Alternative models and robust decision-making for future forest management

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details


    European forests are expected to provide a broad range of ecosystem services (ES). This capacity is however threatened by the uncertainties of climate change, the complex dynamics of evolving global markets and the pressures for increased use of bioenergy. Such challenges cannot be effectively addressed with an uncritical regional or national commitment to traditional forest management models (FMMs), as these are unlikely to ensure the sustained long-term provisioning of desired ES, let alone their optimised delivery. ALTERFOR’s goal is thus to facilitate the implementation of FMMs better suited to meeting the challenges of the 21st century by: (1) Identifying and developing FMMs robust in their capacity to deliver ES and overcome projected socio-ecological risks and uncertainties; (2) Assessing the impact of different FMM combinations in terms of resultant ES baskets on the European and landscape level, and (3) Facilitating the implementation of desired FMMs and improving cross-national knowledge transfer regarding their benefits, costs, management, and utilization. The project will involve a consortium of 19 organisations from nine countries chosen due to their possession of the transdisciplinary expertise necessary to achieve these objectives, and for ensuring an encompassing representation of Europe’s socio-economic conditions and prevailing forest management paradigms. Based on carefully designed case studies, the consortium will make sure realistic models of forest owner behaviour are employed; guarantee the involvement of forest stakeholders throughout the project; anchor the desired FMMs to relevant forest actors; and help disseminate project findings to local, national and European stakeholders. The main long-term impact of ALTERFOR is the implementation of FMMs that secure the capacity of Europe’s forests to continue providing a balanced ES basket that societies will depend upon over the coming century.
    Effective start/end date1/04/1630/09/20

    Research Output

    Forest decision support systems for the analysis of ecosystem services provisioning at the landscape scale under global climate and market change scenarios

    Nordström, E-M., Nieuwenhuis, M., Başkent, E. Z., Biber, P., Black, K., Borges, J. G., Bugalho, M. N., Corradini, G., Corrigan, E., Eriksson, L. O., Felton, A., Forsell, N., Hengeveld, G., Hoogstra-Klein, M., Korosuo, A., Lindbladh, M., Lodin, I., Lundholm, A., Marto, M., Masiero, M. & 6 others, Mozgeris, G., Pettenella, D., Poschenrieder, W., Sedmak, R., Tucek, J. & Zoccatelli, D., Aug 2019, In : European Journal of Forest Research. 138, 4, p. 561-581

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 17 Citations (Scopus)

    Actual European forest management by region, tree species and owner based on 714,000 re-measured trees in national forest inventories

    Schelhaas, M-J., Fridman, J., Hengeveld, G. M., Henttonen, H. M., Lehtonen, A., Kies, U., Krajnc, N., Lerink, B., Ní Dhubháin, Á., Polley, H., Pugh, T. A. M., Redmond, J. J., Rohner, B., Temperli, C., Vayreda, J., Nabuurs, G-J. & Hanewinkel, M., 12 Nov 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 11, e0207151.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 11 Citations (Scopus)

    Reconsidering silviculture to meet challenges to European forests: Alternatives models and robust decision-making for future forest management (ALTERFOR)

    Eriksson, L., Brukas, V., Stevanov, M., Riemer, A., Tuček, J., Hoogstra-Klein, M. A., Wallertz, K. & Agestam, E., 2018, Horizon 2020 . 11 p. (ALTERFOR Policy brief; no. 1)

    Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

    Open Access


    • 1 Participation in or organising a workshop, seminar, course

    1st WP4 ALTERFOR Workshop

    Bas Arts (Speaker)

    16 Sep 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in or organising a workshop, seminar, courseOther