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A Novel EU Project Provides Forest Information for Europe’s Roadmap Towards Climate Neutrality

A better monitoring of Europe’s forest will help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The overall aim is to aid Europe’s transition to a climate-neutral and resilient society and economy. Purposeful policy decisions are based on reliable information on the state and future development of forest resources.

All in all, 23 research organizations across Europe take part in the four-year EU-funded PathFinder endeavor to improve Europe’s forest monitoring capability – helping increase carbon storage and stop biodiversity loss in forests.

Forests are central to Europe’s economies, climate, and biodiversity

Firstly, the PathFinder project aims to develop a common monitoring system of Europe’s forests. This is important because coherent forest monitoring ensures updated and consistent information about greenhouse gas emissions from forests across Europe. Through the PathFinder project we will standardize the way these data are collected across Europe and harmonize the way this information is shared.
In addition, the EU requires policies that foster a forest-based bioeconomy that help mitigate climate change and promote biodiversity. Currently, decision making is hampered because timely and reliable information is missing.

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A PathFinder method for climate mitigation and adaptation in Europe

A second aim of the EU-funded PathFinder project is to develop models that can project how European forests can contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation under various scenarios, using different natural and socio-economic drivers.
This enables the third aim where PathFinder scientists, together with stakeholders – including policymakers, landowners, forest managers, and nature & biodiversity conservationists – set forward to mobilize their understanding and evidence in ways that can help link short-term decisions to long-term outcomes, thus providing more effective and resilient future forest management pathways.

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Photo: Erling Fløistad, NIBIO

Contact persons:

At BFW: DI Ambros Berger,
Project coordinator: Professor Johannes Breidenbach,, Twitter: @Jo_Breidenbach

Facts about PathFinder:

The four-year PathFinder has a budget of Euro 6.3 million and consists of 23 research partners and coordinated by NIBIO’s Research Professor Johannes Breidenbach.


September 2022 – August 2026
PathFinder receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe (HORIZON) Research & Innovation Programme (ID No 101056907).
Twitter: @EuPathFinder

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