Forest EcoValue 
Supporting multiple forest ecosystem services through new circular/green/bio markets and value chains.


Forests of the Alpine space are threatened by abandonment, climate change and territorial degradation that progressively lead to a pauperization of natural resources and to a decrease in the provision of forest ecosystem services.

As a result, forest maintenance costs are high and often cannot generate a sufficient economic income for the public and private owners: public funds and the revenues from the traditional wood value chains are no longer sufficient and the attraction of additional resources becomes an evident need.

Forest EcoValue proposes sustainable business models for forest maintenance, based on regional circular, green and bio value chains (energy, construction, chemistry/pharma, food, recreation). It will involve the public and private sectors, as well as citizens, to test market frameworks and payment schemes for forest ecosystem services, thus contributing to the creation of green businesses and job opportunities in the Alpine region and to restore forest health.


  • 2021 – 2027
  • Carbon neutral and resource sensitive Alpine region
  • SO 2.2 - Promoting the transition to a circular and resource efficient economy
    • AG1 Research & innovation
  • 11/2022
  • 10/2025
  • 2.476.073 EUR
  • 1.857.055 EUR


The proposed solutions will be tested in a pilot action consisting of a network of 5 Living Labs in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

The project will focus on a subset of ecosystem services from the following categories: provisioning (e.g. biomass, raw materials, chemicals); regulating & maintenance (e.g. biodiversity, natural risk reduction, CO2 absorption); cultural (e.g. recreation, habitat experience, health).

On the selected subset of forest ecosystem services (FES) the project will:

·         Map and analyse forests’ delivery capacity

·         Identify and estimate the economic potential, define business models and markets frameworks

·         Test the models and tools in the Living Labs by involving local stakeholders

·         Drive a consultation on the need for innovative policies to foster the maintenance of forests of the Alpine space, FES markets and green value chains

·         Release transferable methodologies, tools, models and policy proposals

·         Ensure training and capacity building activities


Finpiemonte SpA (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Italy
  • Piemonte (ITC1)
  • Torino
Lombardy Foundation for the Envoronment
  • Italy
  • Lombardia (ITC4)
  • Milano
  • Austria
  • Niederösterreich (AT12)
  • St. Pölten
National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment
  • France
  • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
  • Saint Martin d'Hères
Slovenia Forest Service
  • Slovenia
  • Zahodna Slovenija (SI04)
  • Ljubljana
ifuplan - Institute for Environmental Planning and Spatial Development GmbH & Co. KG
  • Germany
  • Oberbayern (DE21)
  • München
Lombardy Green Chemistry Association
  • Italy
  • Lombardia (ITC4)
  • Milano
University of Graz
  • Austria
  • Steiermark (AT22)
  • Graz
Regional Centre for Forest Property AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES
  • France
  • Auvergne (FRK1)
  • Lempdes
Forests National Office
  • France
  • Rhône-Alpes (FRK2)
  • Lyon
Woodcluster Styria
  • Austria
  • Steiermark (AT22)
  • Graz
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  • Transnational network of 5 Living Labs as testing sites for the application of D1.3.2 to set-up market frameworks and payment schemes on the selected subset of FES. Main responsible PP6 + All PPs

    Apply D1.3.2 in one LL per country on selected FES. Ensure testing and support/tools to stakeholders willing to set-up a FES market. The LLs' network will address different forests’ stands and dynamic state (species, dendrometric parameters) and associated forest management (close to nature or not, by skider/cable…). Local analysis is combined with transnational collaboration, data sharing and jointly elaborated proposals for FES markets/payment schemes. One responsible PP per LL: 1 3 5 6 9

  • Transnational guidelines and tools for the establishment of public-private markets for the selected FES in alpine communities. Main responsible PP2 + PP8. All PPs strongly involved.

    Through the pilot testing D 1.3.2 is revised and completed. O 2.2 consists of practical and transferable guidelines and tools applicable in different local/regional contexts for setting up the process to assess FES and establish and manage public-private payment schemes. The multi-lingual guidelines will highlight main steps and possible options, the most appropriate solutions for different contexts, the applicable methodologies and tools, as well as governance aspects.

  • Regional feasibility assessment for the LL territories based on the results of the pilot experience Main Responsible PP6. All PPs strongly involved.

    Analysis and synthesis from the pilot action and elaboration of a feasibility assessment for each LL territory, including recommendations for the further effective set-up and management of public and/or private payment schemes based on indigenous forest resources and their ecosystem services. O 2.3 is intended to be promoted toward local/regional policy makers and other relevant private/public decision makers who can play a crucial role in the set-up of FES markets in such territories.

  • Regional Roadmaps (RRs): based on the LLs testing results they set the next steps for implementation in LLs areas. Are acknowledged by stakeholders to ensure engagement. Main resp. PP6 + LLs PPs resp.

    RRs consider the results of the testing experience in each LLs. They are co-drafted with local stakeholders in a guided participative process (led by PPs responsible for LLs). RRs identify next steps for implementation and are adopted (signed) by key stakeholders at the end of the pilot, as demonstration of commitment to play a role in ensuring continuity and further steps. Target: One RR per LL signed by at least one stakeholder with a decisive role, from inside or outside the partnership.

  • POLICY MEMO on improvements to enable/facilitate the development of FES markets, payment schemes and forest-based value chains in the Alpine Region. Responsible > PP4 Major support from PP2

    Memorandum agreed among the involved policy makers from PPs regions/countries and beyond, with conclusions on policy actions and regulatory adaptation for the set-up of FES market in the Alpine region. It results from the inputs collected in the policy fora and the policy dialogue process that will also involve representative from Target groups 14, 18, 19. It takes advantage of needs detected in WP1, WP2 and pilot action. Aimed to Alpine Region policy makers (target groups 1, 2, 3, 4).

  • Online Training Modules Main responsible PP7. Support from PP8.

    The content elaborated for the Summer Schools (D 3.2.2) will be made available to the wider audience by publishing the training modules on the project website. They will provide clarifications and examples for the application off the proposed methodologies, tools and business models (O 2.2) as well as indications on policy/governance barriers and enabling factors. Addressed to TG 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 16




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