Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Incentivising Future Forest Ecosystem Services and Incomes in Europe: INTERCEDE

Last update: May 16, 2024 Last update: May 16, 2024


Locations:Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain
Start Date:Mar 1, 2024
End Date:Feb 29, 2028
Contract value: EUR 5,999,675
Sectors:Environment & NRM, SME & Private Sector Environment & NRM, SME & Private Sector
Date posted:May 16, 2024

Associated funding

Associated experts


Programme(s): HORIZON.2.6 - Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment 

Topic(s): HORIZON-CL6-2023-CircBio-01-13 - Capturing market trends and societal perceptions for tailor-made forest services

Call for proposal: HORIZON-CL6-2023-CIRCBIO-01

Funding Scheme: HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions

Grant agreement ID: 101135159


Forests are crucial for climate mitigation, biodiversity protection, water flow regulation, recreational, cultural and health services – and many other forest ecosystem services (FES). Yet, a s our key challenge, Europe’s forests at present critically undershoot their potential to deliver FES. Climate change will affect future FES supply. Societal demand for FES will be complex, and highly dynamic. Some FES economic values are ill explored. Facing these challenges, INTERCEDE will help to better match future FES supply and demand from Europe’s forests. First, we will project theory-informed yet evidence-based scenarios for future FES supply and demand. Second, as recognized in the EU Forest Strategy, Market-Based Instruments (MBI) can be key in improving tailored incentives and incomes for forest owners to manage their forest for socially optimal FES provision. MBI can thus help aligning FES supply with multidimensional demand. We will comprehensively map and evaluate Europe’s current MBI landscape, adding new rigorous impact evaluations of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) schemes, while also assessing the EU’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) investments from a PES angle. From this, we will develop effective, adaptable and scalable MBI policies. We can only achieve this by systematically connecting research to policy and practice, creating our multi-actor aligned Transdisciplinary Forum as key interface. Our consortium brings together small and medium-sized enterprises assisting forest owners in FES management practices, organisations representing landowners and environmental interests, and researchers who excel in modelling and valuing FES, in the economics of instrument design, and in governance and policy analysis. The consortium will mid-way in the project set up an Accelerator Service for (new or preexisting) PES and MBI schemes, piloting new designs and MBI business models to boost the development, outcomes and impacts of targeted interventions.

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