E.C.O.FOREST – Economizing Organic Carbon in Forests.

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E.C.O.FOREST – Economizing Organic Carbon in Forests.

Lead partner: National Park Authority of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines
Country: Italy
Period: August 2020 to December 2023

Project objectives:

The Plan aims to promote cooperation among stakeholders for the development and transfer of good management practices of Apennine beech and artificial coniferous forests expressly aimed at maximizing the uptake and maintaining the stock of Carbon (sinks and forest stocks), in a context of traditional economic use of forest stands by private individuals and businesses. With this in mind, the Plan aims to identify the best forms of utilization of Apennine forest stands and promote their transferability on a large scale, including through training, awareness-raising and dissemination of results by involving all levels of the forestry sector.

The general objective is broken down into the following specific objectives:

    • To estimate the carbon sink of beech and coniferous forests in the project area subjected to different forms of management treatment according to procedures in accordance with the Ipcc (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) “Guidelines and good Practices for LULUCF.”
    • To estimate carbon stock changes (C stock change) within distinct carbon sinks (epigeal biomass, hypogean biomass, litter, necromass, and soil) in beech and coniferous forests subjected to different forms of treatment;
    • To assess changes in soil biodiversity and soil biological quality through the study of the edaphic microarthropod and earthworm community, as well as the application of QBS-ar and QBS-c soil biological quality indices;
    • Identify, and then share and promote, ways of utilizing forest stands that can ensure the preservation of “defined levels of CO2 stock” in all the reservoirs listed above and the quality of soils;
    • Introduce the best practices of coppice and artificial forest utilization in forest planning (Forest Management Plans) of project partner forest consortia and state-owned areas managed by the National Park, including through the assessment of the adequacy of protection inclusions;
    • Raise awareness, develop, share and encourage the introduction of a local system of remuneration for ecosystem and environmental services (voluntary carbon credits);
    • Increase resilience against the negative effects of climate change and the environmental value of Apennine forest ecosystems by increasing their levels of biodiversity.

Project Manager: Willy Reggioni – National Park Authority of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines
Scientific responsible: prof. Cristina Menta – SCVSA Department

Funding:

E.C.O.FOREST is a project funded by the Emilia-Romagna Region under the Regional Rural Development Program 2014-2020.

RDP 2014-2020. OPERATION TYPE 16.1.01 “PEI OPERATIONAL GROUPS FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY.” REGIONAL COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 2144/2018. COMMUNICATION AND INVESTMENT CONFIRMATION REQUEST – FOCUS AREA 5E OPERATING GROUP PLAN – PLAN TITLE: Pilot program to promote carbon sequestration and conservation in Apennine beech forests at different management directions and in artificial conifer reforestation.

Service provided:

Timesis acted as coordinator of activities aimed at estimating carbon stocks and fluxes from the Park’s beech forests with different silvicultural orientation, including addressing the identification of best practices in forest utilization and promoting a local system of remuneration for ecosystem services and, in particular, the voluntary carbon credit market


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