Enhancement of Ecosystem Services of Communally Managed Commercial Forests in China

ECO, within the period 01/2013-05/2015, had implemented the project "Valorization of Ecosystem Services of Commercial Forests in Sub-tropical Regions of China" commissioned by Germany’s Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). In its second implementation phase, in recognition of the project’s demonstrated success and corresponding requests by the Chinese partners, a first short-term mission by ECO’s team of experts took place in autumn 2016, followed by a coordination meeting in Beijing. 

The project "Enhancement of Ecosystem Services of Communally Managed Commercial Forests in China" as it was labelled in its second implementation phase, directly incorporated lessons learnt from the first phase. Notably it promoted (i) practical application of multi-purpose, close-to-nature forest management as an ecologically and economically viable alternative to either all-out plantation management or blanket protection; (ii) practice-oriented innovation by means of applied research; and (iii) wider replication of best practices (exploration of upscaling pathways, e.g. capacity development, science-policy interface).

With an identical partner and steering structure the project's ties with local co-operators (Forest Management Units and county-level Forest Authorities) grew both tighter and more diverse, and the involvement of China’s national State Forestry Administration (SFA) was institutionalized. Together, Chinese and German project partners pursued the common goal “Chinese decision-makers as well as forestry professionals and practitioners avail of needs-based and locally adapted instruments for practical application of multi-purpose, close to nature forest management”.

Forest stratification, forest function mapping and stand-wise silvicultural planning set the stage at the project’s three pilot-locations in Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang Province for a wider range of practical demonstrations and HCD-events in 2017 and the first half of 2018. The project phase concluded in mid-2018 with an international conference in Beijing.      

Time span
2015 – 2018       

Commissioning body           
Bundesamt für Naturschutz / Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Contact: Dr. Stefan Mann

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