ManFor C.BD. project (English)

Project title: Managing forests for multiple purposes: carbon, biodiversity and socio-economic wellbeing ManFor C.BD.

Funding: 5’029’000 Euro

Funding Agency: Ufficio LIFE della Commissione Europea (co.funding at 50%)

Coordinator: CNR, Giorgio Matteucci CNR-ISAFOM (Involved institutes, CNR ISAFOM, CNR IBAF – Technical Manager: Bruno De Cinti, CNR IBAF; Administrative Manager: Cesarino Nicoletti, CNR IBAF

Project Partners: Università degli Studi del Molise, Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell’Economia Agraria (CREA), Regione Molise, Regione del Veneto, Slovenian Forestry Institute

Project duration: 01/10/2010 – 30/04/2016

ManFor CBD (Management of Forests, Carbon and Biodiversity) is an european LIFE project aiming at testing and verifying in the field the effectiveness of forest management options in meeting multiple objectives (timber production, environment protection and biodiversity conservation, etc.), providing data, guidance and indications of best-practice.

Historically, forests have fulfilled many human needs. As the objectives of forest management have become more complex, management criteria need to take into account new issues, related to the less profitable practice of forestry and to the emergence of environmental forest functions.

Project sites in Italy and Slovenia

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Several indicators have been proposed to assess sustainable forest management (SFM). However, detailed information on these indicators is generally lacking and their collection is currently connected to reporting to international bodies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Furthermore, some of the indicators are of a basic character while processes in forest ecosystems are generally complex. Hence there is the need to collect data on SFM indicators and to relate them to specific forest management practices.

A link between landscape-scale ecological connections and indicators of SFM is needed, as well as between “medium-to-large” scale forest management, the surrounding landscape and intensive forest monitoring.

The project activities can be considered at the level of “pilot-scale”, with application over test areas distributed in Italy and Slovenia. This project will generate connection between local stakeholders institution responsible for forest policies and technical/scientific communities by providing breakthrough on updated forest management options.

Indicators will measured in the field, providing a demonstration of their applicability and relevance to deliver information on the ecosystem processes and function.