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ForestMoocForChange: the first free online course on Continuous Cover Forestry!


Today, forests are under increasing pressure. On one side, society’s increasing demand for productivity and multipurpose use and on the other, increasing pressure from climatic extremes and intensification of disturbance.

There is now a growing need for an integrated approach to forest management and for close-to-nature solutions to enable the multipurpose value of our forest and to enhance their biodiversity and resilience in the face of climatic disruption.

One of the main challenges to enable new management systems is the general lack of knowledge and expertise on alternative management options available. How to combine the profitable production of quality wood with the enhancement of biodiversity and the protection of ecosystem services?

The project

The ForestMoocForChange is a new collaborative project, co-financed by the European Union, between four European forestry development agencies involved in close-to-nature forestry development: Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Naturgemäße Waldwirtschaft (ANW) in Germany, Pro Silva France, Teagasc Forestry Development Department in Ireland and Forêt-Nature in Belgium as lead partner.

The aim of the project is to help overcome initial challenges and provide new tools to facilitate the transformation of Europe's forests towards continuous cover systems as a way to optimise production of quality wood, biodiversity, the protection of ecosystem services and enhanced resilience.

Online course

ForestMoocForChange is an online course providing an introduction to continuous cover forestry, covering the various aspects of this forestry approach over an 8-week period.

The course includes numerous videos produced in the field by experts, managers and owners. Each week, a live meeting will be organised with the speakers enabling participants to ask questions and discuss the subject covered. From discovering how continuous cover works and its dynamics, to questions of an economic, ecological or social nature, the MOOC is designed to be comprehensive and aimed at everyone.

Starting with the main principles of continuous cover silviculture, you will then discover the functioning and dynamics of natural forests and how they inspire management.

The resilience of forests and their ecosystem services are the subject of a chapter in their own right.

The course also looks at the profitability of continuous cover forestry, with testimonials from foresters who apply it for its economic benefits, among other reasons.

While at first glance it might seem complicated to change forest management, a dedicated chapter will reassure you where, step by step, forest transformation practices and tools are reviewed.

Finally, we'll take you across Europe to discover forests managed using continuous cover forestry in different ecosystems, each with its own challenges and opportunities. A real source of inspiration!

Join the foresters of tomorrow!

Follow the ForestMoocForChange in French, German or English from 16 October to 7 December 2023. A new chapter will be available each week, and can be followed from home, whenever you want, at your own pace. The course is completely free, and includes certification when you complete all the modules.

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