My Sustainable Forest
Forests, cornerstone of the EU economy (42% of EU land) and source of multiple social benefits, need to be managed according to the sustainability principles as stated in the EU Forest Strategy. However managers lack accurate / up-to-date data to do so. Traditional forest inventories provide detailed characterization of forests from the ecologic and dasometric perspective; but they are expensive and typically planned on a 10-year basis. This periodicity is much lower than required for planning forests commercial or recreational activities on the basis of these data. Forest change rates demand tools able to monitor, on annual basis, the forest area, the attributes of available timber, or the different ecosystem services.
MySustainableForest aims to develop a pre-commercial service and platform for forest stakeholders, compliant with open and standard interfaces, to integrate Earth Observation into the forest stakeholders’ decision making processes and daily operations. It will be implemented on the basis of the GMV prototyped-service, eoForest and will leverage partners’ LiDAR and forest-modelling expertise. It engages relevant European public and private forest stakeholders: RAIZ (R&D branch of The Navigator Company), Croatian Forest Research Institute, Mendel University in Brno, Forest Owners Association of Navarra and Lithuania, Syndicat des Sylviculteurs du Sud-Ouest, European Forest Institute, and 2 innovative SMEs (MADERA+ and Föra).
Its added value will be demonstrated in 6 different bioclimatic zones from Portugal, Spain, France, Croatia, the Czech Rep. and Lithuania, and across a variety of management protocols and forest usages. The economic viability of the service will be assessed and the associated business model validated. As a larger implication of MySustainableForest, it is expected that End-Users will optimize their operations by up to 10%, participating SMEs´ headcounts will increase by up to 20% and GMV’s market share in the sector increase by up to 10%.