Stakeholder outreach and engagement
Lead Partner: BOKU
WP 1 developed and uses a multilayered stakeholder engagement strategy through which we collect and analyse EU and national level stakeholders needs and inform on forest policy pathways. The stakeholder engagement includes:
- The Stakeholder Board;
- The Policy Steering Committee, an advisory board of policy makers;
- The “EU Forest Policy Modelling Forum”, a community of modellers and policy makers.
Data fusion for monitoring and modelling of forest carbon and biodiversity
Lead Partner: GFZ
WP2 generates state-of-the-art and continuously updated integrated data streams, which is the starting point for greenhouse gases inventories and forward-looking models.
This work involves the:
- Development of an EU-wide forest geodatabase;
- Integration of remote sensing products, field data and statistics for assessing EU forest carbon stock status and change;
- Provision of a near real-time yearly updates of forest coverage and disturbances;
- Enhancement quality and frequency of greenhouse gas inventory reporting.
Understanding forest dynamics under climate change
Lead Partner: BOKU
WP3 develops biophysical models to:
- Screen, develop and select forest management strategies for adaptation and mitigation in EU forests;
- Model forest growth and carbon sequestration under environmental change;
- Model natural disturbances and their effects on forest carbon stocks;
- Assess the carbon sequestration potential from afforestation, restoration and forest management.
Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Lead Partner: LMU
WP4 assesses impacts of mitigation and adaptation strategies on climate regulation, biodiversity and ecosystem services, by:
- Modeling the impact of forest management strategies and environmental change on biodiversity;
- Including local climate regulation feedback dynamics from afforestation and forest management through Earth Systems models;
- Enhancing the modelling of costs for forest management and green jobs;
- Creating a framework for evaluating monetary values for recreational and cultural forest services.
Harvested wood products and bioeconomy
Lead Partner: UHE
WP5 focuses on demands from the bioeconomy and their mitigation potentials by quantifying the following:
- Scenarios of future biomass demands for materials and energy;
- Harvested wood products biogenic emissions and removals;
- Substitution marginal impacts for materials and energy;
- Green growth and employment.
Policy Modeling Toolbox
Lead Partner: E3M
WP6 develops an integrated modelling toolbox for impact assessment of forest-based climate mitigation pathways, through the:
- Development of the next generation forest policy models, which integrate climate change and natural disturbances and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
- Alignment of EU and national models;
- Quantification of an EU and national forest sector baseline scenario;
- Development of economy-wide cross-sectoral modelling of forest-based mitigation options.
Exploratory Scenarios on the role of EU forests in carbon neutrality
Lead Partner: IIASA
WP7 explores a set of climate mitigation pathways for the EU forest sector, which:
- Evaluate and quantify pathways for alternative carbon sequestration in forests and wood products;
- Evaluate and quantify pathways showing synergies with biodiversity and sustainability goals;
- Evaluate and quantify pathways considering adaptations to enhance permanent carbon stocks;
- Evaluate EU pathways in the global context by considering trade partners objectives;
- Develop methods to assess the robustness across the exploratory pathways.
Policy pathways and their implementation
Lead Partner: IEEP
WP8 aligns climate mitigation pathways with policy targets, through:
- Setting a policy reference scenario;
- Developing integrated EU and national pathways towards medium and long-term policy goals;
- Setting up procedures for near real-time update of modelling and pathways timely corrections;
- Providing guidance for the implementation of forest policy pathways towards climate neutrality.
Lead Partner: CA
WP9 develops a web portal to ensure effective dissemination of project results to target stakeholders by:
- Designing and building the technical infrastructure behind the portal;
- Implementing and documenting the databases and models used by the consortium on the portal;
- Co-designing, collecting feedback and refining web-based services for an interactive exploration of data and policy-relevant pathways.
Outreach and dissemination
Lead Partner: ARTTIC
WP10, based on its communication and dissemination strategy, coordinates the project´s communication and dissemination activities, which:
- Provides the consortium and stakeholders with high-quality communication materials;
- Leads communication of the ForestNavigator project and dissemination of its results;
- Supports exploitation planning and sustainable impact.
Coordination and management
Lead Partner: IIASA
WP11 provides an effective management framework for the consortium, to ensure:
- The achievement of project objectives and contractual commitments;
- Coordination of activities with other relevant projects.