FuGo! - New frontiers in global forest governance – from lessons learnt to future options

A huge variety of global forest governance initiatives exists today.  All of them follow distinct rationales of how forest governance should operate. These initiatives have, however, not been able to reverse trends of deforestation and forest degradation in the tropics, despite this being the main objective for many of them. Existing instruments like REDD+ and FLEGT are facing major obstacles throughout the design and implementation process.

LULUCF support - Technical Support for capacity building in Member States to implement Forest Reference Levels and improvements of greenhouse gas inventories

The aim of the project is to provide bilateral technical support to specific Member States in the preparation of the national forest action plans and forest reference levels. Through a capacity building objective, EFI will provide technical support and help two Member States to identify technical solutions and practical approaches that they can use to develop their FRLs, as well as help to strengthen the capacity within the Member States for undertaking the requirements of the new Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation.

OPERAS - Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications

OPERAS aims to improve the understanding of how Ecosystem Services/Natural Capital (ES/NC) concepts may contribute to human well-being in different social-ecological systems in inland and coastal zones, in rural and urban areas, related to different ecosystems including forests and fresh water resources. The OPERAs research will establish whether, how and under what conditions the ES/NC concepts can move beyond the academic domain towards practical implementation in support of sustainable ecosystem management.