The forestry sector today is under increasing pressure to adapt to expanding demand for timber and woodfuel, the impacts of climate change, the conservation requirements for woodland ecosystems and the need to reduce management costs. It's important that foresters incorporate the range of environmental concerns into their management plans
To ensure that forests are sustainable into the future woodland managers need to consider tree species selection, adapting planting regimes and technical innovations.
About the project
This two year project is a partnership between research organisations and local authorities in northern France and southern England under the Interreg IVA France (Channel) England Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2015. Such cross-border collaborations integrate a broad knowledge base and expertise to facilitate forest adaptation and improve resilience.
The overall aim of the project is to stimulate a cross-border strategy for understanding the climate change responses and adaptation capacity of forest ecosystems commonly found in the south of England and north of France.
This strategy was initiated through the previous cross-border project MultiFor. AdaFor provides an opportunity to develop and broaden the work with the following specific objectives:
- To improve our knowledge and understanding of the impact of climate change by monitoring differences in the phenological (life-cycle timing), biodiversity, dendrology and health of forests on both sides of the Channel
- To increase awareness amongst foresters and woodland owners on the potential impacts of climate change and to develop innovative management solutions within a framework of sustainability
- To improve the quantity and quality of forest management to increase woodfuel production and renew/enhance ecosystem services
The associated activities will be undertaken jointly through networks on either side of the Channel.
Forest Research involvement
Forest Research’s principal contributions to the project are:
- To assess the influence of climate change on forests and provide advice on appropriate management practices
- To investigate ecosystem services provided by woodland and establish methods to enhance these services through management
How are we achieving this?
To find out what activities we're involved in see Achieving our objectives.
Funders and partners
The ADAFOR project is part funded by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund ERDF) within the framework of the European INTERREG IVA France (Channel) England Cross-border Cooperation Programme 2007-2015, under the priority to: 'Ensure a sustainable environmental development of the common space'; with the objective to 'Ensure a balanced management of the environment and raise awareness about environmental issues'.
The Forest Research component is being provided with match funding from the Forestry Commission.
The project started in March 2013 to 2015.