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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. By linking practical and scientific knowledge to be synergistically transformed into action and building a large and powerful multi-stakeholder network, SUPERB is creating transformative change towards large-scale restoration.

About the project

With 36 partners in 16 countries, led by the European Forest Institute and co-coordinated by Wageningen Environmental Research, 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.

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New in SUPERB

Incentivizing biodiversity restoration in European forests: Should we pay forest owners for implementing actions or for delivering results?

Figure 1: Action-based indicators and their result-based counterparts analyzed in the study As a means to promote forest restoration, the EU Forest Strategy for 2030 explicitly encourages EU member states to implement payment schemes to support private forest owners and managers in the provision of ecosystem services such as biodiversity. While some examples of such …

SUPERB Welcomes Landmark Adoption of EU Nature Restoration Law: A Decisive Moment for European Ecosystems

After months of negotiations and deliberations, the Council of the EU formally approved the Nature Restoration Law on Monday, 17 June, aiming to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030 and all degraded ecosystems by 2050. To SUPERB coordinator Elisabeth Schatzdorfer, Principal Scientist at the European Forest Institute, this …

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Forest Restoration: Carbon, Water and So Much More

Forests and trees do so much more than simply capturing carbon. While carbon storage provides a vital service, a focus on the crucial role of carbon alone neglects the many other vital contributions forests make. For example, their role in sustaining biodiversity, contributing to local people, and maintaining the water cycle, require greater emphasis. In their …

“Everything you need to know about biodiversity credits”: A Crash Course with SUPERB’s Dr Sophus zu Ermgassen  

As an expert in biodiversity finance and offsetting, ecological economist Dr Sophus zu Ermgassen from Oxford University likes to investigate the question of how to make “biodiversity credits work for nature”.   In a recent webinar for IUCN CEM’s Impact Mitigation and Ecological Comensation Thematic Group, the researcher notes that there’s a tension between “what is …

Åsa and Margareta talking about the forest

A really nice forest chat

#ForestRestorationStory by Åsa Granberg, practical coordinator in SUPERB’s Swedish demo Last Friday, I had one of the best forest moments in a long time. It all started in the morning when I scanned through the post of the day. I have recently helped our Swiss project colleagues Moses Kazungu and Marcel Hunziker to distribute letters …

Restoring after forest dieback: First Public Engagement Workshop in our German demo area

The pressure to act and restore the forest ecosystem is immense in our German demo area in North-Rhine Westphalia: Having suffered massive pest outbreaks 6 years ago, the region still struggles with widespread forest dieback. As many forest owners have been challenged in the past years, restoration efforts in the area remain at early stages. …

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