Nieuwsbericht 15 June 2022

ForestPaths, forest contribution for a climate-neutral society

Forest-based policy pathways to maximize forest contribution for climate change mitigation

The EU has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and to become climate neutral by 2050, which require urgent and major societal and economic reforms. The new Horizon Europe ForestPaths project aims to offer forest-based solutions to help meet these targets.

Many recent policy efforts highlight the need for climate mitigation measures, such as the Paris Agreement, the European Green Deal, and the EU’s Fit for 55 policy package. Together with the project partners we are happy to announce a new EU project ‘ForestPaths’ which starts in September 2022.

ForestPaths will identify climate and biodiversity-smart forest management options and investigate how these could be taken up by forest owners and managers across Europe. Together with policymakers and other stakeholders, the project will design, quantify and evaluate holistic forest-based policy pathways to optimise the contribution of forests and meet climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity goals, through a series of Policy Labs.



Mapping European forests with high-resolution data and machine learning.

Within the ForestPaths project, VITO Remote Sensing will focus on advanced monitoring of forests and disturbances. In a joint effort with the Technical University of Munich we will develop maps over Europe representing forest composition and structure, as input to forest models. 

Discover more about the project’s objectives, activities and the policy support platform in the blog ‘Building on forests for a climate neutral society: the ForestPaths project’.