Sincere – Spurring INnovations for Forest Ecosystems SERvices in Europe is a four-year project funded 100% from the EU’s Horizon 2020 Program. It is an innovation project and one of the partners involved is the Public Institution “Nature Park Medvednica”.
The project’s objectives are to find ways to motivate owners and forest managers to support other forest ecosystem services. It deals with exploring new approaches to linking profitable forestry with changing social demands. One of the main goals is to raise public awareness of forest ecosystem services and to create a database of mechanisms that support ecosystem services.
Local stakeholders play a key role in designing, implementing and evaluating the study through organizational meetings / workshops.
The Pilot Project of Public Institution NP Medvednica will evaluate the health and recreational function of forest ecosystem services in Nature Park Medvednica and will try to express the monetary value of the mentioned functions. NP Medvednica has no entrance fee, therefore one of the mechanisms for investing in forest ecosystem services imposed donation boxes. We will test and put in the field two donation boxes. Funds collected in this way will be invested in infrastructure and new facilities for visitors. The idea is to collect funds for one activity each year, and the results will be published on Facebook and NP Medvednica website and will be made available to the public.
The recreational function of forest ecosystems is one of the most important functions for the health of people in urban areas. Forests near urban areas as well as forests in which hiking trails are the permanent places of individual and mass recreation. Recreational forms include walking, jogging, cycling (plain and mountain), picnic, skiing, etc. According to some studies, 80-90% of all recreational functions refer to walking in forests.
More information on the whole project: www.sincereforest.eu
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