More profound knowledge about the preconditions, mechanisms and outcomes of learning on the policy- and forest management level is needed to achieve stipulated goals and targets. Learning processes must build on science-based knowledge about what constitutes optimal use of forests and their ecosystem services in the long term. Consequently, a holistic and integrated research approach is needed to explore the linkages between policy goals and instruments, behavioural responses, and ecosystem outcomes in integrated socio-ecological systems.
LEARNFORCLIMATE addresses the gaps and needs outlined above through four interrelated work packages (WPs). WP1 is strictly for internal administration and coordination, but the other WPs will answer the following overarching research questions:
i) What are the preconditions for national level policy learning, and how do climate change-related stress and disturbance influence policy change and the achievement of multiple forest related policy objectives and SDGs? (WP2)
ii) How do forest owners and managers respond to multiple policy objectives, instruments and ecosystem services demands in the context of climate related stress and disturbance? (WP3)
iii) How do alternative policy objectives, instruments and different behavioural responses influence long term forest ecosystem services and biodiversity outcomes, particularly trade-offs and synergies between different objectives and SDGs? (WP4)
iv) What policy instruments, scientific evidence, and forms of science-practice-policy collaboration support learning promoting sustainable and multifunctional forest management and goal achievement under climate related stress and disturbance? (WP5)