Forest ownership is changing across Europe. In some areas a growing number of so-called “new” forest owners hold only small parcels, have no agricultural or forestry knowledge and no capacities or interest to manage their forests, while in others new community and private owners are bringing fresh interest and new objectives to woodland management. This diversity and change creates implementation problems for forest-related policies including biodiversity conservation, timber and renewable energy supply, climate change mitigation, or recreation.


FACESMAP participants @ Sopron, April 2013


Scientific advancements are expected through:

  • documenting the state-of-the-art in theoretical and methodological approaches;
  • carrying out comparative studies using existing knowledge from national studies as well as case studies;
  • collecting a Pan-European database and map of forest ownership; and
  • in a new inter- and transdisciplinary work method.

Practical added-value will be provided by:

  • excursions and workshop discussions with researchers from different fields as well as the affected policy-makers and stakeholders;
  • work on different scales (national-regional and European); and
  • various targeted dissemination activities in the course of the Action.

 Stakeholder Interaction @ Solsona, October 2013


The interdisciplinary work will be done in close cooperation with relevant public and private stakeholders. COST Action FP1201 is suited for the strongly needed but still lacking comprehensive European overview and analyses.


You can find the FACESMAP Action Brochure here.

More information on the FACESMAP Action find at the COST Office website.