Thanks for your contribution

The Questionnaire phase of FORESTS and CO is now over.

FORESTS and CO is a collaborative project in which forest researchers and experts work together to make relevant, European-scale analysis on the potential trade-offs between multiple objectives of forest management. In this first phase, we collected information on the spatial distribution of primary forest remnants in the European region (continental Europe with the exception of Russia). Click here for the definitions of ‘Primary forest remnant’

What a better occasion to thank all the participants that contributed with their expertise and helped us understand what kind of data exists how to gather it!

In total we invited 134 people from 32 different European countries. The countries with the the highest share of people contacted were: Germany, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic and Italy.

 

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Pie chart showing the breakdown of the nationalities of the forest scientists and experts invited to fill out the questionnaires

The rate of response was impressive. When accounting for both the responses to the questionnaires and the informal feedbacks, we were contacted by 65 forest researchers and experts, a ratio of response close to 50%. The countries from which we received the highest share of responses were Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Germany and Romania.

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Pie chart showing the breakdown of the nationalities of the forest experts responding to our invitation, either through the questionnaires of through informal feedbacks

 

Here are the raw data used for producing the pie charts above. In the table you can see the number of people contacted per country, as well as the number of responses (questionnaire + informal responses), the response/contact ration (%), and the number of responses to the two main questionnaires (Q1 = Maps and Databases, and Q2 = Forest Fact-sheet).

 

Country # Contacts # Responses Response/ Contact Q1 Entries Q2 Entries
Albania 4 1 25.0% 0 1
Austria 3 1 33.3% 0 0
Belgium 2 1 50.0% 0 0
Bosnia-Herzegovina 1 0 0.0% 3 5
Bulgaria 3 1 33.3% 3 0
Croatia 1 1 100.0% 1 0
Czech Republic 10 8 80.0% 1 1
Denmark 2 1 50.0% 0 0
Estonia 2 0 0.0% 0 0
Finland 8 2 25.0% 1 0
France 2 2 100.0% 1 1
Germany 11 5 45.5% 1 1
Greece 8 7 87.5% 4 5
Hungary 6 3 50.0% 4 1
Italy 11 6 54.5% 3 3
Latvia 1 0 0.0% 0 0
Lithuania 1 1 100.0% 1 0
Malta 1 0 0.0% 0 0
Montenegro 1 0 0.0% 1 2
Netherlands 1 0 0.0% 0 0
Norway 1 0 0.0% 0 0
Poland 7 4 57.1% 1 0
Portugal 1 0 0.0% 0 0
Romania 14 4 28.6% 4 2
Serbia 2 0 0.0% 0 0
Slovakia 3 2 66.7% 1 0
Slovenia 4 2 50.0% 2 0
Spain 5 1 20.0% 3 2
Sweden 5 0 0.0% 1 0
Switzerland 5 3 60.0% 2 0
Ukraine 6 2 33.3% 5 0
United Kingdom 2 0 0.0% 0 0

 

What happens next?

We are now synthesizing the data we received, and carrying on a literature review to integrate these data. Thanks to your contribution, we will now be able to identify the relevant databases and maps containing data on the distribution and characteristics of the primary forest remnants for each country, and hopefully we will be able to access them. Shortly, we will get in touch with the people willing to collaborate with us and share this invaluable data. We prepared a draft document to describe our ideas of how these data should be governed and what the conditions should be for sharing them. All the participants will be invited to contribute and comment on these conditions.

Finally, we are also preparing the architecture of the joint database that will host the data, so that all the data coming from multiple sources could be easily formatted to a common standard. The first map of primary forest remnants of Europe will be the next step!

 

 

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