InnoForESt – Innovations in Forest Ecosystem Services

Project title: Smart information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services

InnoForESt seeks to spark a transformation of the European forest sector by stimulating innovations for the sustainable supply and financing of forest ecosystem services.

The overarching objective of InnoForESt is to steer policies and businesses through the establishment of new actor alliances and payment schemes in the forestry sector demonstrating the feasibility of alternative income streams from forest ecosystem services not yet harnessed by traditional markets. InnoForESt has established four specific objectives to be targeted:

  • synthetizing information on forest ecosystem service provision
  • understanding success factors of novel policy and business models
  • upgrading, upscaling and mainstreaming
  • provisioning of policy and business recommendations

The expected impacts of InnoForESt are

  • enhanced coordination in policy making
  • development of novel policies and business processes
  • increased incentives for the sustainable supply of essential forest ecosystem service
  • sustainable production of wood and non-wood forest products

Why InnoForESt?
Forests are the backbone of our environment and our livelihood. They are a habitat for numerous plant and animal species, a place of recreation and an attraction for tourism. Forests filter air and water, prevent avalanches and landslides. They store carbon in trees and soils and thus protect our climate. And last but not least, they supply valuable wood as a sustainable renewable resource. In science, these advantages are referred to as “forest ecosystem services”. Securing their supply in the future requires new and unconventional approaches in forest management, in the economy in general and supporting political measures.
The InnoForESt project aims to identify, improve and disseminate promising innovative ideas that will benefit forest and forest-related enterprises, citizens and future generations.

Detailed project description
Throughout Europe, forest stakeholders are exploring new ways to reconcile the provision of forest ecosystem services with societal demands and economic necessities. A selection of six European initiatives forms the core of the project. They serve as good and successful practical examples, as network partners for exchange and as case studies for scientific analysis.
The project brings together 16 partner organisations from nine EU countries. The consortium includes forest and environmental administrations, wood processing and consulting companies, hunting associations, forest enterprises, landowners and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as European universities and research institutes. All partners are experienced in researching and developing novel policy and business models for forest ecosystem services. Through the close interaction of research and practice, InnoForESt will identify promising examples for the provision of diverse forest ecosystem services, learn from them and explore their opportunities and limitations.

The project also aims to explore the potential of transferring innovation to other regions or countries across Europe. The main aim is to identify influencing factors and framework conditions for a reliable establishment of innovation. Novel networks of actors within and outside the forestry sector will develop recommendations for decision-makers in politics and practice. Our networks are open to further innovators and ideas. In each case study region, “platforms for innovation” will be established. They are intended to facilitate cooperation and knowledge transfer. We invite all those who (want to) deal with innovation for the provision of forest ecosystem services to participate in our project activities.

Future project activities

  • Internationale project meeting von 29. – 31. October 2019

Previous project activities
So far, interviews with stakeholders, focus groups and two workshops have been conducted in the Eisenwurzen research region. The resulting innovation ideas as well as the workshop protocols and keynote speeches are available for download here.

Project partners
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde, HNEE, Deutschland / Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF) e.V., ZALF, Deutschland / Suomen ympäristökeskus, SYKE, Finnland / Università degli Studi di Trento, UNITN, Italien / Centrum transdisciplinarnych studiicetio N.O., CETIP SK, Slowakei / Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Württemberg, FVA, Deutschland / Universiteit Twente, UT, Niederlande / Lunds Universitet, ULUND, Schweden / Universität Innsbruck, UIBK, Österreich / European Landowners Organization, ELO ASBL, Belgien / Studienzentrum für internationale Analysen (STUDIA), Österreich/ Suomen metsäkeskus – Finlands skogscentral, FFC, Finnland / Stiftung Akademie für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, ANE, Deutschland / Provincia autonoma di Trento, PAT, Italien / IREAS, Institut pro Strukturalni Politiku OPS, IREAS CZ, Tschechische Republik / Universeum AB, Universeum, Schweden

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 under the Grant Agreement number 763899, InnoForESt project, within the Innovation Action.
Budget: 4,019 Mio. EURO
Procet duration: 11/2017 – 10/2020

Contact:
Wolfgang Baaske

Impressum
www.innoforest.eu
Twitter: @ InnoForESt

Meals on Wheels

“Meals on wheels” all over the Kirchdorf district

SHV_stella-de-smit-516866-unsplash_Photo by Stella de Smit on UnsplashTo be able to live within one’s own four walls as long as possible is an important concern for most elderly people. Meals on wheels is an important offer that makes this wish a reality. “If my mother is not cared for, she must go to the nursing home” This statement is often heard in the social counselling centres of the social welfare association Kirchdorf (SHV).
This is because the offer in the communities of the Kirchdorf district is highly varied. Kremsmünster, for example, is already celebrating the 30th anniversary of its meal service in 2019. Here and in other communities, committed volunteer deliverers take care of the supply. Many communities in the district, on the other hand, are still “white spots” on the supply map. However, the number of older and elderly people is also increasing in these communities. In addition, there are large differences in the prices for menus and deliveries.
Thus the SHV Kirchdorf started a project at the beginning of the year to develop a districtwide service covering the whole area. STUDIA is currently assessing the needs and the existing services in all municipalities of the district. Based on these results – taking into account the successful models that already exist in the district – a concept is to be developed that will enable a complete supply of “meals on wheels” for the entire district at uniform prices and framework conditions. This model will be tested in a pilot region at the beginning of 2020.

Quote Dr. Goppold (Chairman SHV Kirchdorf): “We are very proud of the existing initiatives. The staff do a lot to provide for our elderly at home. However, we would like to be able to provide for all people in need in the district and therefore make the offer better known. We also want to make use of synergy effects and develop approaches for further services.”

Contact: Hannah Politor

Int. competition: Wooden Modular Furniture

Wooden modular furniture from National Parks: International competition for more sustainability in the region.

An international competition of ideas will create more sustainability in regions of Upper Austria and Bavaria. Typical wood resources will be used for producing high value furniture. European universities for design will be invited for finding new modular design elements as a basis for furniture series.
The project is funded under the Program ‘INTERREG Bayern – Österreich 2007-2013’ by the European Union and the European Fond for Rural Development, and is as well as co-financed by the government of Upper Austria.

SUSTAINGAS – sustainable biogas production in organic farming

SUSTAINGAS aims at promoting sustainable biogas supply by positioning sustainable biogas products from organic farming.

Biogas is an important renewable energy vector with impressive growth and installation rates in the EU. However, production of biogas from organic farms is not sufficiently exploited up to now.

Today, organic farming is gaining importance in the EU providing a significant potential for sustainable biogas production. This potential has not been addressed sufficiently so far and these kind of farms are also in disadvantage as they have higher production costs. There are also concerns in the organic farming community regarding the potential impact of the anaerobic digestion process on the natural cycle. SUSTAINGAS will create a concrete model that can be applied in organic farming. Steps foreseen: set-up of a strategy to address the demands and barriers for an increased biogas production in organic farming; the elaboration of sustainability standards for biogas production in organic farming; the identification of best practice examples; the training of organic farmers and their representatives, biogas consultants and associations; and communication to the consumers.

The big benefit of ‘Zeitbanken’

Old aged people may participate in societal life for a long time – but they may need structures supporting them.

The ‘Zeitbank55+’ model is such a structure, based on mutual confidence and help. In cooperation with the association of “Zeitbanken”, the German SPES e.V. and the Czech centre TOTEM-RDC in Pilsen the immaterial as well the socio-economic effects of the model has been quantified.

The European project “EINHALT”

Keeping in mind the 1945 march of death of Hungarian Jews and other disenfranchised, and encouraging civic courage in the regional population, a holistic approach.

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The European Project is maintaining remembrance for the march of death of Hungarian Jews and other disenfranchised, and encourages civic courage in the regional Population. See also www.einhalt.eu.

Inscription on the floor in the center of the memorial.
Inscription on the floor in the center of the memorial.

Downloads

pdf-icon-48x48 Folder:   DENK MAL – Todesmarsch und Zivilcourage

Courageous Community

The pilot project “Courageous Community” in the municipality of Ansfelden aims at securing social peace in a respectful and helpful cooperation.

The model Courageous Community

promotes social peace and a respectful and constructive cooperation and is aimed at cities and communities. The ability to act is strengthened from an attitude of esteem. Unwanted behaviour such as violence, vandalism, disrespect and discrimination are countered. Positive effects on security and the sense of security in the communities can be observed. The Courageous Community model requires the use of resources: local institutions and civil society are integrated into a network, citizens are involved, and – last but not least – values must be practiced and measures developed from them. As part of the project, a programme was developed that turns a community into a courageous community. To this end, the “New Authority” approach, which has already proved successful in the “family” and “school” systems, was transferred to the context of an Austrian municipality.

 
button_couragierte-gemeindeThe project has developed a tool for social peace in communities with which citizens can create a respectful coexistence.


Downloads

pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – Product development for the ability of civil society to act: Final report (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – product development with QFD (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – market potential analysis (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – Evaluation report 1 (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – Evaluation report 2 (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – presentation at the 7. KIRAS-Conference (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – Summary (in German)
pdf-icon-48x48 COURAGEOUS COMMUNITY – Summary (in English)

Links

Gemeindeinfo Couragierte Gemeinde (PDF)

Links zu den Videos der Fachtagung Couragierte Gemeinde (PDF)

Nachbericht zur Fachtagung Couragierte Gemeinde (PDF)

 

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Energy saving, citizen-friendly and automated mobility is the key to sustainable development. The aim of this study is to compile a strategy suitable for implementing the automated citizen mobility innovation plans of the future that will be economic and primarily powered by renewable energy. The study will comprise energy production methods ranging from storage to use.

The project team
The project team

Existing situation:
Steyr-Kirchdorf is a region that faces major challenges in its multiple roles as an Alpine natural heritage area, an important economic location and a settlement zone. Economic operation of the regional public transport network – the ÖPNV – is frequently not possible when use intensity is low, a situation resulting in a weak transport provision. Against this background households in thinly settled rural areas here are thus under pressure to maintain at least one car in the family. Since the personnel costs in regional bus transport represent over 50% of the total operating costs equation, a self-driving vehicle operation is a clear option for improving efficiency. The use of robotics in combination with environmentally friendly electric mobility opens up the possibility for making public transport significantly more flexible and intensive in its services and to make the region significantly more attractive in the process. The technologies for achieving a fully automated public transport system have already demonstrated their functionality in some specific areas of application and are on the point of a final technical break-through to market maturity. The constraining factors for this lie in social acceptance and cooperation as also in the coordinated application of the technologies logistics, route planning, safety and communication requirements involved.
Contents and objectives:
The implementation of a model region in which an automated self-driving mobility based primarily on renewable energy carriers can be made clearly visible, will give impetus to and help innovations to take off here and beyond the borders of the region. The fundamental innovative content of this exploratory study plan is in the installation of a social process the “mobility laboratory”), which will steer the discourse of all the parties involved while also bundling each of the essential forces required for making implementation a practical reality. The idea of establishing open technology laboratories (“living labs”) is provided with a special focus here: automated mobility powered by up to 100% with renewable energies. Mobility laboratories have an established practice record in urban areas, but have not yet appeared with this focus in rural areas.
Methodical approach:
The applied methods are:
• technology portfolio analysis
• desktop work for analysis and evaluation
• presentations and workshops including experts
Expected results:
The targeted outcome here is a scientific, technical, organisational and economic overall concept for implementing a rural forerunner and flagship region for automated self-driving mobility based fundamentally on renewable energy carriers. The project cluster is intended to comprise ways and means for the generation and storage of energy through to its usage in innovative transport systems (above all with an ICT focus). A particular priority will be to spotlight and develop the acceptance factors for technical solutions within the population. The overall concept comprises a strategy including a description of the region, a schedule plus an account of the economic feasibility, preparation of suitable consortia, defining cooperation and management structures, the definition of planned R&D work and establishing implementation plans in consultation with all the participant groups involved. An energy-saving, citizen-friendly and self-driving automated mobility is the key to sustainable development here. The new technical possibilities comprised in this plan have the potential on appropriate acceptance, of making a significant contribution to strengthening the rural region.