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Month: June 2022

SUPERB forest restoration journey comes to life with the launch of new project website

Funded by the European Commission to promote large-scale forest restoration in support of the EU Green Deal, the new Horizon 2020 project SUPERB, coordinated by EFI, has created quite a buzz on social media since its beginning in December 2021. With 36 consortium members, 90 associated partners, €20 million in EU funds and €90 million in in-kind contributions, SUPERB is likely to be the largest transnational forest restoration project globally.

Now, the enormous wealth of knowledge that will be generated by SUPERB’s restoration experts, as well as the latest updates on its multifold restoration activities, can be accessed online all in one place at forest-restoration.eu.

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New Policy Brief out now: Challenges and solutions for European forests and related value chains in times of climate change

How can we increase the sustainability and resilience of our European forests and related value chains in times of climate change? I-Maestro (Innovative forest management…

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The city of contrasts: Learning about forests and trees in Industriewald and Rheinelbepark in Gelsenkirchen

Establishing the first marteloscope in an Urban Forest and discovering the transition of Gelsenkirchen

How do marteloscopes – these forest demonstration sites, where all trees are mapped and measured – and Gelsenkirchen, a city located in the so-called Ruhrpott fit together? You might be surprised that after being known as the “City of Thousand Fires” characterised by the coal, iron, and steel industry, and being a target of several air raids during World War II, Gelsenkirchen went through different economic and social changes. To boost its attractiveness for citizens, the city is now “shaping” its sustainability, investing in solar energy and converting numerous former mining sites into small city parks and urban forests [1]. The city of Gelsenkirchen is also a partner in the CLEARINGHOUSE project, which connects China and Europe and explores the potential of Urban Forests for more liveable cities. And as part of this big international project, we – four researchers from European Forest Institute’s Bonn Office – established two new marteloscopes in the Urban Forest in Gelsenkirchen. This was not only an interesting experience because they were the first marteloscope sites we set up in urban forests, but also because of the vegetation and the fact, that these forests are not used for wood production.

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Exchange of Experts in Polen- Teamwork at its best

Wenn über 100 motivierte Waldbrandexperten von Heute und Morgen aus sieben Nationen in Polen zusammenkommen, um bei vollem Einsatz drei Tage lang, bei einem Exchange of Experts (EoE) verschiedene Waldbrandbekämpfungs-Taktiken zu üben, dann auch noch entgegen der Vorhersage das Wetter mitspielt, ist das Wochenende perfekt gelaufen!

Zwischen dem 20-22 Mai fand in Gołąbki (Staatswald Toruń) das erste International Forest Camp in Polen statt. Ziel des Workshops war es Techniken und Taktiken zur Bekämpfung von Waldbränden zu trainieren. Zunächst in verschiedenen Trainingsstationen am Freitag. An den beiden folgenden Tagen wurden unter Anleitung von internationalen Waldbrandexperten verschiedene Aspekte von Waldbrand- Szenarien nachgestellt und die Teams aus ganz Europa mussten das gelernte Wissen anwenden. Dabei konnten die Experten direktes Feedback geben und die Teams dadurch (wenn nötig) Ihre geplante Strategie anpassen.

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Equipping Irish forest owners, foresters and forestry students to manage diverse forests

A new forest training network aims to enhance confidence and ability in managing a diverse range of forests in Ireland, writes Jonathan Spazzi, Teagasc Forestry Development Officer. Teagasc has partnered with EFI to make marteloscope training programmes and resources available to forest owners, foresters, students and other user groups.

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