Integration of biodiversity into the future management of multi-purpose forests to support implementation of the national Forestry Development Master-Plan of China

From 2013, ECO Consult 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), through its initial and a subsequent second phase. Referring to the P.R. China’s forestry development agenda for 2016-2050, the project now represents the third phase of Sino-German forestry cooperation. It builds on previous achievements such as a network of permanently established pilot sites in Guangxi, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces dedicated to the demonstration of multi-purpose forest management, a sylvicultural manual responding to challenges faced by Chinese forest management units (cf. on the right) and the newly established Ningbo Close-to-Nature Forest Research Centre.

The three successive projects evolved through an iterative learning process. They were marked by growing outreach in terms of both, spatial coverage (increasing the number of permanent pilot sites) and the scale of stakeholder involvement (participation of policy decision makers at provincial and national levels). Implementation partners include the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF, represented by the Experimental Centre for Tropical Forestry [ECTF] at Pingxiang/Guangxi Province), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (represented by the Institute of Geographic Science and Natural Resources Research [CAS-IGSNRR] at Qianyanzhou Ecological Research Station, Taihe County/Jiangxi Province) and the East China Normal University Shanghai (represented by the Tiantong National Forest Ecosystem Observation and Research Station at Ningbo/Zhejiang Province). Collaboration partners include forest governance bodies at national, provincial and county levels, as well as state forest farms selected as piloting/demonstration sites in the three provinces. The project pursues three strategic foci (knowledge products, capacity development and outreach/upscaling) in reference to the specific needs and conditions of the locations.

Outreach and upscaling of multi-purpose management routines involves both continuation of work at the project’s existing pilot sites with a view to effecting necessary adjustments in response to scientific monitoring, and the establishment of additional pilot-sites with a view to addressing typical challenges and scenarios. It will involve knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer (including an international study tour), networking vis-à-vis like-minded Sino-German projects, academic institutions and regional platforms (specifically the Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management [APFNet]), and information and knowledge management (e.g. by means of workshops, conferences and publications).

Time span
2019 – 2021       

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

Contact: Dr. Stefan Mann

Silvicultural manual for technical extension

The sub-tropical, mountainous areas of pilot locations in the provinces of Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang require specified silvicultural management. On behalf of the BfN ECO Consult has edited a much acclaimed silvicultural manual to train field staff in practical techniques and also essential working security precautions. The manual is based on the Sino-German cooperation project's observations on site. It helps translate the goals and management directions provided in forest management plans and/or stand-wise sylvicultural plans into appropriate decisions in the field. A Chinese version is also available.

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