Needs and expectations towards a European observatory for forests climate change impacts

Introduction to the Forwards User Need Survey 

Forests and society can transform, mitigate and adapt to climate-induced changes. This requires, however, suitable forest management practices, based on timely and reliable information. The ForestWard Observatory - a European observatory for forests climate change impacts which is being set up by the Forwards project - will operate as a long-lasting practical tool to support decision-making:

  • at local and subnational scale to deliver more operational information for local climate smart forestry and restoration management practice
  • at national and Europan scale to provide a strategic perspective of disturbances, future risks and critical vulnerabilities and threats to European forests.
This survey aims at discovering the needs of the potential users of the ForestWard Observatory. Our aim is twofold: first, to understand which information sources are currently used as the basis of forest-related decisions; and second, to outline how (through which functions, in which format, etc.) the ForestWard Observatory could support decision-making the most efficiently. Filling the survey requires approximately 15 minutes.
We appreciate your contribution and your valuable insight deserves a reward. 
Complete our survey before April 30th. Every tenth respondent, answering all the questions, and providing a valid email will receive an Amazon voucher worth 40 euros.

If you have any questions, please contact Eszter Kelemen (FORWARDS Task4.2 leader) at
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Information on data management

This survey is anonymous, and your participation is fully voluntary. You can quit the questionnaire anytime. Your answers will be consulted only by the FORWARDS consortium researchers and will not be passed on to third parties. Data will be securely stored at ESSRG Nonprofit Ltd’s official online workspace (Google Space managed by the consortium member ESSRG) and will be analysed in an aggregated form. No contact details will be asked for unless you explicitly indicate your willingness to be informed about the project at the end of the survey.

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