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.

RoK-FOR - Sustainable Forest Management Providing Renewable Energy, Sustainable Construction and Bio-based Products

RoK-FOR is a Coordination Action of five regional research-driven clusters from six European countries: Germany (Baden-Württemberg); Finland (North Karelia); Spain (Catalonia), and the cross-border clusters from Croatia-Serbia and France-Spain (Aquitaine-Basque).

The Lookout Station

The Lookout Station is a new initiative by EFI that connects media and science communities around the topic of climate change, with ‘digital innovation’ as the backbone. To tackle the challenges that prevent collaboration between science and the media, the Lookout Station will offer programmes that target both communities. It supports the media to produce engaging science-based stories about climate change with new tools.

STAR TREE - Multipurpose Trees and Non-Wood Forest Products, a Challenge and Opportunity

Lack of information, capacities and knowledge at different stages of the non-wood forest products (NWFP) value chain, often prevents realising the full potential of NWFP and multi-purpose trees (MPT) in generating wealth in rural areas in the context of a bio-based European economy.  The goal of this project is to provide better understanding, knowledge, guidance and tools to support relevant stakeholders in optimising the management of MPT and developing innovative approaches for increasing the marketability and profitability of NWFP for a more competitive rural economy.

SUFAREL - Qualifications Framework for Sustainable Forestry and Lifelong Learning

SUFAREL focused on improvement of the quality of Russian (RU) higher professional education in forestry by development of the Qualification Framework (QF) in sustainable forestry and lifelong learning (LLL) in cooperation between RU and EU Universities. Proposed activities will bring to harmonization of the forestry degree programs in RU to the standards of EU partners based on the principles of lifelong learning, labour markets requirements, ECTS, and integration.

SUMFOREST - Tackling the challenges in sustainable and multifunctional forestry through enhanced research coordination for policy decisions

The SUMFOREST ERA-Net project aimed to enhance co-operation and coordination of forest research activities carried out at regional and national levels, and to build new cooperation arrangements with EU neighbourhood regions, in order to reduce fragmentation and maximise the impact of research activities on sustainable forest management and multifunctional forestry.

More specifically, SUMFOREST was instrumental in creating a European forest research area in forest research that comprises:

VALERIE - VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry

The four year EU FP7 project Valerie (VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry) started on 1 January and the kick off meeting took place 16-17 January in Wageningen, the Netherlands. This project brings together 14 partners from 6 countries across Europe.

Many EU and nationally funded research projects in the fields of agriculture and forestry provide excellent results, but the outreach and translation of these results and bringing them into practice is limited.