TASKS

Task 1. Ecosystem dynamics and indicators

The objective of this task is to address the first project objective. This will encompass the development and implementation of a procedure to build forest ecosystem resource capability models (RCM) to estimate the impacts of stand-level management options as well as of its spatial and temporal distribution on the joint supply of both forest-based products (e.g. wood, cork) and forest-based services (e.g. biodiversity, carbon, protection against erosion and wildfire resistance) in the case study area (a 14,400 ha jointly managed area involving multiple  owners and providing multiple ecosystem services).

Task 2 – Ecosystem services supply, risk assessment and trade-off analysis

The objective of this task is to address the second project objective. This will encompass the development of the feasible sets in the decision space of multi-objective spatially explicit forest ecosystem management planning problems. It will encompass further the development and visualization of the feasible set in the criteria space of forest ecosystem management planning problems.

Task 3. Ecosystem services valuation and payments

The objective of this task is to address the third project objective. This will encompass the development of participatory approaches to select bundles of ecosystem services and corresponding ecosystem management plans. It will encompass further the development of a procurement auction mechanism and of a web-based support platform to collect payments for ecosystem services.

Task 4. Management and Dissemination

The objective of this task is to provide an appropriate business model for the project management structure a) to succeed in developing and monitoring the research plan and b) to communicate and disseminate the work progress and the results of the project to stakeholders and target groups.

Forest ecosystem management decision making methods: an integrated bioeconomic approach to sustainability

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