Integrate+ is a demonstration project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) to establish a European network of demonstration sites for the integration of biodiversity conservation into forest management.
It runs from December 2013 to December 2016 and builds on a partner network from research and practice with a focus on implementation of integrative management and enhancing transnational exchange of experiences.
The network is accompanied by the development of mobile training software applications which will allow to perform virtual tree selection exercises under different scenarios and forest management strategies.
The demonstration sites network provides unique opportunities for field visits and first hand information on practical approaches to integrate conservation aspects into commercially managed forests.
Integrate+ intends to raise awareness and create visibility for integrative forest management approaches in Europe and support policy dialogue between different interest groups. The principle of “seeing is building better understanding” will find application. Taking into account societal demands it will create increased acceptance with the general public that biodiversity can well be incorporated in managed forests alongside timber production.
Integrate+ is conducted by the Central European Regional Office (EFICENT) of the European Forest Institute (EFI) and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL).