While the threats caused by climate change are beginning to be well-known amongst stakeholders concerned with forests and even the general public, the need to increase the resilience of our forests and especially the value chains depending on them has gained less attention. Therefore, both proper advice and related tools for forest owners and managers, policy makers and the wood-based industry are lacking.
That gap of knowledge is exactly what we are going to tackle with RESONATE, a Horizon2020 project funded by the European Commission with 20 partner institutions from 12 different European countries. Coordinated by the European Forest Institute, we have started the project in April 2021 and will run it for four years. We research on the resilience of the European forest sector, raise awareness about forest resilience and provide best practice examples and tailor-made solutions to all stakeholders.
RESONATE aims to generate the needed knowledge and practices for making European forests, the services they provide, and related economic activities more resilient to future climate change and disturbances.
Forest resilience research
In RESONATE we investigate how past and current site factors and management affect the resilience of the forest system in different forest types and management systems across Europe.
Based on scenario analysis, foresight studies with active stakeholder engagement, and policy analysis, we will develop response strategies to enhance both forest & forest value chain resilience.
RESONATE aims to highlight and balance trade-offs in decision making to deliver user-oriented recommendations and decision support.