Enhancing a sustainable and better forest management through remote sensing technologies



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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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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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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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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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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MySustainableForest platform: a new commercial service to improve forest management through Earth observation solutions

The EU project MySustainableForest develops a new commercial service where users can access geoinformation products for more sustainable and efficient forest management. Forests cover more than a third of Europe’s total land area (215 million hectares). Forestry makes a significant contribution to the EU economy, employing three million people in the sector; it already accounts

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Promoting Earth Observation solutions for forestry in the EU Green Week

The H2020 MySustainableForest project organised a webinar aimed at training forestry end-users on the use and application of the remote sensing-based forestry services developed by the consortium during the past three years. Around 50 participants from the forest community, academia and government participated in the MySustainableForest (MSF) training webinar on Tuesday 22 September, which focused

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Join us at the IUFRO conference next October!

The IUFRO Conference “The social and ecological value added of small-scale forestry to the Bioeconomy” will take place on 6-9 October 2020. The event is jointly organised by IUFRO, Eurac Research and University of Padua and can be followed both online and in person in the city of Bolzano, Italy. The conference focus on interpreting

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Forest site characterisation

The Forest Characterisation 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 Characterisation 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

Volume, 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

Forestry accounting

The forestry accounting info refers to a whole territory (massif, region, province, county, municipality, etc.). Read more


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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