Project: Biodiversity and ecosystem services of small forest fragments in European landscapes.

In many parts of Europe, the original forest cover has strongly reduced and forests presently occur as small fragments, often embedded in an intensively used agricultural matrix. Despite their small size, these forest patches often act as refugia for biodiversity and may provide a wide range of ecosystem services (ES) to human society. Biodiversity and ES of small forest fragments are mutually dependent as they are determined by a similar set of drivers. However, the nature and strength of the relationships between biodiversity and ES will vary, depending on the taxonomic group and ES under consideration, and on the landscape context including the type and intensity of the surrounding land-use and the land-use history. Moreover, the value attributed to an ES will differ between different regions. All these sources of variation remain largely unknown and their effects on human perception, hence on decisions about management, planning and policy, is poorly understood. Therefore, the main objectives of SmallFOREST are to: - quantify ES and biodiversity in small forest fragments among agricultural landscapes and across different regions in Europe, - analyse how their mutual relationships vary between landscapes and regions, and - assess the extent to which ES are valued differently.

Acronym SmallFOREST
Duration 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2014
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Network BiodivERsA2
Call BiodivERsA Call for proposals on biodiversity and ecosystem services and their valuation

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
University of Leuven Belgium
French National Institute for Agricultural Research France
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research Germany
Bremen University Germany
University of Tartu Estonia
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute Sweden
Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg Germany
Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia Spain
Ghent University Belgium
University of Picardie Jules Verne Coordinator France
Stockholm University Sweden