Climate Smart Forestry in Mountain Regions (CLIMO).

Project leader: Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková

Co-workers: Viera Baštáková, Dr. Stanislava Brnkaľáková, Dr. Veronika Gežík

Project leader: Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková

Start / End of Action: 17/10/2016 – 16/10/2020

Action evidence number: Cost Action CA15226

Coordinator: Roberto Tognetti (Universita degli studi di Torino, Forestry Research Centre Viale)

Number of countries involved in action, including SR: 23

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Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) integrates the three-dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental), and aims at sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes, adapting and building resilience to climate change (CC), and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CLIMO wants to translate the CSA concept for a Climate-Smart Forestry (CSF). Three main pillars will be considered: improve livelihood of mountain inhabitants by sustainably increasing forest ecosystem services (ES); enhance the adaptation and resilience to CC of mountain forests; optimize the CC mitigation potential of mountain forests, focusing on the most efficient and cost-effective mitigation options and capitalizing on adaptation-mitigation synergies. The main objective is to define CSF in the European context, which will require the identification of key silvicultural characteristics and the harmonization of CSF in mountain areas to create a common knowledge at European level. The smartness of the European forests will be defined according to the sustainability of forest management and mitigation potential. The smartness will be defined on the basis of measurable criteria and a checklist of parameters of smartness for mountain forests will be proposed. Experimental forest sites with available data to quantify the smartness of mountain forests will be identified to build a European Smart Forest Network (ESFONET). A feasibility study for the development of a cyber-technology able to quickly transfer data from monitoring sites to stakeholders will be developed. Innovative schemes of payment for ES (PES) will be developed to shift the objective of mountain forest management from the production of timber to the production of ES.