Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Mäkipää, Raisa
Organisation Natural Resources Institute Finland
Project title Small Forests - Big players: Valorising small scale forestry for a bio-based economy
Decision No. 326375
Decision date 10.12.2018
Funding period 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
Funding 350 427
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Project description
About 60% of the European forest area is managed by small forest owners (<100ha). Their pivotal role is hampered by the change of owner structure and perception on wood productions and ecosystem services, the growing timber demand worldwide, and the need to adapt forest management to climate change. ValoFor aims to understand the contribution of small forest owners in the transition to wood based bioeconomy in Europe. This includes 1) the evaluation of trade-offs between timber production, ecosystem services and forest resilience to climate change, 2) identifying tipping points in management behavior in relation to forest size, productivity and income, and 3) analysis of existing incentive and subsidy schemes and their effects on forest owners’ behavior in five European countries. The results will be useful for decision making in EU, national and regional forest policy to determine how to mobilize wood based raw materials and other ecosystem services from small scale forestry.