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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.

SUPERB & IUFRO Forest Restoration Talks

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Every second Wednesday of the month, always at 16:00 CET.

New in SUPERB

Turning Over a New Leaf: Replanting Quercus Robur with Lessons Learned

Within the SUPERB project, a noteworthy advancement was achieved last week in the Serbian part of the Cross-border demo area, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing replanting efforts in Biosphere Reserve Gornje Podunavlje. This latest phase of our activities within the SUPERB project not only highlights the adaptability and resilience of the conservation efforts …

World Café

Trade-offs and synergies between European and national forest restoration policies and laws 

#RestorationStory by Simon Fleckenstein and Antonio Basilicata on a stimulating exchange at the science-policy-practice interface  Climate resilience and biodiversity are mutually reinforcing preconditions for forests to deliver what we as societies need: e.g. wood and other forest products, and opportunities for recreation. But how can we reach this, considering incoherencies and unexplored synergies between European …

Upcoming webinar – Tree planting and water cycling: always a win-win situation?

In the next SUPERB/IUFRO Forest Restoration Talk, we’ll take a trip to the Loess Plateau in China to investigate the nexus between forest restoration and water. As climate change impacts creep in, considering the options and limitations of forest restoration from the perspective of water cycling has become critical, especially in dry regions of the …

‘10 Must-Knows’ as guide for preserving biodiversity  

New policy report with chapter on integrating biodiversity conservation with forest management  From yet undiscovered biodiversity to resilient forests and the impact of food consumption on nature: 64 experts have now pooled their knowledge and recommendations and published them in the form of “10 Must Knows from Biodiversity Research” for 2024. The new report from …

FORWARDS project annual meeting: exploring and co-designing the forestward observatory

Advancing forest conservation and restoration initiatives through collaborative engagement Berlin, 12-14 March 2024 – The FORWARDS project held its Annual Meeting from March 12th to 14th, 2024, convening the consortium to address progress, challenges, and future trajectories. The focus of the meeting was co-designing the ForestWard Observatory, emphasizing collaborative design processes and efforts in disturbance …

Restoring forests on poor sandy soils

Restoration Story by Silke Jacobs & Lisa Raats When visiting the Dutch SUPERB demo area at the end of January, one could see a grayish dust cloud coming from a helicopter that was flying over the forests. The helicopter was covering the forest soil with rock dust: a much-needed measure in forests growing on dry sandy …

Demo areas

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