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INTEGRAL Deliverables



WP1 Project coordination and management:       


D 1.2 "Summary report on the interdisciplinary insights into barriers and drivers"


The Summary Report on the Interdisciplinary Insights into Barriers and Drivers summarizes the first 18 months of research activities within the four-year project INTEGRAL. During this first phase of research, key political, socio-economic, ecological and technical factors as barriers and/or drivers of integrated forest management were analysed. The report presents the methodological choices to link the different disciplines involved in the project. This is related to interdisciplinary interactions between the two work packages WP 2 (Decision support system for integrated forest management) and WP 3 (Policy analysis and foresight for integrated forest management).

The report is structured as follows. First, the general methodology and workflow of the INTEGRAL project as a whole has been elaborated. This is followed by a description of the conceptual and analytical framework for the research process. The next chapter summarizes the interdisciplinary insights of the first research phase and depicts the knowledge transfer between the work packages. Finally, an outline of methodological choices for the second research phase of the INTEGRAL project is given.


D 1.3 "Summary report on the interdisciplinary insights on scenarios and back-casting guidelines"


The main purpose of this report is to take stock of the experiences with the methodological choices and application of the inter- and trans-disicplinary research within the 2nd phase of the INTEGRAL project. The report presents an overview over the methodlogical choices and research workflow of phase 2 of the INTEGRAL project as well as the integration of phase 2 with phase 1 (forest policy and socio-economic analysis and forest DSSs) and phase 3 (backcasting). It further summarizes the insights on challenges and chances of inter-and trans-disciplinary research during phase 2 and draws conclusions on the overall progress and experiences with the applied methodology.



WP2 Decision support systems for integrated forest management:


D 2.1 "The bio-geological limitations of the case-study landscapes"


The Summary Report on the Biogeological Limitations of the Case-Study Landscapes illustrates and maps the realistic outer limits of production possibilities for different ecosystem goods and services (ES) in 20 different case study areas throughout Europe. The concept of ES is based on the idea that the intricate interplay of basic physical, chemical and biological processes determines or contribute to the natural maintenance of an ecosystem. The basic rationale is that the ES concept can serve as the basis for identifying, accounting for, modelling and displaying the trade-offs between different land-use scenarios in a given forest landscape.

The report illustrates the main preliminary results of 20 different case study areas in 10 European countries. To assess the bio-physical production limitations of the INTEGRAL case study areas, two different approaches were used: (a) the Max/Min ES oriented approach (MESO), creating a number of different management strategies and (b) the max/min Management oriented approach (MMO), where typically used management strategies were configured in order to get the maximum production for the ES.


D 2.2 "Scenario development at landscape level under different management strategies"


Deliverable 2.2 ‘Scenario development at landscape level under different management strategies’ provides a summary of the research conducted under WP2.2 and its main findings. This includes all 20 landscape synthesis reports as well as a brief analysis of the impact of scenario elements on forest owners’ management programs and on the provision of ecosystem goods and services.


Deliverable 2.3 “Implications of the back-casting exercise at the local level for the landscape case study areas” 


Deliverable 2.3 report presents an analysis of the landscape level results concerning the DEP’s, the effects of the policy actions on the ES provisions and the spatial integrativeness of forest management.



WP3 Policy analysis and foresight for integrated forest management:


“Impact of selected structural factors on the forest-based sector in the European Union


The study Impact of Selected Structural Factors on the Forest-Based Sector in the European Union provides an overview of changes of selected structural factors at the EU 27 and (if reasonable) global level that have affected the development of the forest-based sector in Europe over the last decades.

One main objective of the four-year project INTEGRAL is to bring the landscape dimension closer to Europe. The study aims to supplement the findings of 20 case studies at the landscape level. This is done by identifying and describing the relevant consequences of demographic, economic, technological, and political development as well as public opinion, forest-related discourses and changes of the ownership structure at the macro level. An understanding of these changes is important as a basis for policy formulation related to the socio-economic elements of sustainable forest management.

The study is based on results from desk research, using secondary and statistical data as well as findings of scientific reports on observed long-term historical trends.


D.3.2 Cross-Case Synthesis Report


The main goal of this synthesis report is to address the following main research questions: What actors-based and structural factors drive forest management in Europe? What can we learn from the policy and socio-economic analysis and insights from all case studies (regions) and their comparison to the EU and global levels about challenges and opportunities for integrated forest management in Europe? What patterns of similar or different developments can be identified? What key findings are relevant for the body of scientific knowledge and policymaking at the European and national levels regarding balancing competing societal claims towards different forest land-uses and integrated provision of forest ecosystem goods and services? The present report is based on a cross-case comparison and synthesis of twenty INTEGRAL national/regional case studies on policy and socio-economic analysis provided between March and April 2013.


D 3.3 Synthesis Report on Integrated Forest Management Scenarios in Europe including the National Case Study Reports and the Report on the Role of EU Commodity Consumption





D 3.4 Synthesis Report on “Robust Actions for Integrated Forest Management in Europe” including the Cross Case Comparison Report and the Report on Footprint thinking in Policy Analysis


This report focuses on the on the findings from the comparative cross-case study analysis of the back-casting processes carried out in the 20 cases in the 10 countries and the foot print analysis of the outcomes of the backcasting process for the cases involved.


"Impacts of state-driven political and economic transformation (institutional changes) on integrated forest management in transformation countries"


This study gives an insight into the transformation process, focusing on the privatization of forests in three Central and Eastern European Countries countries - Bulgaria, Lithuania, and the Slovak Republic.


WP4 Communication and dissemination:


D4.12 Policy briefs No.1: "Implementing the vision of sustainable forestry through integrated forest management?"

D4.13 Policy briefs No.2: "Future Scenarios of forest management in Europe."

D4.14 Policy briefs No.3: "Shaping the futures of integrated forest management in Europe through policy backcasting."

D4.15 Policy briefs No.4: "Integrating footprint thinking into EU forest-related policy"EU forest-related policy"

D4.1 Newsletter No.1

D4.7 Newsletter No.7

D4.17 Policy paper on integrative and future-oriented forest management in Europe

D4.16 Overall Project SynthesisD4.16 Overall Project Synthesis


The online survey “INTEGRAL – Evaluation of research” was realized in the last months of the INTEGRAL project and focused on two aspects:

- The first part (A) aimed to evaluate the approaches for scenario development and policy back-casting in INTEGRAL

- The second part (B) aimed at to understand better the influencing factors of knowledge transfer processes in INTEGRAL as a transdisciplinary project.