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SUPERB: Upscaling Forest Restoration

SUPERB (Systemic solutions for upscaling of urgent ecosystem restoration for forest related biodiversity and ecosystem services) is a €20 million project funded by the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the EU Green Deal to restore thousands of hectares of forest landscape across Europe and create lasting transformative change towards large-scale restoration.

About the project

With 36 partners in 16 countries and led by the European Forest Institute, SUPERB will carry out concrete restoration actions in 12 large-scale demonstration areas. These demos not only represent the diversity of stressors on European forests and the wide range of necessary restoration actions but also consider entire socio-ecological systems including people’s manyfold needs for ecosystem goods and services.

To implement our objectives, we will foster an enabling environment for future-oriented forest restoration by demonstrating and testing together restoration approaches with local stakeholders and increasing societal awareness and support. In the course of the project, we will create a large and powerful multi-stakeholder network and movement for the development, uptake, and upscaling of transformative forest restoration approaches and actions.

News

A new online tool to make restoration decisions easier

Ecosystem restoration is a complex process, from identifying in-need landscapes to determining best practices for planting trees and promoting natural regeneration. To help restoration actors, funders and other partners plan, carry out and monitor successful projects, FAO and World Resources Institute (WRI) have created AURORA, a web application named for Assessment, Understanding and Reporting of Restoration Activities. The …

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New publication: Policy responses to the Ukraine crisis threaten European biodiversity

SUPERB researchers Niels Strange from University of Copenhagen and Joseph William Bull from Kent University have recently contributed to the “Correspondence” section in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, elaborating on the policy movement away from Russia as a response to the Ukraine crisis and how the recent EU changes to land use policy could …

Wrap-up: What science can tell us about forest biodiversity in Europe & Launching of SUPERB

Wrap-up: What science can tell us about forest biodiversity in Europe & Launching of SUPERB

The ThinkForest science-policy event organised within the #EUGreenWeek on 30 May in Sibiu, Romania, focused on forest biodiversity and forest restoration while marking the official launch of SUPERB. SUPERB, Europe’s largest transational forest restoration project, was presented by Elisabeth Pötzelsberger, project coordinator at European Forest Institute (EFI). The project involves more than 100 forest science …

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From the birds’ eye perspective to actions on the ground

SUPERB to promote forest restoration and adaptation across Europe By Gesche Schifferdecker Imagine you were a bird flying over Europe. You would see cities and villages, rivers, agricultural landscape, and forests covering almost one-third of Europe. You would distinguish many different types of trees: dark green or more reddish, straight and tall, wide and crooked …

Demo areas

Click on the blue dots to explore our demo areas and meet our local project partners!

Demo Areas Europe map
Scotland
Italy
Netherlands
Czech Republic
Germany
Sweden
Croatia
Romania
Denmark
Spain
France
Serbia

Partners