All 20 partners from 14 different countries and representatives from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovation will gather for the first time.
SLU and the Department of Forest Resource Management, SLU Umeå, is the lead partner of INTEGRAL. The project has a duration of 4 years and has received funding by 7 million euro from the Seventh Framework Programme for Research within the area of Sustainable management of resources. All partners will cooperate to put forward a coherent policy process for integrated management of European forest landscapes. The challenge is to meet the different demands for ecosystem services.
“It is tremendously exciting to lead this venture which embraces the most important forest environments in Europe. The research will be applied in a total of 20 landscapes in 10 European countries that differ in key characteristics, such as ownership, the importance of forestry and forest-based industries and the priorities of allocation and management of new and existing forestlands. We will give the possibility to both local and national stakeholder groups all the way through the project, they play a decisive role, and I think this was a central element in the selecting of our project in tough competition with other applications”, says professor Ola Eriksson, project coordinator.
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