Smart information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services

Principal Investigator: Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková

Co-workers: Martin Špaček, Dr. Veronika Gežík (Chobotová), Viera Baštáková

Start / End of the project: 11/2017 – 10/2020

Project number: EU-Innovation Action “InnoForESt” (763899)

Coordinator: Prof. Carsten Mann, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development

InnoForESt is H2020 EU funded Innovation Action. The project aims to develop and initiate similar policy and business innovations, building on and simultaneously upscaling existing innovations. This will lead to the more coordinated, efficient and sustainable governance and financing of forest ecosystem services. For this purpose, InnoForESt has brought together a consortium of five European universities, seven environmental and forestry agencies, seven NGOs and user group associations, two SMEs, four forest owners and forest owner associations, and five research institutes and networks.

CETIP is particularly responsible for WP3: Smart ecosystem governance innovations, which analyse mechanisms of forest ecosystem service governance innovations for sustainable provision of a range of ecosystem services. Moreover, together with the practical partner IREAS, Institute of Structural Policy we ensure realization of InnoForESt activities for the Czech-Slovak case study (more details see here).

InnoForESt has established four specific objectives for future sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services:

  • Objective 1: Synthesis of information on forest ecosystem service provisionEuropean and national level information on forest ecosystem conditions and services, MAES activities, and innovation in forest related innovative activities around Europe will form the knowledge basis for the digital component of the innovation platforms.

  • Objective 2: Understanding success factors of novel policy and business models. A social-ecological-technical and institutional analysis framework will be developed for understanding of biophysical conditions of forest ecosystems and the institutional context. Behavioural economic experiments will be carried out to test the acceptance of new factor combinations in the case study settings. Most promising prototypes will be fed back into innovation platforms for preparing their implementation and/or upscaling.

  • Objective 3: Upscaling and mainstreaming. In case study regions, innovation platforms will be established to serve as multiplier for dedicated innovation action, as a means for network establishment, and as a hub for knowledge exchange and learning which can be extended to national scope and scale up to the European level.

  • Objective 4: Provision of policy and business recommendations. A systematic comparison of implementation activities in terms of outcomes, impacts, and lessons learned will be synthesised in sets of policy and business recommendations for forest managers, policy makers, businesses, and NGOs, from the local and regional to the national and EU level.

The InnoForESt project is based on six representative case studies. They serve as starting point for establishing networks, innovation development, and upscaling. The case studies represent a range of biogeographical regions of European forests (Austria, Finland, Czech and Slovak Republic, Germany, Italy, Sweden). In each of the six case studies, an innovation platform and network will be established. All elements of the platforms will be designed and implemented in collaboration with InnoForESt’s practice partners. Practice partners represent public policy agencies (regional, state and national forestry and environmental agencies), private forest owners and enterprises, industry partners, environmental NGOs, as well as tourism and hunting associations.

Once the platforms have been set-up, practice partners will make use of the platforms to establish long-term networks. In these networks, pioneers will further develop their existing policy tools and business models.

Experiences gained with innovation development and functioning shall be systematically processed into tailor made roadmaps and recommendations which function as navigators for different stakeholder target groups, in particular policy makers on a regional, national, and EU level, as well as local and regional land-use decision makers such as forest owners and nature protection authorities, business actors, and societal stakeholder groups including tourism, hunting, and local communities.

Detailed information about the project can be found on its website

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 763899