This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 265104


Effects of international wood trade on forests: wealthier countries benefit.
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International trade in wood and wood products affects forest stocks around the world. A recent study examines the relationship between changes in forest cover and international timber trade at global level. It finds that some wealthier nations with low population density can maintain forest areas while exporting wood; but other, usually poorer, nations, are losing forests through domestic and global demand for wood. The full article of the Science for Environment Policy News Alert is available here:


EFI News 3-2011
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The latest issue of EFI News is now available as a pdf-file. Please see:


You can download the issue here: http://www.efi.int/files/attachments/publications/news_3_11_net_1.pdf

Landscape Europe Newsletter (Nr. 14 – Nov2011)
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The latest Landscape Europe Newsletter (Nr. 14 – Nov2011) is now available. Please see:


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The VOLANTE 1st year project meeting was held on 26-28 of October 2011, in Bucharest, Romania, organised by the University of Bucharest. Good progress was made in an excellent atmosphere of cooperation. In the many breakout groups clear decisions were made and in the cross-module sessions linkages between the different work packages established.

A Fuzzy Cognitive Map (FCM) workshop and a field trip to the Romanian case study area (Stăncuţa municipality) were linked with the general meeting. The FCM workshop was initiated within WP2 to obtain stakeholder views on the effects of policy on land use and landscape change. A good representation of Romanian government and public institutions, scientists and NGO’s were involved in this exercise, which resulted in the identification of landscape / land use drivers of change for the lowland area of Romania, the relationships between these drivers and finally a semi-quantitative map of the system.

EEA report regarding fragmentation of landscape in Europe now available
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European Environment Agency (EEA)

Increasing fragmentation of landscape threatens European wildlife

Roads, motorways, railways, intensive agriculture and urban developments are breaking up Europe’s landscapes into ever-smaller pieces, with potentially devastating consequences for flora and fauna across the continent, according to a new joint report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). The report, 'Landscape fragmentation in Europe', demonstrates how areas of land are often unable to support high levels of biodiversity when they are split into smaller and smaller parcels.

Read more on EEA web page

Stakeholder Analysis and Involvement Plan
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VOLANTE Stakeholder Analysis and Involvement Plan is now available.

 D.10.1 Stakeholder Analysis and Involvement Plan

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group_Potsdam_webThe VOLANTE 2nd project meeting was held on 21-22 June 2011, in Potsdam, Germany. The meeting was hosted by PIK (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research – Potsdam, Germany). All the partners of the VOLANTE project attended the meeting discussions and presentations. An internal review of the progress made in implementing project activities was conducted during this meeting and each Module and WP leader presented the work developed during the first 8 months of the project.

An appointment for the 3rd project meeting was made, which will be on 26-28 October in Bucharest.

Volante brochure
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Volante general brochure is now available. Please see:


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