Deliverables and Milestones

WP1: "D1.1 – FMM descriptions"

This report maps Forest Management Models (FMMs) that are applied on 10 Case Study Areas (CSAs) within 9 countries of the ALTERFOR consortium, namely: Germany (2 CSAs), Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey. Besides the description of their main silvicultural features, FMMs are ranked according to their capacity to provide different ecosystem services. In addition, available technology and knowhow and restrictions set by legislation were described in a so called “Technological landscape” analysis.

WP1: "D1.2 – Alternative Forest Management Models for ten Case Study Areas in Europe"

This report provides details about the alternative forest management models (FMMs) that the project partners identified at stand level. The overview of the results shows that concern for biodiversity is among most frequent rationales for alternative FMMs in all areas, followed by increased timber production for mainly economic reasons. Regulatory ecosystem services and especially protection of water is another frequent motivation. Many of the alternative FMMs aim at raising the proportion of broadleaves in mixed species stands whereas monocultures of broadleaves are more unusual.

WP1: "MS2 FMM descriptions"

This report has two primary aims. Internally, it serves the ALTERFOR partners by establishing an overview of prevailing silvicultural practices that will be used as the benchmark descriptions when examining the alternative FMMs at the later stages of the project. Externally, the thorough and systematic mapping of current FMMs might serve any reader interested in approaches to forest management as currently applied under a variety of ecological and socio-economic conditions on the European continent.

WP2: „MS6 Global and country specific prospective scenarios”

These scenarios, provided by the Austrian partner IIASA, cover a wide range of future trajectories for global development of climate change mitigation, economic growth, population development and overall use of natural resources. The forest modellers will utilize the scenarios to upgrade the different decision support systems used in the participating countries mainly in terms of climate modelling, forest owner behaviour, and ecosystem service provision.

WP3: "MS9 - Quality standard to be met  by the upgraded DSSs"

This document sets out the (minimum) standard for the DSSs used in the ALTERFOR project. The standard relates to the capabilities of the DSSs of incorporating the following aspects:

  • Variable timber and biomass pricing
  • Climate change impact modelling
  • Forest owner behaviour modelling
  • Spatial specificity
  • Ecosystem services modelling

WP3: "D3.2 – Synthesis report: discrepancies between ES needs and ES outputs under current FMMs"

This document consists of three main parts. The first part provides a cross-country overview of selected important DSS output variables and their projected development under current FMMs over 100 years. This part is intended to allow readers to get familiar with the basic information which was used by the LCCs and ES experts for producing their assessments. These assessments are presented in the second part to the full extent. In the third part, the authors come to a synthesis taking on the title of this paper, asking for potential discrepancies between ES needs and ES outputs under current FMMs.

WP3: "D3.3 Proceedings from open workshop"

This document presents an overview over the central topics of the ALTERFOR workshop arranged by WP3 at the IUFRO LandMan conference in Prague organised by the Czech University of Life Sciences 17-19 September 2018. 

WP4: “D4.1 Report on actors driving FMMs in selected European countries”

ALTERFOR explores the potential to optimise forest management models currently in use in different forested areas in European countries. For this reason, the research partners in the participating countries have studied the stakeholders´ interests in the case study areas and their power resources. The case studies show that forest management challenges in the 21st century might require new and adapted forest management models, which optimize the ecosystem service basket provided by forests. Especially the challenges resulting from climate change and the increasing importance of renewable energy sources provided by forests impact forest management in the many of the case study areas. In several cases, catastrophic events (like forest fires or windfalls), related to climate change, constitute a major threat.

WP5: "D5.12 Policy Brief 1 Reconsidering silviculture to meet challenges to European forests"

This policy brief presents a selection of findings on the current challenges to European forests and desirable silvicultural alternatives for meeting those challenges. It starts by recapping findings from three selected ALTERFOR countries – Portugal, Slovakia and the Netherlands – to exemplify the main silvicultural challenges, options and implementation hurdles. Policy implications are then derived from the comprehensive data set acquired by ALTERFOR.

WP5: "D5.14 Individualised communication materials supporting stakeholder involvement: Actors driving forest management"

The research project ALTERFOR explores the potential to optimise forest management models currently in use in different forested areas in European countries. For this reason, the interests of stakeholders in the Case Study Areas and their power resources have been studied. To gain new insight on forest stakeholders’ power resources and interests in forest ecosystem services, researchers conducted a stakeholder analysis by interviewing different stakeholders from public, private and civil society, and by reading relevant literature.

WP5: "D5.15 Individualised communication materials supporting stakeholder involvement: Information material for the stakeholder workshop in Portugal " 

This information sheet (in Portuguese) was developed by the ALTERFOR research team to support the interaction with local actors within the second wokshop in Porto. The main goal of the event was to elicit from stakeholders preferences regarding target values for the ecosystem services in the CSA.