During the annual ForestNavigator consortium meeting (September 2023 in Laxenburg, Austria), members of the Policy Steering Committee (PSC) gave an update on important forestry policy developments at the EU level, and in two of the ForestNavigator case study countries Ireland and Sweden. They also provided relevant feedback for ForestNavigator work discussed during the annual consortium meeting.
On September 26-27, 2023, the ForestNavigator consortium met in Laxenburg, Austria for a General Assembly meeting to discuss the achievements of the first year and upcoming tasks.
On 25 September 2023, forest policy modellers participated in a preparatory meeting for the Forest Policy Modelling Forum (FPMF).
This workshop report summarizes the key findings and insights from the first stakeholder workshop of the Horizon Europe ForestNavigator, which took place on 19-20 June, 2023. The first workshop of a series brought together stakeholders from various fields and consortium members, establishing a key stakeholder group for the project to (1) co-develop alternative forest storylines that boost adaptation and mitigation in different EU regions (2) identify elements of cultural ecosystem services and trade-offs between different types of ecosystem services (3) provide suggestions to develop and improve a forest Policy Tracker. The stakeholders provided also feedback on the design of the ForestNavigator Portal and future wood demand scenarios from forest bioeconomy.
This report outlines the key outputs of all sessions, as well as the action points generated during the discussions with implications for the different work packages. It also sets out the next steps of the stakeholder engagement process that will follow in the upcoming year.
The ForestNavigator project presented at the IBFRA23 meeting in Helsinki. In front of an audience of researchers, managers, policymakers and members from the civil society, ForestNavigator coordinator Fulvio Di Fulvio (IIASA) explained the concept of the project in a poster.
In addition, ForestNavigator researcher Andrey Lessa (IIASA) presented his work on the use of deadwood as an indicator of forest management sustainability and Emil Cienciala (IFER) described the development of the forest carbon stock budget development following extreme drought. Moreover, Tord Snäll (SLU) discussed the impacts of future forest use on biodiversity, ecosystems and climate.
The ForestNavigator project will develop hands-on tools to support policy makers to weigh priorities in nature conservation, climate mitigation and the bioeconomy. Thank you, IBFRA, for organising a productive meeting!
ForestNavigator project will be presented at IBFRA in Helsinki, 28-31 August 2023.
The Horizon Europe ForestNavigator project will bring together a varied group of stakeholders at IIASA this week. They will discuss how they can help design robust policy pathways to achieve medium and long-term climate goals and support EU and national decision makers on the road to climate neutrality.
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ForestNavigator partners Climate Analytics and BOKU particpated at the CAP implementation workshop and highlighted the role of stakeholder engagement for ForestNavigator on 31st May 2023.
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 on the stakeholder page.