Resilient forest value chains – enhancing resilience through natural and socio-economic responses
Duration: 01.04.2021 - 31.03.2025
Sponsor: EU (European Commission)
RESONATE-Resilient forest-based value chains - Enhancing resilience through socio-economic analysis.
Climate change is a major challenge for European forests, as demonstrated by recent extreme events and forest disturbances of unprecedented intensity. As climate change progresses, the negative impacts on the stability and productive capacity of European forests could undermine the role of forests and the forest-based sector as a central pillar of the
of the European green deal. More prevention efforts are needed to mitigate the increasing risks of disturbance, in particular by improving the resilience of European forests and their associated value chains. Forest owners need better guidance
in adapting the management of their forests to cope with climate-related forest disturbances and changes in functioning. Similarly, the forest-based sector will need significant innovation capacity to respond to changes in profitability, unpredictable timber flows, and gradual change in tree species. There is an urgent need to improve scientific understanding of how to enhance the resilience of European forests and forest-based value chains. RESONATE aims to guide decision-making to improve the resilience of forests and forest value chains in response to four resilience challenges: i) changing suitability of tree species due to climate change; ii) increased risk of forest disturbance; iii) changing societal demand for forest products and ecosystem services; iv) biodiversity decline. Using an integrated resilience and vulnerability assessment, RESONATE is investigating how past and current site factors and management affect the resilience of forest systems in different forest types and management systems in Europe. Based on scenario analyses, foresight studies with active stakeholder engagement, and policy analyses, forward-looking response strategies are developed to improve the resilience of forests and forest value chains. RESONATE also highlights and weighs trade offs in decision making and provides user-oriented recommendations and decision support with tools such as a Resilience Dashboard.