On the 1st of November, the INTEGRAL project (Future-oriented integrated management of European forest landscapes), funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union, has started. The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy group of Wageningen University is one of the key partners in this research
This project, with 20 partners from 14 different European countries, focuses on the vital environmental and socio-economic role of European forests. These forests are well documented and acknowledged in policy documents of both the European Union and its member states. Nevertheless there is a need to improve existing policy and management approaches due to incoherencies within and between trans-national, national and local forest related land use policies and mismatches between the policies and their implementation at the landscape level. Providing a new policy and management approach that that delivers a better balance between multiple and conflicting demands for forest goods and services is the main objective of INTEGRAL. The challenge is to meet the different social demands for multiple forest ecosystems.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.