Project Details

Title: FUTUREforest - Woodlands for Climate Change
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Natural and technological risks (including climate change)

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2008 - 31st Dec 2011
Website: http://www.futureforest.eu


Total budget: €1,899,320.00
ERDF contribution: €1,492,022.82

Lead partner

Ministry for Infrastruture and Agriculture
Henning von Tresckowstr. 2-8
14467, Potsdam

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    • Contact Person: Christian Hohm
      Phone: +49-331-8668849
      Fax: +49-331-275488849

Project summary

The project will contribute to achieve the objectives of the European Union for growth, jobs and sustainable development (Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas) by exchange and dissemination of experience, transfer of practices and development of new approaches related to forestry. Resulting in improved knowledge and skills, successful transfer of practices and improved regional and local policies and strategies.

The Community Strategic Guidelines for Cohesion Policy 2007-2013, which aim to balance the objectives growth and jobs on the one hand and territorial cohesion on the other hand, are also respected as the outputs and results of the project will be made available to all European regions.

The project aims to ensure that future European forests continue to deliver multiple benefits and to leave future generations forests that are well adapted and resilient to natural risks, including effects of climate change. The project will improve our knowledge on how forestry mitigates the effects

of climate change on water balance, soil, biodiversity, and timber and non-timber forest products, its role in carbon sequestration and how to prevent forests from natural risks like fires, pests and pathogens. It will do this by the exchange, sharing and transfer of policy experience, knowledge and good practices through interregional co-operation so providing political decision makers and other stakeholders in all European regions with the knowledge and tools that enable them to decide on effective forestry policies and forest management practices.

The partnership consists of six regional public forestry authorities, one regional association and one national public forestry authority from seven EU Member States. (1) Ministry of Rural Development, Environment and Consumer Protection of the Federal State of Brandenburg, Germany, (short: Brandenburg); (2) Forestry Commission Wales, United Kingdom, ( Wales); (3) French Forestry Office, Auvergne Office, France ( Auvergne);

(4) Forest Management Service, Catalonia, Spain, (Catalonia); (5) State Forestry Agency/Regional Forestry Directorates Veliko Tarnovo, Pazardjik, Smoljan and Kardjali, Bulgaria, (Bulgaria), (6) Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvia (Latvia) and (7) the Slovak Environmental Agency, Presov branch (SEA), (8) Association for Education of Sabinov, Slovakia (AES). The six regional authorities and AES have direct links to local administrations in their regions and are capable to influence local policies. The only national project partner is Latvia but this country is not divided into regions. Therefore the minstry can directly influence local policies in the framework of its responsibilities. The partner organisations have proven experience in the issues tackled by the planned project. The 7 regions are characterised by different climatic and edaphic conditions. This facilitates the transfer of the project results to other European regions.

Project achievements

To understand better constraints and instruments partners highly appreciated the monthly visits between Feb und Sep 2009 during the first phase of the project "seeing is believing" because on average 30 to 40 experts from all 7 regions gained a detailed understanding how much forest management and necessary adaptations to climate change may differ from country to country. The conference in Barcelona in Oct 2009 between 1st and 2nd phase offered the opportunity to 150 forestry experts to exchange on the different findings and to sum up which challenges must be met in water management, biodiversity imporvement, carbon sequestration, soil protection, risk management, timber production and communication. A first political declaration of all partners was signed by high ranking representatives. Possible activities to make forests structure, use of timber, soil functions, biodiversity and water management resilient to climate change were listed and priorities were marked to find common and

differingpriorities of the regions. Partners changed their method of further worke as they noticed that all forest functions are very much related to each other and must be considered together. The system dynamics "sensitivity" model developed by Prof. Vester from Munich proved to be a method which supported better definition of aspects and description of interlinkages. Several influencing variables were identified in following workshops in Potsdam (Dec 2009) and Clermont (Feb 2010). After extensive work in Brandenburg 11 influences were aggregated. Partners have discussed these influences for their respective regions- In Parallel they discussed their experiences with financing forest policies, organising forest management, adapting the legal basis and improving the role of forests in int. climate change policy during a well attend seminra in Riga (Oct 2010). On May 27th 2010 Brandenburg presented its experiences in forest protection together with partrners in the committeee of regions

together with experts from DG Environment. 13 good practices guides have been worked out and were published during the Cardiff conference in Nov 2010. Partners from Auvergne could participate in the finalization of the biodiversity strategy for their own region which was presented by leading politicians during the workshop in Clermont. Latvian forest policy could be directed towards sustainable forest management which was disseminated through various events throgh 2010 and 2011. Climate change policies with regard to forest protection could also be supported in Catalonia where the Spanish position to the Green paper was developed on June 1st 2010. Due to the role of forests in its national economy Latvia was highly interested to gain a position to acknowledge the carbon binding ability of forests which was done in Riga Oct 2010. Cardiff conference in Nov 2010 presented extensive know-how on that subject. The basis of a PC-game was workd out by workshops in Clermont and Bristol in 2011

which Brandenburg has finally finished. Partners worked together on the common policy document which was published on the occasion of an int. conference in the European Parliament in Sep 2011. It was a unique experience to deliver all findings in the European Parliament with an audience of forestry specialists and MEPs being responsible for the policies in forestry. It was very useful to cooperate on that very occasion with an organization well aware of all activities in the field of sustainable development: ebcd and to have the support of the cepf-family forestry association- and the WWF office in Brussels asking for a forestry offering more sustainability. MEPs were delighted by the activities on the regional and national level demonstrating the true impact FUTUREforest has had to make foresters and politicians aware on the necessity to improve forestry in many aspects supporting resilience for the future.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Ministry for Infrastruture and Agriculture, Potsdam GERMANY Brandenburg - Südwest +49-331-8668849
Forestry Commission Wales, Aberystwyth UNITED KINGDOM West Wales and The Valleys +44-845-6040845
French Forestry Office, Lempdes FRANCE Auvergne +33-471066470
Government of Catalonia, Department of environment, Barcelona SPAIN Cataluña +34-93-5674200
Executive Forest Agency, SOFIA BULGARIA Yugozapaden +359 2 985 11 525
Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia, Riga LATVIA Latvija +371-67027548
Slovak Environmental Agency, Presov SLOVAKIA Vychodne Slovensko +421-51-7480112
The Association For Education of Sabinov, Sabinov SLOVAKIA Vychodne Slovensko +421 915 951 418


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