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The Natural Resource Institute Finland (Luke) is coordinating DIABOLO, one of the pioneer research projects under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenges programme. DIABOLO will result in more accurate, harmonised and timely information on forest resources through the collaborative network of European National Forest Inventories (ENFIN). The results will support the development of EU policies and international processes relying on consistent forest information. The DIABOLO consortium consists of 33 partners from 25 European countries and has a total budget of 5 million EUR.

DIABOLO tackles Europe’s social, ecological and economic challenges

Europe’s forest sector, as part of the European green infrastructure, can contribute to tackling significant future social, ecological and economic challenges. These challenges will increase the demands on forests. For instance, the demand for wood in Europe is forecasted to increase significantly as a result of the developing bio-economy and it is not really known if Europe’s forests are producing enough wood to meet future demands. Besides wood and energy production, demands also include carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, water protection, landscape management, soil protection and nutrient regulation, tourism and recreation. The increasing competition for resources will call for new forest-related policies at different political levels and across different sectors. These policies demand relevant, harmonised, comprehensive and reliable up-to-date data and information, in order to achieve strong evidence-based, balanced and optimal decision-making.

As a response to these challenges the 4-year EU funded Horizon 2020 research project DIABOLO, “Distributed, integrated and harmonised forest information for bio-economy outlooks”, was launched with 33 partners from 25 European countries at the kick-off meeting in Joensuu, Finland, 27th-28th April 2015.

DIABOLO outcomes improve knowledge on European forest resources to support the development of an innovative, sustainable and inclusive bio-economy

During the kick-off meeting in Joensuu, the DIABOLO consortium agreed the framework on how to achieve, disseminate, communicate and start exploiting the three main outputs during the lifetime of the research project:

  • improvements in the methods of data collection, such as national forest inventories and monitoring systems, in order to produce more accurate, harmonised and timely information that can be fed into EU forest information systems
  • consistent, up-to-date forest information to support the development of EU policies and international processes
  • methodologies to make innovative use of data collected using terrestrial, aerial and space based platforms.

DIABOLO aims at producing better knowledge of forest resources and their ability to sustainably supply forest ecosystem goods and services as required by a broad range of relevant stakeholders. This knowledge will create new opportunities for an innovative, sustainable and inclusive bio-economy in Europe.

To deliver high impact, beyond state-of-the-art results, the trans-disciplinary research project DIABOLO involves experts from 25 European countries, in quantitative modelling, policy and social science, and national forest inventories, committed to provide new methodologies and information for a variety of end-uses within the ecological, social and economic diversity in Europe.

DIABOLO – Distributed, Integrated and Harmonised Forest Information for Bioeconomy Outlooks. T
his project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633464. Project duration: 1.3.2015–28.2.2019
Coordinator: Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)