Explore the field
Forest and nature areas are complex land use systems under increasing ecological, social and economic pressure at different scales. On a local level, exploitation of biological resources, changes in hydrological and other environmental conditions and different stakeholder interests, are important. On a global level, sustainable management has to deal with climate change, deforestation, resource degradation, the demand for biodiversity and ecotourism.
Aim of the programme
It will be a major challenge to maintain the economic viability of forests and nature areas, while at the same time ensuring that it provides the non-market goods and services that are increasingly in demand. It is therefore important that together we increase our understanding on functioning and processes in forest and nature areas, so that they can be utilized and conserved in a sustainable manner.