Policy pathways towards EU climate neutrality
Roadmap for EU forest sector contribution to carbon, biodiversity, and green economy goals
Mapping status and changes in EU forests
Near real-time monitoring of forests, carbon and biodiversity
Unlocking the EU forest potential to counteract climate change
Comprehensive assessment of forest-based mitigation and adaptation potentials
New Policy Modelling Toolbox for forest bioeconomy
Providing policy makers with efficient decision-making tools for climate action
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Navigating European forests and forest bioeconomy sustainably to EU climate neutrality
EU forests play a central role for achieving the EU climate neutrality goal: they cover 44% of the region’s land and absorb nearly 10% of its greenhouse gas emissions each year. This contribution is expected to grow in the future. However, due to increased demand for wood, more natural disturbances and forests reaching maturity, the rate of carbon removals from European forests has been declining in the past decade.
The ForestNavigator project assesses the climate mitigation potential of forests and forest-based sectors by modelling robust policy pathways, aligned with medium (2030) and long-term (2050) climate goals, and supporting EU and national decision makers. ForestNavigator applies integrated approaches combining observational data, policy expertise, and a range of advanced modelling tools to develop a Policy Modelling Toolbox, capable of addressing climate change impacts on coupled ecological and socioeconomic systems. The Toolbox relies on a near-real time monitoring of forests, carbon and biodiversity, and provides policy makers with efficient decision-making tools for climate action. With a primarily European scope, ForestNavigator zooms into carefully selected EU Member States to enhance the consistency of the EU and national pathways, and zooms out towards the global scale, for extra-EU future drivers and potential leakage effects.
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Fulvio Di Fulvio, PhD
(ForestNavigator Co-Principal Investigator)
“ForestNavigator develops the next generation Policy Modelling Toolbox to address the gap between the needs of decision makers and the capacity of current large-scale models supporting their policies.”
Andrey Lessa Derci Augustynczik
“Our approach combines forest data with multi scale biophysical modelling. This will help us to quantify pathways for the EU forest sector, which consider not only alternative carbon sequestration in the forest and wood products, but also synergies with other policy goals.”
Petr Havlík, PhD
(ForestNavigator Co-Principal Investigator)
“ForestNavigator will provide the EU and national policy makers with a unique decision-making platform enabling continuous dialogue between policy makers and scientists to support the contribution of sustainable forests to the ambitious EU climate action, also beyond the project’s lifetime.”
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First Stakeholder Board workshop will take place June 19-20, 2023 in Laxenburg, Austria
During the first workshop, we will discuss policy goals and pathways, forest management options, and implications for ecosystem services and markets.
A summary of the event and key conclusions will be available in the biannual Newsletter.
2nd Policy Steering Committee Meeting – April 2023
During our second meeting with EU and national policy makers, ForestNavigator work package leads presented and gathered feedback on the forest geodatabase, the EU policy tracker, the forest management options to be considered in ForestNavigator pathways and the EU Policy Modelling Forum concept. A summary of the meeting and key take-aways will be available in the biannual Newsletter.
ForestNavigator Project kicked off in October 2022
ForestNavigator (Navigating European forests and forest bioeconomy sustainably to EU climate neutrality) is a new ambitious pan-European research project coordinated by IIASA and funded under the Horizon Europe Program. It brings together experts from 24 research institutions to support the European Commission and national authorities in designing robust sectoral policies for achieving EU climate neutrality. The Kick-off Meeting took place at IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria 24/25 October 2022.