Case Studies


In order to understand and map out the current and future ecological, socio-political and economic driving forces of integrated forest management, the INFORMAR team is conducting a case study research.  

The INFORMAR team, supported by forestry experts from science and practice, has preselected a list of case studies on integration of biodiversity conservation in European forest management. The cases represent the large variety of ecological, societal, economic, and political conditions present in forest management practices in Europe. The preliminary list contains sites located in 9 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland). The selection of cases has been done jointly with the Swiss research project OForest (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, WSL). Research collaboration between WSL and EFI includes joint data collection through interviews and joint publications. The contact person from WSL is Dr. Frank Krumm.  

The team is conducting structured expert interviews with forest managers across several European countries on examples/cases of Integrated Forest Management. In each country, two interviews are conducted with (1) a national forestry expert and (2) a national nature conservation expert.  

The case study research started in May 2018. The process of a data collection will last until February 2019 and will be followed by an analysis and compilation of narrative descriptions of the case study. The findings from the expert interviews will be presented in a research report to the INTEGRATE network in the second part of 2019. They will provide a basis for a policy-oriented discussion in the network to reflect on ways and means to support the implementation of nature conservation into sustainable forest management in Europe.  

Further information: Agata Konczal

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