The R&D&I agenda of ForestWISE is organised on three levels. Six research themes are structure into nineteen sub-themes and operationalised through sixty-two research topics, as follows:

1. Forest and fire management

1.1 Landscape scale management

1.1.1 – Integrated Landscape Management and Planning
1.1.2 – Tools for monitoring land use and land change
1.1.3 – Preventive planning and forestry models

1.2 Sustainable management of forests

1.2.1 – Transfer results from genetic improvement programs for final users
1.2.2 – New cloning protocols for genetically improved species
1.2.3 – Improve forest management methods, models and tools for higher productivity and adaptability, and for addressing conservation goals
1.2.4 – Forest management and planning at different spatial and temporal scales, including post-fire emergency stabilization
1.2.5 – Plant-level resistance and adaptation to fire and climate change

1.3 Multi-functional forestry and ecosystem services

1.3.1 – New multi-functional forest models
1.3.2 – Ecosystem services

2. Risk

2.1 Fuel management

2.1.1 – Fuel treatments, with and without fire (including agro-forestry practices) and fuel management performance (e.g., fuel breaks)
2.1.2 – Fuel-complex load and structure and fuel dynamics (e.g., fuel load modeling)

2.2 Community prevention

2.2.1 – Human-caused ignitions management
2.2.2 – Communities’ preparedness (urban and house planning and construction in the WUI and fire wise communities)

2.3 Fire suppression system design and management

2.3.1 – Suppression system inefficiencies management and extreme fire behaviour
2.3.2 – Flexible redesign of the suppression system to mitigate the impact of inefficiencies
2.3.3 – Fire meteorology

2.4 Risks and impact management

2.4.1 – Increase the resilience of forests through new silvicultural models
2.4.2 – Next-generation of plans for forest health

2.5 Ecosystem restoration

2.5.1 – Guidelines and solutions to restore forests after the occurrence of natural hazards
2.5.2 – Control of fire-resilient invasive species

3. Circular economy and value chains

3.1 Mobilization and uses of biomass

3.1.1 – Design of sustainable and efficient biomass supply chains and logistics
3.1.2 – Foster the adoption of adequate equipment for biomass collection and transport, specially for non-used biomass from DFCI
3.1.3 – Characterize the biomass supply chains at national and regional level and provide support to the definition of sectorial strategies and policies
3.1.4 – Harvesting, logistics and appraisal of burned wood

3.2 Secured wood supply, forest operations

3.2.1 – Design of sustainable and collaborative forest-based supply chains
3.2.2 – Research on the use of electric vehicles in the transport forest-mill
3.2.3 – Develop intelligent forest operation systems and new human-machine-terrain interactions linked to supply-chain systems

3.3 Emergency logistics

3.3.1 – Suppression Logistics
3.3.2 – Occupational health of firefighters

3.4 New challenges driven by circular economy

3.4.1 – Rethinking forest-based products and production processes in the framework of circular economy
3.4.2 – Supporting emerging biorefinery projects for converting forest biomass into bio-fuels and bio-products
3.4.3 – New wood-based packaging solutions
3.4.4 – Improve reutilization of industrial by-products for example in silviculture, in order to improve organic matter and soil conservation

4. Key enabling technologies

4.1 Decision Support Systems

4.1.1 – Forecasting: fuel management planning, fire simulators and post-fire risk assessment
4.1.2 – Risk management: rapid assessment of values at risk and probabilistic fire simulation
4.1.3 – Integration of information systems in the fire suppression decision-making processes
4.1.4 – Warning and communication systems for disaster management
4.1.5 – Tools for optimizing forest logistics and securing supply

4.2 IoT for Forests and Fire Management

4.2.1 – Ignition detection and fire monitoring issues
4.2.2 – Firefighters safety (remote sensing)
4.2.3 – Technologies, models and tools for low-cost collection of forest-related data

4.3 Forest 4.0 and mechanization

4.3.1 – Forest 4.0. concepts and technologies to support daily activities of forest practitioners and small holders including smart apps for forestry inventory
4.3.2 – Forest 4.0. concepts and technologies for the forest industry
4.3.3 – Mechanization solutions for forest operations adapted to the national context

5. People, forests, and fire

5.1 Risk attitudes and risky behaviours

5.1.1 – Attitudes and behaviors regarding fire prevention, including collaborative approaches and communities’ protection and safety
5.1.2 – Attitudes and behaviors regarding fire suppression, including collaborative approaches
5.1.3 – Attitudes and behaviors regarding post-fire restoration, including collaborative approaches
5.1.4 – Risk communication

5.2 Socioecological systems

5.2.1 – Social, economic and ecological interactions
5.2.2 – Establish and communicate the value of rural areas
5.2.3 – Social-economic studies of forestland owners and design new ways to promote higher engagement towards forest management

6. Policy and system design

6.1 Natural resources governance

6.1.1 – Risk governance
6.1.2 – Stakeholders management
6.1.3 – Adoption barriers and implementation management
6.1.4 – Training and collaboration in education programs

6.2 Policy assessment and design

6.2.1 – Policy recommendations and regulation on post-fire land management
6.2.2 – (Economic) evaluation of the investment mix
6.2.3 – Support the design of policies and incentives related to the forest sector
6.2.4 – Assessment and design of instruments to support forest investment
6.2.5 – Organizational models and tools for landowners collective action
6.2.6 – Study the impacts of public policies on economy decarbonisation on the biomass sub-sector

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