Projects


2018-2021. SINCERE-Spurring Innovations for Forest Ecosystem Services in Europe. Georg Winkel (Principal investigator), J.A. Bonet (Researcher). European Union-H2020-RUR-2017-1-Innovation Actions (SEP-210408983)

SINCERE’s main strategic goal is to advance innovative mechanisms (IM) (including novel policies and business models) that support the provision of Forest Ecosystem Services across Europe and beyond, and to align them with a coordinated supportive policy framework in view of working towards a Europe-wide incentive system for Forest Ecosystem Services.

2017-2020. MEDfOR- Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management. Jose Borges (Project coordinator), José Antonio Bonet (UdL coordinator). European Union-Erasmus+: Key Action 1-Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs). (586638-EPP-1-2017-1-PT-EPPKA1-JMD-MOB).

MEDfOR - Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management is a two-year Erasmus Mundus Master Course Programme that answers a call for a coordinated approach throughout the Mediterranean basin to develop reliable information and tools - based on sound science and a multidisciplinary approach, in order to improve Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management and policy-making. The partners of the MEDFOR master are Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal - University of Padova, Italy - University of Lleida, Spain - University of Valladolid, Spain - Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey - University of Tuscia, Italy - Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal.

2017-2020. INCREdible-Innovation Networks of Cork, Resins and Edibles in the Mediterranean basin. Inazio Martínez de Arano (Principal investigator), José Antonio Bonet (PI). European Union-H2020-RUR-2017-1-Coordination and Support Actions (774632).

The purpose of INCREdible is to address the existing research and innovation knowledge divide in relation to NWFP-service systems of the Mediterranean basin. In particular, INCREdible aims to link knowledge and foster collaboration among different groups of stakeholders, developing innovative business models and enhancing the expertise of rural regions towards the development of inclusive economic strategies.

2017-2018. Thirsty Rivers: how climate warming and changes in fluvial dynamics contribute to dieback of riparian forests. J. Julio Camarero (Principal investigator), M. Aguilera, J. Voltas (Researchers). BBVA Foundation.

In the Mediterranean basin riparian forests constitute highly dynamic terrestrial ecosystems but they are threatened by their vulnerability to climate change and the impact of anthropic activities. This project proposes a comparative study of riparian forests from the Ebro valley in northeastern Spain in order to gather information on local and regional vulnerability of such delicate ecosystems based on the information provided by stable isotopes (C, H, O).

2016-2018. MYCOSYSTEMS-Evaluation of fungal diversity and its influence in generating forest ecosystem services. José Antonio Bonet (PI). MINECO

The main aim of this project is to determine the factors that affect fungal diversity in forest ecosystems, providing a scientific basis to develop tools oriented toward sustainable management in order to maximize the provision of ecosystem services associated to fungal diversity.

2016-2018. FUTURPIN - Adaptive framework for future management of genetic resources in Mediterranean pines (AGL2015-68274-C3). Jose Climent (INIA–CIFOR-Coordinator), Rafael Zas (MBG-CSIC), Jordi Voltas (UdL-Agrotecnio). MINECO, Spain.

The aim of this Project is to improve our understanding of the capacity of Mediterranean pinewoods to adapt to global change and to design strategies of management of forest genetic recourses ensuring the persistence of pine forests and the maintenance of intraspecific genetic diversity. This project has a precedent, coordinated by the same teams. The present proposal broadens the range of species studied and proposes new experimental approaches to study the co(variation) and plasticity of life history traits, extends the concept of integrated phenotype to new functional characters, associated with ecosystem services, and further deepens in the direct repercussions of the possible adaptive syndromes on the recruitment and responses to selection that will influence the next generations.

2016-2017. Temporal and spatial dynamics of Mediterranean plant communities: How can we promote resistance and resilience to cope with global change disturbance? Josu G Alday (PI). Juan de la Cierva-incorporación (MINECO)

The aim of this research is to identify components of community resistance and resilience to perturbations (i.e. anthropic), using long-term Mediterranean community datasets, with the focus on designing new actions and provide solutions to enhance the ecosystem’s capacity to withstand global change.

2016-2017. MULTIFUNGTIONALITY-Fungal diversity, ecosystem services and forest management: unravelling the role and dynamics of fungal communities in multifunctional Mediterranean Forests. Sergio de Miguel (PI). European Union- Marie Skolodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

This action aims at unravelling how fungal diversity is affected by environmental and anthropogenic drivers and, in turn, how fungal diversity affects the provision of multiple ecosystem services to be further integrated into multifunctional forest management.

2016-2019. POSTFIRE - Fire-induced tree mortality: underlying PrOcesseS and leaf-To-region consequences for the recovery and management oF MedIterranean foREsts. V. Resco de Dios (PI). MINECO.

This project will test the overarching hypothesis that the flammability of Mediterranean forests has increased as a consequence of climatic and land use changes, and that concomitant decreases in the hydraulic status of the vegetation significantly increase the vulnerability of Mediterranean forests to undergo deforestation after a fire. The project is timely because, under the novel climatic conditions of the 21st century, deforestation is expected to expand even into forest types that have so far shown resistance and resilience to fire. Anticipating the vulnerability of Mediterranean forests to fire-induced deforestation is essential to design appropriate anticipatory management actions.

2015-2018. BASIL: Landscape-scale biodiversity and the balancing of provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services. Jasmin Joshi (University of Postdam-Coordinator), Jordi Voltas (Partner UdL-Agrotecnio). BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI network.

BASIL aims at understanding the importance of diversity from the field to the agricultural landscape scale evaluating the mosaic of extensively and intensively managed sites and natural habitats for ecosystem services and a sustainable agriculture. The BASIL project is being developed in contact with networks of farmers who promote the use of different plant species and reduced soil tillage in order to 1) benefit from their field observations and 2) transfer to them our scientific knowledge.

2015-2017. INFORMED-Integrated research on Forest Resilience and Management in the Mediterranean F. Lefevre (PI), José Antonio Bonet (Researcher). European Union-VII Framework Programme, Collaborative Projects ERANET-FORESTERRA.

The objective of the project is to investigate management options to foster resilience of Mediterranean forests under different global change scenarios. The project will also assess the ecosystem services and their dynamics based on ecosystem functions and their economic evaluation defining policy and governance options for their expected impact on resilience

2013-2017. NWFPs - European non-wood forest products network (FP1203). Luis Fontes (Univ. Lisboa-Coordinator), José Antonio Bonet (WG leader: Mushroom & truffles). European Union: COST Action.

The aim of the Action is to build a multidisciplinary European-wide network of NWFP researchers and managers, who will review current knowledge, highlight existing innovation, share information, identify research topics, seek research synergies and generally increase European knowledge about Non-Wood Forest Products ecology, modelling, management and economics.

2012-2016. STAR-TREE- Multipurpose trees and non-wood forest products a challenge and opportunity. José Antonio Bonet (Researcher-Coordinator Catalonian Case study). European Union-VII Framework Programme-Collaborative Project (KBBE.2012.1.2-06).

The main aim of the project is to show how Multi-Purpose Trees (MPT) and Non Wood Forest Products (NWFP) can be used to strengthen and diversify economic activities in rural areas by providing better understanding, knowledge, guidance and tools to support stakeholders in optimizing the management of MPT and developing innovative approaches for increasing the marketability and profitability of NWFP for a more competitive rural economy. StarTree relies on strong stakeholder engagement through case studies in 14 regions across Europe and in-depth case studies in 7 key areas, including Catalonia.