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Issue #3
January 2020

Progress, plans and potential impact at SINCERE halfway point

The SINCERE project celebrated its halfway point at the end of 2019 and is now looking forward to the next two years, with a focus on results and replication. Several of the SINCERE case studies are now fully functioning and starting to have exciting impacts at local, regional and national scales. The project's first Learning Lab took place in October 2019 while progress and planning for impact and replication was discussed in detail at the General Assembly in December, where the project consortium were joined by two SINCERE ambassadors. Read on for the full story on all these and more! 

Case study update

Case study coordinators presented achievements to date at the General Assembly, before focussing attention on the future and which aspects of their mechanism might be ripe for replication. Factsheets on SINCERE's Innovation Actions are now available from the revised Case Study pages on the website.

New Russian Forest Code concept agreed

The Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Science agreed on a new concept for a new federal law, the “Forest Code of the Russian Federation” in November 2019. The concept was proposed by SINCERE partner CEPF RAS who developed the idea through its Innovation Action Case Study

The main goal of the new Code is to shift the focus of the forest economy from only wood production to maintaining a balance between multiple forest ecosystem services in addition to wood production. This new approach to forest management would provide people with both timber and non-timber products, as well as a wide range of ecosystem services.
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Poplar farmers are setting aside 10% of their forest for biodiversity protection in return for gaining FSC status for their plantation in Italy’s Ecopay Connect scheme.
The Catalan case aims to include forest management in an urbanistic master plan for the Rialb reservoir and establish a water fund for water-related ecosystem services.
Reverse auction mechanisms are ready for bidding: the Danish case supporting biodiversity protection already has an online bidding process.
Belgium also has a case study on reverse auctions: in Flanders they hope that their instrument for habitat restoration and wild boar buffers can become policy.
A successful “selfie with mushrooms” webpage is one of the developments from the innovation action in Borgotaro, Italy, which works on commercialising recreational permits for wild mushroom collection.
Funeral forests are not new in Switzerland but involving forest owners to provide this service is! The Swiss case is working with forest owners and using CANVA to help with replication.
In the Basque case, stakeholder meetings have been vital for selecting the focus for a regulatory tool to value ecosystem services for water and landscape
In Kuusamo, Finland, the anticipated Payment for Ecosystem Services scheme to protect forests for recreation and tourism gained much from stakeholder consultation.
In the Peruvian case, a city tax compensates upstream farmers and forest owners to manage forest to improve quality and quantity of Cusco’s water.
The Croatian case focuses on protecting a city Nature Park for health via voluntary payments with donation boxes and concession permits.

SINCERE ambassadors share insights

Two SINCERE Ambassadors, external experts in topics relevant for forest ecosystem services, joined the consortium for the project's General Assembly which took place in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, in December 2019.

Environmental consultant, Pernille Holtedahl, shared insights on engagement with private and financial sectors to support ecosystem services, while Shingo Shibata of Sophia University gave a glimpse from Japan where a narrow definition of forestry is being replaced by a forest service industry, an concept that generated much interest among the SINCERE consortium.

Global perspectives and mutual learning for forest ecosystem services

The first SINCERE Learning Lab brought experts together from across the globe to brainstorm on issues relating to forest ecosystem services. The workshop focused on engaging small plot holders for forestry innovation and on cultural and spiritual ecosystem services from Asian and European perspectives.
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Featured video: ECOPAY Connect

How to support the conservation of the natural areas of a River Park?
FSC® certified poplar companies and the Oglio Sud Regional Park made a winning pact for mutual benefit, supported by SINCERE partners Etifor.

Upcoming events

High-level public conference on implementing the European Green Deal – the European Climate Law, 28 January 2020, Brussels, Belgium
International conference on forests for biodiversity and climate, 4-5 February 2020, Brussels, Belgium
Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe, 26-27 February 2020, Bonn, Germany
ThinkForest: European Forest Policy Post-2020, 18 March 2020, Brussels, Belgium
Mixed species forests: Risks, resilience and management, 25-27 March 2020, Lund, Sweden
European Forum on Urban Forestry, 19-22 May 2020, Manchester, UK
IUCN World Conservation Congress, 11-19 June 2020, Marseille, France
World Bioeconomy Forum, 9-11 September 2020, Ruka, Finland
Ecosystem Services Partnership Europe Regional Conference, 21-24 September 2020, Tartu, Estonia
Stakeholder interview: Croatian Innovation Action
A member of the Croatian Innovation Action stakeholder group explains why forests are important for the capital Medvednica, particularly for
citizens' health. 
Watch now!

Publications

Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People

What's new in Forest Ecosystem Services?

IUCN, September 2019. Guidance on estimating the mitigation potential of restoration.
 
Vaissière, A. et al, 2020. Biodiversity offsets and payments for environmental services: Clarifying the family ties.

FSC, January 2020. High Conservation Value (HCV) Guidance documents published.
European Parliament, January 2020. Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions.

Convention on Biological Diversity, January 2020. Zero-draft of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework published by the Secretariat.
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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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