A link between science and authorities will be insured to improve the efficiency of policies concerning these environmental issues. The results will serve as a decision-support tool for national and European authorities and for the forest management adaptation.
The project interests the forest managers for the conservation of forest by an adapted global management. Sustainable forest management is essential for reducing the vulnerability of forests to climate change.
At the international level, the most important stakeholders will be the several bodies of the European Commission, namely DG Environment, DG Research and the European Forest Data Center (EFDAC). Every year, results of this project will be communicated at European scale during international conferences and will serve in international environment policies such as the Kyoto Protocol under the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC), the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) and the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA).
Within FO3REST consortium, several associated beneficiaries will cooperate with experts of the International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests), on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops (ICP Vegetation) and on Modelling and Mapping of Critical Loads and Levels and Air Pollution Effects, Risks and Trends (ICP Modelling and Mapping) in order to transfer results about ozone standards for vegetation protection and reach maximum harmonisation of methods and standards in forest monitoring for mutual benefit.
These project activities will be carried out in collaboration with the main forest networks of dissemination in the field of air pollution and climate change, that is: IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Research group 7.01.00 Impacts of Air Pollution and Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems; and COST Action FP0903 “Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment”.
At the national and local levels the beneficiaries already maintain close contacts to forest managers and ministries which are responsible for forests and the environment, as well as related governmental institutions such as state or regional forest services and environmental agencies. This facilitates a direct implementation of expected results.