Including bio-economy aspects into the forest planning process in the countries of the Central Europe

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Jan Kaspar (Czech University of Life Sciences Prague) will be hosted by Dr Jyrki Kangas (School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland).

Jan lives in Prague and works at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. Forest management, harvest scheduling and optimization are the main subjects of his professional interest.

The forests play a central role in the bioeconomy: providing material, bioenergy, wealth and regulating and cultural ecosystem services. The bioeconomy of forests links the whole value chain from the management to use of forests. According to the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the bioeconomy is "... the sustainable use of renewable biological resources for industrial purposes, while ensuring biodiversity and environmental protection." State authorities and forest owners in the Czech Republic and other central European countries still fail to react to these global trends in forest management. Current planning processes are still based on the preference of the forest production function and a particular focus on pulp and paper products and wood products. The inclusion of other ecosystem services is unfortunately not guaranteed. Furthermore, planning includes only one part of the whole forest-based sector value chain regardless of sustainability issues and long-term effects on the bioeconomy. The objective of this short scientific visit is mainly to get information from leading experts in the field of bioeconomy and build a new schematic model for forest management planning in the Czech Republic under their supervision. Two first phases of modelling approach, defining the problem and creating the economic model, are the main objectives of project. The definition of the needed input and output information of the new planning approach will also be outputs. The model schema of the management will include all ecosystem services that could be provided by the forests, taking into account the long-term sustainability.