for sharing information with the forest community on Europe’s forest environment, its state and development. FISE brings together data, information and knowledge gathered or derived through key forest-related policy drivers.


“a planned process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human wellbeing in deforested or degraded landscapes”

(WWF and IUCN, 2000).

“A forest stand is a contiguous community of trees sufficiently uniform in composition, structure, age, size, class, distribution, spatial arrangement, site quality, condition, or location to distinguish it from adjacent communities. A forest is a “collection of stands” also utilizing the practices of forestry.”

(Sources: Nyland, Ralph D. (2007). Silviculture: concepts and applications (2nd ed.). Prospect Heights: Waveland Press. And Nyland, Ralph D. (2007). Silviculture: concepts and applications (2nd ed.). Prospect Heights: Waveland Press. p. 5.)