Shared knowledge case: Introduced tree Species in Europe
Introduced tree species appear to be an important and, at the same time, a controversial topic in relation to forest and environmental management. The forest industry sees an opportunity in introducing tree species for timber production and for maintaining species composition within forests that may better cope with the changing climate. On the other hand, however, from the nature conservation perspective, introduced tree species may pose a loss of biodiversity and/or disturb native ecosystems.
In order to disseminate existing and scientific knowledge on introduced (and invasive) tree species in European forests, the project In-Tree was initiated. Although this project aimed to produce various comprehensive informative materials available to policy makers, forest managers, researchers and public, the major deliverable is a book publication on the topic of 'Introduced tree species to European forests: challenges and opportunities'. (Also see file manager here!)
The main aim of the project In-Tree is to collect information and enhance understanding and knowledge on the topic of introduced tree species in European context. The project intends to shed light on the management of introduced tree species across the European continent by combining knowledge and experience from different fields of relevant expertise. This will allow answering the following questions:
How do introduced tree species interact with their environment?
Can we distinguish between threats and opportunities of introduced tree species?
Do the intentionally introduced species eventually show invasive character?
How can a national/regional management approach be linked to an international problem/scale since invasive tree species do not respect borders and their spread by humans is very difficult to manage?
What are the results of strategies used for managing introduced and invasive tree species?
What are the costs and benefits of managing introduced and invasive tree species?