The future management of planted forests has to meet a number of challenges. The first challenge is certainly the need to adapt the design and management of planted forests to current climate changes, taking into account the continuous increase of abiotic risks (droughts, heat waves, forest fires, storms) and biotic risks (insect outbreaks, emerging diseases, biological invasions).
The European Institute of Planted Forest (IEFC) faces several challenges to operate in an environment where more and more pressure is being put on planted forests on multiple fronts such as: fuelling the bioeconomy, mitigating against climate change, adapting to climate change, resisting emerging pests and diseases, supporting fire prevention organisations and providing regulation services such as carbon, water, while at the same time retaining and conserving soil and biodiversity.
A total amount of €20000 to 4 or 5 projects will be distributed. This fund is available to IEFC members to facilitate cooperation within the network on any topic in line with the new strategy of IEFC.
The participation is possible for any IEFC full member. Associate members are excluded from the grant process. Non-member organisations can participate in the project but will not receive funding. A minimum of 2 IEFC members from 2 countries is required.
The Open Call will use an application form available and accessible on the Nextcloud platform, where the proposal and additional documentation can be submitted. Submit your proposal by 16 February 2024.