LIFE CLIMATE FOREST - Towards climate resilient forests and forest management

LIFE19 CCA/NL/001218

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Contact details:

Contact person: Wouter Jense
Tel: 31403034973
Email: w.jense@bosgroepzuid.nl

Project description:


The demand for forest ecosystem services and products is projected to increase in the future, driven by market demand and by EU and national policies on energy and climate. However, the condition of forests in Europe is moderate to poor. Climate change impacts will make forests even more vulnerable.The increased vulnerability and deterioration of forests can be reversed towards a higher resilience through enriched and varied forest ecosystems. This ensures sustained provision of ecosystem goods and services for future generations, notably carbon sequestration, biodiversity, wood production, and recreation.


The main objective of LIFE CLIMATE FOREST is to demonstrate a tree-oriented management approach for improving climate resilience of forest ecosystems on sandy soils, which are characteristic of Dutch forests. This improved resilience will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance forest ecosystem services, including increased carbon sequestration, water retention, and recreational value.

The projects specific objectives are to:

  • Demonstrate the effective implementation of a climate-adapted forest management approach for multiple local conditions;
  • Involve the national forest management community in the development of climate-resilient forests throughout the Netherlands, with transnational spin-offs; and
  • Demonstrate and build the business case for Continuous Cover Forestry, a well-proven approach in other EU Member States, in Dutch forests for improving climate resilience.

Furthermore, the project will contribute to a range of EU policy objectives, including the direct implementation of the LULUCF Regulation as part of the 2030 climate and energy framework, and the EU Adaptation Strategy to climate change. The project will also help implement the EU Biodiversity Strategy Target 1 (Protect species and habitats) and Target 2 (Maintain and restore ecosystems), and indirectly contribute to the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive by enabling an increase in soil moisture capacity.


Expected results:

  • Develop a blueprint management plan and subsequent tailored climate smart management plans for each demonstration site;
  • Initiate development towards climate resilience in 13 forest sites of approximately 30 ha each, and further develop 685 ha on 7 already partially adaptive forest sites (totalsurface area: 1 089 ha);
  • Share knowledge to 100 foresters and participatively demonstrate planning and implementation of climate smart measures for a broad range of local conditions;
  • Ensure replication by coaching 35 foresters towards effective climate smart strategy; and
  • Build a climate smart forest management Community of Practice between forest managers and researchers at Dutch and EU levels.

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Environmental issues addressed:

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...
  • Climate Change & Energy efficicency
  • COM(2014)15 - Policy framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030 (22.01.2014 ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Coperatieve Bosgroep Zuid Nederland U.A.
Partners BgNON(Coöperatie Bosgroep Noord-Oost Nederland U.A.), Netherlands SBB(Staatsbosbeheer), Netherlands BgMN(Coöperatie Bosgroep Midden Nederland U.A.), Netherlands


Project reference LIFE19 CCA/NL/001218
Duration 01-SEP-2020 to 31-AUG -2027
Total budget 5,256,662.00 €
EU contribution 2,891,164.00 €
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