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Ecosystem services are the “benefits people obtain from ecosystems”1 or “nature’s contribution to people.”2 Managing forests with a focus on ecosystem services presents new opportunities to preserve services like carbon sequestration and soil protection, as well as valuing and protecting intangible benefits provided by forest ecosystems, including recreation, health and cultural services.

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Spontaneous forest regrowth in Southwest Europe: Friend or Foe?

Think about a natural space that is familiar to you. Open areas around your city, agricultural land around your village, or pastureland...

Forest management in the Mediterranean key to ecosystem services provision

Forests in the Mediterranean basin have historically contributed to human well-being and to national economies by providing multiple...
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SINCERE Talks series kicks off with a focus on forests and water

Forests and water are intricately linked. But the relationships between them are complex and are changing with the changing climate. The first...
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When nature meets the divine: Religious rules protect sacred forests

Sacred forests are found all over the world; they are not restricted to any religion or belief system. They are wooded areas...

What are the training needs and challenges in the Green Care sector?

The Green4C project aims to organise diverse activities such as an online training course, a business innovation challenge, a specialisation school and...

SINCERE Talks webinar #1: Forests and water

The European project SINCERE (Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem sERvices in Europe), funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, is organising its first webinar...

IUCN virtual launch: Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

After a successful global consultation, the first version of the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) is now finalised and will be...

Forest management key to enhancing Mediterranean ecosystem services

Key relevant ecosystem services provided by Mediterranean forests in Catalonia region show lower values of potential supply nowadays than in 1990. During...

SINCERE PES paper sparks discussion in Nature Sustainability

The original paper From principles to practice in paying for nature’s services, led to a critical response from Esteve Corbera (UAB) and his...

SINCERE PES scheme supports landscape and biodiversity preservation

From Autumn 2020, visitors of Ruka-Kuusamo area have the possibility to contribute to preserving the region’s beautiful landscapes and biodiversity through the...

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Spontaneous forest regrowth in Southwest Europe: Friend or Foe?

Think about a natural space that is familiar to you. Open areas around your city, agricultural land around your village, or pastureland...

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