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Improved National Forest Inventory data supports evidence-based policy making at the national, regional and European level. DIABOLO, a H2020 project, provides solutions for policies related to climate, environment, land-use and the bioeconomy.

The DIABOLO project has responded to European, regional and national challenges while addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results from the DIABOLO project such as statistically sound and harmonised data, as well as outlooks on forest resources and their use, can support the development of a sustainable and circular bioeconomy.

As coordinator of DIABOLO, Prof. Dr. Tuula Packalen from the Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke, explains: “We have provided solutions for sustainable, resilient and climate-smart forestry. For example, bioeconomy investments across Europe rely on the availability of natural resources. At the same time, ecological sustainability of the environment must not be compromised. DIABOLO solutions help understand the trade-offs between different forms of land-use and forest services and products.”

New tools and techniques for sustainable forestry

Among the DIABOLO results are integrated remote sensing techniques and data from National Forest Inventories for multipurpose forestry. Also tools allowing rapid disturbance monitoring have been developed.

Around 90 European forest inventory experts and scientists, forest data providers, national and regional policy makers and forest managers from over 30 countries world-wide gather to the DIABOLO Final Conference in the Koli National Park, Finland, on 12–14 February 2019. A specific focus will be placed on the future possibilities to exploit the results and tools developed in the project.

Among the speakers of the final conference are Dr. Johanna Buchert, President and CEO of Luke, and Dr. Peter Mayer, Director General of Austrian Forest Research Institute. The conference is organised back-to-back with the following events: National Forest Inventories towards 2020 in the context of DIABOLO and the UNECE Forest Sector Outlook Day.

Coordinated by Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), the DIABOLO project has brought together 33 partners from scientific institutions in 25 European countries. DIABOLO – Distributed, Integrated and Harmonised Forest Information for Bioeconomy Outlooks – has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for 2015 – 2019. Agreement number 633464.

Big issues require diverse expertise. The DIABOLO project group has created solutions for sustainable, resilient and climate-smart forestry. Photo: Erkki Oksanen.

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