Forests, cornerstone of the EU economy (42% of EU land),
need to be managed according to the sustainability principles as stated in EU Forest Strategy

CASE DEMOS

Croatia

Continental lowland forests in Croatia cover an area of more than 200,000 ha. They present the largest complex of alluvial and riparian forests in Europe which is situated in the floodplain areas of the main country bordering rivers, Sava, Drava, and the Danube.

The main forest species is Quercus robur (Slavonian oak), well known for its high-quality timber (oak veneer), who reaches largest dimensions in this area due to the long vegetation season and availability of groundwater supply.

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Czech Republic

University forest lands are situated in an area of 10.228 ha, they form a continuous complex from the northern edge of the South Moravian capital of Brno, coming back to the town of Blansko.

Forests are located at an altitude of 210-574 m above sea level and belong mostly to the forest region 30 – Drahany Highlands.

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France

The Meillant massif is located between a clay and limestone cereal plain to the north, Champagne Berrichonne, and Boischaut Sud, characterized by its grove and cattle and sheep farming activities.

The forest is 80% private, and is mainly composed of sessile oak, known for its grain. The production of quality wood is the main forestry issue of this massif.

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Lithuania

This regional case study area covers several private forest estates, majority of which is in Anykščiai municipality, North-Eastern part of Lithuania.

The focus here will be on private forest estates which are inventoried and managed using eforest.

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Portugal

Portuguese pilot case has four sites, which are located in the Portuguese mainland. Following the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS) the Portuguese sites are located in the NUTS 2 “Norte”, “Centro” and “Alentejo”.

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system this AOI has a Mediterranean climate, group C of the classification system.

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Spain

Navarra is an autonomous community of 10.400 km² located in the north of Spain. This location between sea, mountains and river Ebro basin makes possible the existence of three different bioclimatic zones: Atlantic, Alpine and Mediterranean.

Forest lands in Navarra covers an area of more than 600.000 ha. They present very different types of structures including bush-lands and pasturelands. Woodlands cover 450.00 ha. and 80% of this wooded areas are of local/natural species. The forest area in navarra is 70% public-owned and 30% privately-owned.

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UPCOMING EVENTS


LATEST NEWS

New Earth Observation services defined

FORESNA, the forest owners association of Navarre, hosted the two day event, gathering and giving voice to important local stakeholders along the silvicultural and wood market chains, from forest owners and production managers to Public Administration land planners and wood transformation industries.

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First users’ meeting of the H2020 MySustainableForest project

On 13 March Brussel’s “European Forestry House” hosted the first users’ meeting of the H2020 MySustainableForest project, led by GMV. The project is developing sustainable-forestry services to be put through their paces in Mediterranean, Atlantic and continental woodland of Portugal, France, Spain, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania.

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MySustainableForest, the European project for a new forestry future

Forests are the lungs of our planet. But their key environmental role is not their only boon; their economic and social knock-on effects are coming into their own too. Direct and indirect benefits are in fact equally important. Conserving our forests and, above all, ensuring a sustainable use of them is therefore a pressing need at worldwide level.

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SERVICE PORTFOLIO

Forest site characterisation

The Forest Characterization service provides facts on the status and condition of predefined forest properties: Forest extension, stand delineation, forest infrastructures, main forest types, stand variables (dominant height, stand age, stand density), forest disturbances (clear cuts, fire scars), topography (DEM, slope, aspect). Read more

Wood characterisation

The Wood Characterization service consists in the modelling and mapping of wood fibre attributes linked to the wood product potential and performance (i.e. pulp yield, density, strength and stiffness of lumber). Data handled by the wood characterisation models are: remote sensing (LIDAR) data, environmental parameters and timber attributes field measurements. Thereafter, wood characteristics are extrapolated to larger forest areas. Read more

Biomass and CO2 stocking

The Biomass and CO2 stocking service provides estimations of the living volume of trees in a forest and its CO2 stock. These products are key for the forest biomass industry and carbon accountings. Read more

Forest condition

The Forest Condition Service monitors and measures forest health condition, identifying stressed vegetation, due to drought, plagues or any other hampering cause. Read more

Ecosystem vulnerabilities

The Ecosystem Vulnerabilities Service provides information on specific ecosystem parameters, namely: watershed extent, hydrologic network, biodiversity indicators, habitat fragmentation, floods and forest fire risks. Read more

Socioeconomic conditions

Environmental and Economic Accounting. The environmental accounting info refers to a whole territory (massif, region, province, county, municipality, etc.). Read more

PROJECT


MySustainableForest aims at developing a pre-commercial service platform for forest stakeholders, compliant with open and standard interfaces, which integrates Earth Observation data into the forest stakeholders’ decision making processes and operations. It will be implemented on the basis of GMV prototyped service, eoforest and will leverage on partners’ expertise on LiDAR and forest modelling.

The added value of the EO based forest services of will be demonstrated in Atlantic, Alpine and Mediterranean forests across PortugalSpainFranceCroatia, the Czech Republic and Lithuania, including a variety of management protocols and forest usages. The economic viability of the service will be assessed and the associated business model validated. As a larger implication, it is expected that End-Users will optimize their operations up to 10%, participating SMEs’ headcounts increase up to 20% and GMV market share in the sector is incremented up to 10%. Read more

MySustainableForest aims at integrating Earth Observation (EO) significantly further into forestry realm, by demonstrating the advantage of incorporating EO based information into the daily decision making, protocols and operations of the different stakeholders across the silvicultural chain.

Thus, MySustainableForest covers technological, commercial, societal and political objectives as follows:

  • To provide an innovative, cost-effective and comprehensive service for sustainable forest management at commercial stage integrating advanced EO processing with meteorological information, in-situ data and customized forestry models
  • To achieve the smart integration of services into End-Users working environment
  • To demonstrate services value for End-Users
  • To raise recommendations for policy makers

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MySustainableForest Project is composed of 11 European partners:

 

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