Project

FORMIT - FORest management strategies to enhance the MITigation potential of European forests

FORMIT develops key criteria, know-how and methodologies for assessing forest management strategies that explicitly focus on the mitigation potential of European forests, taking into account regional differences.

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The FORMIT project aims to assess the mitigation potential of European forests. While ecosystem management has been the main driver in forest management, recent research suggests that climate change will become the new driving factor influencing the sustainability of forest ecosystem services. Since forests sequester about 26% of greenhouse gas emissions and reduce CO2 concentration by about 30% (Friedlinstein, 2008; Pan et al., 2011), it is essential that our forests are managed to maintain and even expand their mitigation potential.

Objectives

The specific FORMIT project goals are as follows:

  • to assess the potential for carbon sequestration in different regions of Europe, taking into account historical development in forest use and forest management;
  • to assess the mitigation potential of forest management strategies, including carbon storage in forest products, substitution of fossil fuels, and substitution of high-emission building material in these regions;
  • to assess the trade-offs between (i) forest carbon sequestration and mitigation through forest management, (ii) the production of forest products, including wood and bio-energy production and (iii) the production of other goods and services, such as berries or cork, biodiversity conservation, soil protection, water quality, flood prevention, and recreation;
  • to develop scenarios and pathways for carbon sequestration in forests in Europe, including measures and management strategies for climate change mitigation, taking into account regional differences in Europe, potential climate change impacts, and changes in species composition.

Results

The FORMIT project will develop key criteria, know-how and methodologies for assessing forest management strategies that explicitly focus on the mitigation potential of European forests, taking into account regional differences. We will investigate the associated risk and conflicting or even contradicting issues in managing forest for carbon mitigation.

More information

For more information please visit the FORMIT website.