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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.

What is mushroom picking worth? Data collection strategies and valuation methods in Catalonia

Mushroom picking is a growing recreational activity in Europe and has a rich history as a traditional practice in many areas across...

New SINCERE paper analyses the context for adopting payments for watershed services

Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular tool for watershed management, also in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the degree of PWS adoption varies...

New territory for non-wood forest products through INCREDIBLE cross-cutting initiative

Non-wood forest products (NWFPs) have considerable potential to play a role in nature-based tourism, generating income especially in inland and rural areas in the...

Community project in Solsona focusses on forest benefits for health and wellbeing

There is so much that we can learn from forests. They are valuable to support biodiversity, to provide resources for human needs,...

European experts collaborate on innovations in providing forest benefits

Involving the right people at the right time is key to the success of any new venture. Spurring INnovations for forest eCosystem...

Forests increase Earth’s carbon sequestration capacity

This article was originally posted on the CREAF Blog. Recently, terrestrial ecosystems have been absorbing 15-30% of CO2...

Forests for Human Health – Challenges and Opportunities

8 - 9 April 2019, Vienna, Austria. FOREST EUROPE and the Austrian Research Centre for Forests will hold...

Valuing forest ecosystem services: A training manual for planners and project developers

Forests and trees provide multiple ecosystem services that are crucial for human well-being and play a critical role in achieving the goals...

Ainata Al Arz opens its first hiking trail

Ainata Al Arz, a marginalised rural village in Lebanon, is characterised by its green nature: with multi-colorful fields between the valley of...

Promoting social integration through sustainable forestry

“You are here to have fun, and to enjoy the forest,” began Joachim Englert, shouting from where he stood, perched nobly with...

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