Information on forests is essential for the implementation of EU environmental policies as forests play a key role in aspects related to the protection of European ecosystems, biodiversity, the sustainable use of natural resources, carbon sequestration and climate change.
The FOREST project focuses on analysing the role that forests play in providing economic (e.g. timber, biomass for renewable energy, etc.) and ecological services (biodiversity, soil and water protection, etc.), supporting the EU eco-industry and bio-economy in a transition to a greener Europe.
One of our main activities is the development of forest models and information systems in forestry, enabling improved access throughd the Forest Information System for Europe (FISE
) - the focal point / information hub for forest information in Europe. Forest data, information and models will be built in compliance with the guidelines of the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE
) and in synergy with relevant knowledge-gathering initiatives such as the ClimateAdapt portal and the Open Data Portal of the EC. This contributes to the reporting for international commitments such as the Ministerial Conference of the Protection of Forest in Europe (FOREST EUROPE
), the Food and Agriculture Organization's Global Forest Resource Assessment (GFRA
) and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD
The European population and its socio-economic interests impose great pressure on Europe's forests. As a result of this, forests are subject to fragmentation, atmospheric pollution, and degradation, as well as being vulnerable to forest fires. The FOREST Project will monitor the status and trends of forests in relation to forest extent and fragmentation, forest species distribution and the influence of climate change in order to ensure sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services. We will analyse forest management options that enhance forest adaptation and mitigation, especially in the context of LULUCF (Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry).
The development of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) continues under the EU Copernicus program. Specific analysis of critical damage caused by fires to human assets and protected areas (e.g. Natura 2000 sites) will be conducted in support to the implementation of the EU Solidarity Fund. The activities on the expansion of EFFIS to other non-EU, North African and Middle-East (MENA) continue in view of the development of a Global Wildfire Information System, supporting initiatives such as GOFC and GEOSS.