About the project

The overall scientific goal of FunDivEUROPE is to quantify the effects of forest biodiversity on ecosystem functions and services in major European forest types. A major aim is to understand and quantify how tree species diversity can be used to foster the provision of ecosystem services such as timber production, carbon sequestration and freshwater provisioning. Additionally, the implications of tree species diversity for the vulnerability of ecosystem services under climate change will be assessed by integrating field and modelling data on the performance of pure versus mixed species stands under different climates. The policy relevant objective is to strengthen the science‐policy interface by delivering timely, relevant and understandable information to policymakers and stakeholders about the relationship of forest biodiversity and ecosystem services within the framework of multifunctional forestry. This will help forest owners and forestry organizations to adapt management strategies to better utilize benefits of mixed species forests and ecosystem services. FunDivEUROPE combines the strengths of experimental, observational and modelling approaches, implementing three Research Platforms:

Experimental Platform:
The European sites of the world largest infrastructure of functional biodiversity research, the global network of tree diversity experiments (TreeDiv_Net), where new forest stands differing in tree species diversity were established since 1999.

Exploratory Platform:
A specifically designed network of approx. 300 plots in natural mature forests in 6 different focal regions in Europe, replicated across wide gradients of tree diversity, enabling a strong statistical evaluation of potential biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning.

Inventory Platform:
Datasets from national forest inventories and existing monitoring networks that are analysed for potential diversity signals, extending the scope to larger spatial and temporal scales.

In addition, FunDivEUROPE operates this Knowledge Transfer Platform to foster synthesis of project findings and communication with stakeholders, policy makers and the wider public both during project life and after completion.

To learn more about the FunDiVEUROPE project, please visit the FunDivEurope project website.

The variability among living organisms from all sources, including
terrestrial, ma-rine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological
complexes of which they are part. Biodiversity includes diversity within
species, between species, and between ecosystems (MA, 2003).
Describes the number of different species that are represented in a given community or population. The effective number of species (trees, plants, mosses,...) refers to the number of equally abundant species needed to obtain the same mean proportional species abundance as that observed in specific community or population (where all species may not be equally abundant). Species diversity consists of two components: species richness and species evenness. Species richness is a simple count of species, whereas species evenness quantifies how equal the abundances of the species are.
Rate of biomass produced by an ecosystem, generally expressed as biomass produced per unit of time per unit of surface or volume. Net primary productivity is defined as the energy fixed by plants minus their respiration. (MA 2003)
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The variability among living organisms from all sources, including
terrestrial, ma-rine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological
complexes of which they are part. Biodiversity includes diversity within
species, between species, and between ecosystems (MA, 2003).
Management in all business and organizational activities is the act of coordinating the efforts of people to accomplish desired goals and objectives using available resources efficiently and effectively. Wiki.
Biological diversity, or the shorter "biodiversity," means the diversity, or variety, of plants and animals and other living things in a particular area or region. It describes the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine, and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part. Biodiversity includes diversity within species, between species, and between ecosystems. (MA, 2003)

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