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The main goal of the foresight research in INTEGRAL is to support stakeholders (forest owners and managers) by assessing potential futures in selected European forested landscapes1. At the same time, it will deliver information on the consequences of likely future developments for sustainable and multifunctional forest management.
During the last few months, around 60 INTEGRAL researchers have worked on regional roadmaps for selected European forested landscapes in the backcasting phase. The roadmaps will describe mixtures of policy instruments and forest management strategies that would likely contribute towards the achievement of desired futures in the case study areas. In June 2015, an overall synthesis of the regional roadmaps will be available on


At the same time, the team of the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests (Environmental Change Institute) / United Kingdom is  conducting an analysis of the EU’s forest footprint and footprint policies, taking into account the results of the backcasting exercises.

The INTEGRAL researchers publish the research outcomes in various scientific journals. Of particular note are the two special issues of the journals Land Use Policy and Forest Policy and Economics, devoted to different aspects and results of the scientific work in INTEGRAL:


(Guest editors: Dr. Metodi Sotirov, Senior Researcher, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg, and UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH, Germany; Prof. Dr. Daniela Kleinschmit, Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany; Prof. Dr. Bas Arts, Professor, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands)


(Guest editors: Elmar Schüll, Center for Future Studies, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria and Marjanke Hoogstra-Klein, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy group, Wageningen University, Netherlands)

In addition, several INTEGRAL researchers have together produced an article on the sensitivity of forest ecosystem services to forest management on a pan-European scale:

Biber, P., Borges, J.G., Sallnäs, O. et al. (2014) How Sensitive are Ecosystem Services in European Forest Landscapes to Silvicultural Treatment?

In: Forests 2014, 5, 1-x (in press)

While sustainable forestry in Europe is characterized by the provision of a multitude of forest ecosystem services, there exists no comprehensive study, which scrutinizes their sensitivity to forest management on a pan-European scale, so far. This paper compiles scenario runs from regionally tailored forest growth models and DSS from 20 case studies throughout Europe and analyzes whether the ecosystem service provision depends on management intensity and other covariables, comprising regional affiliation, social environment, and species composition. The simulation runs provide information about the case-specific most important ecosystem services in terms of appropriate indicators.


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 ___  6th Newsletter BAckcasting


24-25 June 2015 in Brussels, Belgium



Forests cover more than one third of the total land area of the European Union. They represent a key natural resource, which has been managed for decades to meet growing societal demands for diverse forest ecosystem goods and services, including biodiversity conservation, forest recreation and wood production for material and energy use. Today there is a broad perception that the demands for forest ecosystem goods and services will increase in the future. At the same time, European forestry has been faced with challenges from different policies and societal claims that are uncoordinated and often conflict with each other. Challenges and opportunities to address and manage competing forest land-uses are especially prominent at the landscape level, where European and national policies and socio-economic frameworks come into contact with the behaviour of a diversity of forest owners, managers, recreationists, farmers, environmentalists and others. INTEGRAL has dealt with these topics within twenty case studies in ten European countries and comparative cross-case syntheses. The main goal of the project is to contribute to a better understanding of forest land-use trade-offs in Europe and to explore pathways for the governance of integrated forest management at the landscape level.


At the final conference, the INTEGRAL researchers will present the results of four years of intensive transdisciplinary research collaboration. Participants can look forward to stimulating keynote speeches by internationally renowned scientists and policy decision makers as well as to interactive sessions (World Café “Mini Europe” and workshops on policy recommendations for integrated and future oriented forest management in Europe). The latter will provide the conference guests with extensive insight into four years of research on current and future policies, outlining scientifically based findings on socio-economic and ecological drivers and barriers of change in integrated forest land-use in twenty landscapes across ten European countries. In addition, the interactive sessions will allow for the exploration of issues related to integration and balance between forestry and bioenergy use, rural development, nature conservation and the bio-economy across EU, national and local levels.


The conference will include a large number of participants (over 100 from more than 15 countries) who will share their knowledge, experiences and solutions, creating a wide range of networking opportunities and policy relevant recommendations to support sustainable and multifunctional forest management.


[Learn more about the INTEGRAL final conference]