Towards an EU policy framework for forest ecosystem services

Monday 7 December 2020, 10 am to 12 pm CET, ONLINE event


The SINCERE Talks webinar series continues with an insightful debate on the changing policy framework at EU level for forest ecosystem services, organised jointly with the European Network Integrate. Speakers will come from DG Environment, CEPF, Eustafor, Fern and the Czech Ministry of Agriculture.

2020 has been a year of upheaval from the impacts of COVID-19, and also a year of renewal in the EU policy framework for forests, with the new EU Green Deal and the Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. 2021 is set to be another important year for the forest policy framework at EU level, with the upcoming EU Forest Strategy. What will the implications of the new policies be for the provision of forest ecosystem services? What do people working with forest ecosystem services on the ground consider essential in the future policy framework to increase the resilience and sustainability of Europe’s forests?

This policy debate, hosted jointly by the SINCERE project and the European Network Integrate, brings together EU policy makers and forest stakeholders to reflect on 2020 and look ahead to what 2021 can do for forests, people and the economy. SINCERE Innovation Action partners are testing novel policies and business models for forest ecosystem services across Europe and beyond, including ways for forests to be managed for multiple ecosystem services, and many forest and conservation practitioners connected to the European Network Integrate are working with integrated forest management approaches. Practitioners, managers and researchers will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with policy makers, and explore some “Christmas & New Year Wishes” for an EU policy framework that supports both management and innovations for multiple forest ecosystem services.

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SINCERE is a four-year project to develop novel policies and new business models for forest ecosystem services. It is funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The European Network Integrate promotes the integration of nature conservation into sustainable forest management. It connects almost 20 member countries and supports 100 demonstration sites for integrated forest management. Its secretariat is currently funded by the German BMEL

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Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe (SINCERE), a project coordinated by the European Forest Institute, advances innovative mechanisms, including novel policies and business models, which support the provision of Forest Ecosystem Services across Europe and beyond. Innovations developed through SINCERE explore new means to enhance such services in ways that benefit forest owners as well as serving broad societal needs.