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Issue #4
July 2020
The SINCERE Talks webinar series kicks off with an insightful two-part session on the relationship between forest and landscape management, and watershed protection and hydrological services.

The webinar focuses on two overarching questions: how forest management affects hydrological services, with emphasis on water quality; followed by practical examples on how such management can form the basis of a payment for ecosystem services scheme.

Two reknowned speakers, Meine van Noordwijk (ICRAF) and Sven Wunder (EFI), discuss the issues with participation from the SINCERE Innovation Action Case Studies.

The webinar will take place online and is open to external participants.


Friday 25 September 2020, 10 - 12 CET

Register now!

Case study updates

Innovation lies embedded in the case study process

The project has proceeded to concrete steps of case examples by the time of our third stakeholder meeting.

The idea in the Kuusamo case study is to test paying for ecosystem services. Paying for services as such is nothing new; different funding methods are part of everyday life. Paying for some ecosystem services, like timber production, is so evident, that one does not even think about it.

But are ecosystem services valuable enough to pay for? Do we recognise these services, are they visible, understandable? Stakeholder discussions have been one means to make services visible. But further discussions are needed to shape their value. This is dialogue innovation in process!

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Public Institution Nature Park Medvednica (PINPM)
Third MAG meeting in Croatia: progress and challenges.
ECOPAY Connect, Italy:
Take stock of the situation and plan a better future in the poplar sector. 


Central Jutland, Denmark:

Stakeholder meeting kicks Danish reverse auctioning scheme into the launch phase.

New Biodiversity Strategy: investments are needed to build back better

The European Commission released its new EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 in May of this year. Humans and human society are dependent on nature for our physical and mental wellbeing, our economy and our ability to cope with climate change, pandemics and other threats and disasters. Investing in the protection and restoration of nature is critical for enhancing our resilience to these threats and will be central to our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Call for abstracts

Abstract submissions are now invited for this year’s IUFRO annual conference: The social and ecological value added of small-scale forestry to the Bio-Economy. The conference takes place from 6 - 9 October 2020 in Bolzano (Italy) and there is the possibility to participate both in person or remotely.
Deadline for abstract submission: 12 July 2020.

SINCERE consortium partners, UNIPD and ETIFOR, are among the organisers of the conference along with EURAC research, and IUFRO division 4.05.

Featured video: Preserving landscapes and biodiversity in Kuusamo

An inspiring new video shows the value of Finland’s beautiful Ruka-Kuusamo region where wood is no longer seen as the only source of income from the forests there.

Upcoming events

IUCN will be welcoming leaders, champions of NbS across regions and sectors to establish a joint vision as well as commitments for turning NbS into action, through the Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions. The Standard aims to help governments, NGOs and business design, invest and scale-up action. It is the first-ever tool that will help design robust, durable actions for deriving benefits for people and nature. The event will be livestreamed on YouTube.
"According to nature" International Summer School in Nature-Based Risk Mitigation, 5 - 15 September 2020, Lourdes, France & Freising, Germany
World Bioeconomy Forum, ONLINE! 10 September 2020, Streamed from Ruka, Finland
EFI ThinkForest event: European Forest Policy Post-2020, ONLINE! 22 September 2020
SINCERE Talks Webinar: Forests and water, ONLINE! 25 September 2020
EU Green Week, 20-22 October 2020
The IUCN World Conservation Congress provides an ideal stage to amplify the understanding and solidify the science and practice of Nature-based Solutions in a global arena.
As part of the Congress exhibition, a dedicated NbS pavilion will host a series of events, workshops, launches and discussion groups on NbS.
Call for submissions is now open.
2nd ESP MENA Conference 2021, Call for sessions now open! 27 - 29 January 2021, Rabat, Morocco
Ecosystem Services Partnership Europe Regional Conference, NEW DATES: 10-13 May 2021, Tartu, Estonia
Socio-ecological conflicts in forest management: risks of (not) adapting?,
2-4 June 2021, Nancy, France

What's new in Forest Ecosystem Services?

SINCERE PES paper sparks discussion in Nature Sustainability

An article based on work in SINCERE has led to some interesting published discussion on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the journal Nature Sustainability.
European Environment Agency.
EU launches new Forest Information System to improve knowledge on forests and woodlands 

FAO. The State of the World's Forests 2020
New Green4C project focuses on the private sector providing health, well-being and social inclusion through nature-based solutions.

Public consultation: Adapting to climate change – EU strategy
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773702.
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