InnoForESt seeks to spark a transformation of the European forest sector by stimulating innovations for the sustainable supply and financing of forest ecosystem services.

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European forests provide a broad range of ecosystem goods and services vital to society, however their sustainable provision remain challenging. InnoForESt is a European project funded by the Horizon 2020-Innovation Action to further explore the delivery of forest ecosystem services and foster the development of innovative policy, management, and business solutions. The project brings together a consortium of five European universities, seven environmental and forestry agencies, seven NGOs and a variety of SMEs, forest owners and networks.

InnoForESt will support the governance of viable innovations and a multi-actor network by building on pioneer policy tools and business models, by establishing new alliances, and by involving key stakeholders from forest and forest-related policy, administration and business.

The project is based on six representative case studies. They focus on successful policy and business initiatives as pioneer innovations and represent a range of biogeographical regions of European forests. This cases are used to develop similar innovations, building on and simultaneously upscaling existing innovations. This will lead to the more coordinated, efficient and sustainable governance and financing of forest ecosystem services in Europe.

InnoForESt Innovations in Focus

Value Chains for Forests
and Wood – Austria

Increase value-added in regional wood processing

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Habitat Bank – Finland

A novel payment scheme for biodiversity conservation

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Waldaktie – Germany

“Forest Shares”: A new payment scheme for climate protection

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Forest Pasture System Management – Italy

Active forest management guaranteeing the maintenance of multiple forest functions

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Collective Governance of Ecosystem Services – Slovakia/Czech Republic

Collective action for climate regulation and further benefits

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Love the Forest – Sweden

Enhancing fascination for the Swedish forest

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