Background and European Forest Risk Facility

A European Forest Risk Facility represents networking platform and acts as an unbiased and neutral player for facilitating cooperation and exchange between existing communities that address or are affected by disturbances and risks to European forests. It thus needs a defined complementary role and an added value for the risk community:

  • A European Forest Risk Facility represents a networking platform giving emphasis towards integrating disturbances into management in order to make forests and forest landscapes more resilient.
  • A European Forest Risk Facility supports identifying needs and capacities amongst different domains, actors and stakeholders while stimulating cross-boundary exchange of knowledge and expertise on forest risks.
  • A European Forest Risk Facility takes the role of an honest broker, stimulating collaboration at the interface between science, policy and operational management (science - policy – practice interaction).
  • A European Forest Risk Facility mobilizes specialists and expert networks to provide the needed guidance and capacities where required or requested.
  • A European Forest Risk Facility contributes to gathering and organizing comprehensive and up – to -date information related to damage and threats to forests, identifies gaps and communicates those to all relevant actors.
  • A European Forest Risk Facility stimulates and supports the collection of lessons learned and good practice guidance as an essential input to stimulate further research, monitoring and management activities towards improved and adapted mitigation and provide for their communication. The availability of a permanent structure constitutes a basic requirement for providing continuity, organizational memory and for enabling trust - building with and amongst actors.

A European Forest Risk Facility facilitates cooperation and exchange as an unbiased and neutral platform between existing communities that address or are affected by disturbances and risks to European forests.

The RiskPlatform: the tool

The RiskPlatform is a web-based and mobile application tool to “connect-collect-exchange” within the vision of the European Forest Risk Facility: Increase the resilience of European forests and related landscapes towards future global change impacts, promote prevention and intelligent risk and crisis management.

On the RiskPlatform users can describe their professional profile and expertise. They can upload useful so called “use cases” (case studies, videos, reports, articles, statements, interviews, pictures. WWW links to other sources of information…) of forest risk management and mitigation from various regions and disturbances. The use cases can be “tagged” with key words to make orientation and added value of the cases useful. Users can link and discuss with other users and share knowledge and expertise from scientific literature to operational practical information, information on training and capacity building needs. Assistance and support can be facilitated easier when actors / users have mutual relationships and know each other at least via the RiskPlatform. The Exchange of Experts (EoE Forest), a valuable tool of the Risk Facility, can be planned, documented and applied for using the RiskPlatform.

The platform should develop into a one-stop-shop hub where all landscape risk and disturbance information can be found or accessed, not only for academic users but for all risk managers.

It can be used on a computer and a smartphone or tablet to make it user-friendly and applicable for every day. All regional Risk Facility nodes as well as the Risk Facility secretariat are available to assist users and to feed information into the platform.