Project: European Beech Forests for the Future Ecological, economical, and policy analysis of beech forest conservation under the Nature 2000 Network

Beech forests are such an important part of the EU’s Natura 2000 network that Member States have obligations regarding their conservation. However, the implementation of Natura 2000 has resulted in conflicts related to the designation of protected areas and the management of the forests. These conflicts have impaired the results of local conservation efforts and negatively impacted on the EU’s biodiversity policy in general. The BeFoFu project aimed to analyse the governance and management of beech forests under Natura 2000 in order to: 1. Identify specific policy and management related challenges to the implementation of Natura 2000 at different policy levels; 2. Assess the importance of climate change in the context of the management of the protected beech forests; 3. Propose “solution pathways” for the governance and management of European beech forests that can tackle identified challenges.

Acronym BeFoFu
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Call Biodiversity: Linking Scientific Advancement to Policy and Practice

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Wageningen University & Research Partner Netherlands
Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences Partner France
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna Partner Austria
Technical University of Munich - Chair for Timber Structures and Building Construction Partner Germany
Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg Coordinator Germany
University of Stirling Partner United Kingdom