The success of FORESTS and CO heavily depends on the input of the community of forest scientists and experts. Here we describe what the need of constituting a Collaborative Network of researchers and how we are planning to manage the data that will be collected by the network.
The need of an international, collaborative effort
The direct contributions of the study of primary and old-growth forests to develop sustainable silvicultural systems has been so far partially hampered by the fact that the results of most studies are generally context-dependent. Europe is composed by a wealth of unique forest landscapes, each being the result of century-long interactions between the local environment and land-use traditions. Many studies that focused on the multiple functions and services of European forests were conducted exclusively in one or a few forest types, thus making it difficult to upscale their findings to the European level. Furthermore, primary forest remnants for many forest types are indeed very scarce in Europe, and this further complicates the task of drawing some general insights on the trade-offs and synergies between the different ecosystem services provided by the European forests.
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