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MoniFun Project kicked off

Zwei Männer stehen im Wald in messen Baumstämme im Rahmen der Waldinventur ab

New EU Project strives to enhance European Forest Monitoring.

The new EU funded “MoniFun” project, officially known as “Co-creating a blueprint of a harmonised European Forest Multifunctionality Monitoring System – MoniFun”, began its operations on January 1, 2024. This initiative is aimed to establish the blueprint for a comprehensive European Forest Multifunctionality Monitoring System (EFMMS). The EFMMS deals with the challenges posed by climate change and environmental stressors on Europe’s forests. The MoniFun project is a collaborative effort involving a research consortium of 13 project partners from 11 European countries.

“The need for such an initiative has arisen due to lack of harmonized European-level information required by policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the multifaceted aspects of forests. These aspects encompass properties related to forest resources, and the connection of forests with society, climate and biodiversity to support progress towards climate action and reversing biodiversity loss.“

Project Coordinator Lauri Mehtätalo (Natural Resource Institute Finland – LUKE)

The initiative will use a multi-actor approach to ensure the wide applicability of the monitoring system, addressing the information needs of various institutions and stakeholders. The project aims at mapping the essential information needs and responding to these using data with sufficient quality and the most suitable data sources, such as remote sensing, national forest inventories and other existing data sources.

Drohnenaufnahme, die Wald von oben zeigt sowie einen Kreis von Menschen, die auf einer Forststraße stehen
Photo: BFW / Florian Winter

Key innovations in MoniFun are tools that can efficiently combine these data sources using semi-automatic methods without a need to risk the confidentiality of the original data sets. To address methodological challenges, MoniFun will develop harmonized solutions, maximizing the system’s applicability.
MoniFun is funded under the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under project no. 101134991.

Project MoniFun

Project Contact: Mehtätalo Lauri (LUKE)
Communication: Christian Lackner (BFW)
Project duration: 48 months (01.01.2024 – 31.12.2027)

Project Partners in the consortium:

  1. Luonnonvarkeskus (LUKE), Finland
  2. Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
  3. Consiglio per la Ricerca in Agricoltura e l’Analisi dell ‘Economia Agraria (CREA), Italy
  4. Ústav Pro Hospodářskou Úpravu Lesů Brandýs Nad Labem (UHUL FMI), Czech Republic
  5. Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. (FNR), Germany
  6. Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei (Thünen), Germany
  7. European Forest Institute (EFI), Finland
  8. NIBIO – Norsk Institutt for Biookonomi (NIBIO), Norway
  9. Stichting Wageningen Research (WR), The Netherlands
  10. Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU), Sweden
  11. Bundesforschungszentrum für Wald (BFW), Austria
  12. European Environmental Agency (EEA), EU
  13. Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landwirtschaft (WSL), Switzerland
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