Funded projects (JC 2021)

ForestValue JC 2021 – Projects selected for funding

8 European research projects were selected for funding.

The projects (project duration of 36 months) are expected to start in 2022. Projects’ information (incl. duration) will be updated and confirmed after the national funding contracts have been signed.

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Project objective: Assess4EST will use novel genomic breeding tools and introduce new features to national growth and yield simulators to assess possibilities to combine sustainability goals in forest management by studying the impacts of genetic variation in the regeneration methods: even-aged planting with advanced generation improved material vs. natural regeneration in even and uneven aged stands. The project will concentrate on assessing traits important for sustainability goals: growth, increasing resilience and adaptability of forests to rapid climate change, as well as wood quality suitable for products that store carbon and substitute more emission-intensive and non-renewable products.

Project objective: BarkBuild will tackle the societal challenge of climate change by developing new, long-lasting wood building materials with low environmental impact that will replace products having a larger carbon footprint and poor environmental soundness. The primary research objective of the BarkBuild project is to develop new barkbased wood protection and building formulations and demonstrate their technical performance, safety, and sustainability in wood impregnation, coating, and polymer composites in outdoor and indoor use.

Project objective: The aim of FORECO is to provide tools for identifying and operationalizing sustainable and multifunctional forest use and management strategies, which simultaneously consider ecological and economic risks arising from biotic and abiotic threats in the coming decades (i.e., drought, storm, bark beetles) and take into account forest recovery from disturbances. In close collaboration with local, national and EU-level stakeholders, the project will identify needs of forest practitioners, advisors and policy makers for evidence to inform adaptation strategies in face of increasing vulnerability of forests and uncertainty about the future.

Project objective: The overall objective of ForestMap is to advance the societal values of forest use by developing and evaluating a new methodology to produce forest maps across the globe. The forest maps will be produced using crowd sourced data from smartphones and remote sensing data from space- and airborne systems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms will be developed in order to produce tailor-made forest maps to stakeholder’s needs and corresponding their willingness to pay. The societal value of the forest maps used in existing and new business models will also be explored.

Project objective: LEARNFORCLIMATE will address the urgent need to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by promoting multifunctional management of forests in times of rapid socio-ecological change. The aim is to support learning that enables concurrent achievement of multiple forest related SDGs and EU objectives while responding to the constraining – and enabling – roles of climate change related stress and disturbances.

Project objective: SustMultBiomass aims to identify pathways of sustainable future forest management that develops the bioeconomy and multifunctional forests that will contribute to mitigating climate change, delivering non-woody forest ecosystem services (FES) and preserving biodiversity. The project will do this based on extensive analyses of synergies and trade-offs of alternative uses of forest biomass for the coming 30 and 100 years. The approach is to simulate a large number of forest management alternatives into the future and then apply multi-objective optimization (MOO) to identify the future pathways that fulfill objectives to be specified for the forest.

Project objective: WOODforHEALTH will promote safe and increased use of wood products through the development of antimicrobial surfaces, hygiene concepts and by providing the first extensive guideline for use of wood in healthcare buildings. This will be in response to demands from both the construction industry, investors and owners of healthcare buildings. The research team will explore the limits and potentials for wood products in healthcare buildings with an emphasis on surface aspects and use this exercise to develop a guideline. The aim of WOODforHEALTH is to meet these requirements with wood products whose uncoated and coated surfaces are holistically characterised for their technical, environmental, and economic performance.

Project objective: The overall objective of WoodLCC is to enable robust and precise Life-Cycle-Costing (LCC) based on input from novel models for detailed service life performance specification for wooden components and buildings. The project will take full advantage of results from novel methods for detailed service life performance specification established through extensive research over the last years on dose/response functions for exterior wood elements. The novelty of WoodLCC is to optimise the input data for LCC for wood-based building products.