Full title is “Baltic Landscape in change – innovative approaches towards sustainable forested landscapes”. It is international project dealing with problems of adaptation of forested landscapes to new challenges like globalization, increased number of user in the landscape, parallel demands for more intensive use and more protection for the nature, climate change, need of implementation of international conventions. Project partners agreed to use ModelForest concept, proved as good platform to solve problems concerning many partners. The concept is planned to be used on the landscape level and the model sites are called Baltic Landscapes. The project is planned as long-term, for 12 years, with main goal to foster good governance in the forested landscapes. The project has 4 main directions:
- Establishment of a network of 8 Baltic Landscapes in 4 countries based on Model Forest concept,
- Development of new approaches to integrated landscape planning,
- Balancing different values in the landscape
- Catchment-based governance and management of rivers.
Seven countries and 15 partners participate in the project. Baltic Landscapes will be established in Belarus, Finland,Poland and Sweden. Other countries – Estonia, Latvia and Norway – are planning dissemination of the project results. Russian Model Forests: Komi MF, Kovdozerski MF and Pskov MF are planned to be active guests, due to fact that Russia and EC have not prolonged cooperation agreement. Funding for the project, 3 300 000 Euro, has been approved by Baltic Sea Program – Interreg, for for the period of Oct 2011 – Mar 2014. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Department of Forest Resource Management in Umea is Lead Partner of the project. Silver Taiga has participated actively in the project development using experience gathered in the Komi MF.