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     INTEGRAL Partners,  Cross-Project Meeting in Dublin 2014  INTEGRAL Consortium   The INTEGRAL consortium consists of 21 partners from 13 countries. Due to the inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary nature of the project, the team involves experts with different disciplinary backgrounds and research interests inter alia...

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The vital environmental and socio-economic role of European forests is well documented and acknowledged in the policies of both the European Union and its member states. Nevertheless, there are critical incoherencies among trans-national, national and local forest-related land-use policies-- the central issue being discrepancies between the policies and their implementation at the landscape level.

Hence, there is a need to improve existing policy and management approaches that have the potential to deliver a better balance between the multiple, conflicting demands for forest goods and services. Diminishing those discrepancies by providing a new policy and management approach, which takes into consideration the sensitive issues of ecology, socio-economy and policy are the main objectives of INTEGRAL.


INTEGRAL relies on the concept of forest ecosystem goods and services (ES). The concept of ES is based on the idea that the intricate interplay of basic physical, chemical and biological processes (i.e. functions) determines or contributes to the natural maintenance of an ecosystem. The basic rationale is that the ES concept – as a common object of interdisciplinary research – can serve as the basis for identifying, accounting for, modeling and displaying the (natural, socio-political, and economic) trade-offs between different land-use scenarios in a given forest landscape.


INTEGRAL research approach


INTEGRAL follows a research approach that includes three main phases:


1st phase: Social and natural scientists map and analyse the key social, ecological and technical factors in 20 different case-study areas throughout Europe.


2nd phase: Participatory scenario development will be conducted, involving the identified key actors into the planning process. The work in this phase addresses two main questions:


  • What forest-related developments might unfold in Europe during the next 25-30 years?
  • What consequences for integrated forest management and the provision of different ecosystem services may arise from these developments?

    The developed three to four scenarios per country will be analyzed at landscape level under different management regimes with the aim of integrating the different policy options in forest management tools.

    In its 3rd phase the INTEGRAL-approach will enable to conduct a problem-solving oriented back-casting process for each scenario in order to identify implementable policy instruments, policy options.


    Throughout the projects’ duration, a decisive role is delineated towards supporting the active involvement of national and local stakeholder groups.



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