Acronym: Skill-For.Action

Title: An innovative concept to enforce carbon sensitive forest management and forest utilization

Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020

Duration: months 48 (01/01/2021 – 31/12/2024)

Coordinator: UNIPD - Tesaf

Total EU contribution: €  2.941.521,48

TESAF budget: €  558.500,00

Responsible Scientific Officer/Investigator: Grigolato Stefano, Gunta Grube, Mihail Bacescu

Research team: Grigolato Stefano

Brief description: Global environmental and climate changes compromise forest resources in different ways, intensities and at various levels. Drought related losses in growth performance, the increase in intensity and frequency of wild fires and storms, and of biological risks are just a few of the most perceptible effects across the forests in Europe as well worldwide.
Global change weakens the efficiency of forest carbon sequestration capacity and thus forestry sector ability to mitigate climate changes in the medium to long-term perspective. An innovative adaptive and integrative forest management plays a key role in driving forests to face the environmental changes and to meet both maintaining high forest carbon sequestration potential and guaranteeing economic efficient and more ecological sound forest operations. ETN Skill-For.Action integrates the fundamental research in forest ecology and applied science of forest engineering. This integration is crucial and innovative to comprehensibly understand carbon dynamics in forests in terms of feedback between carbon sequestrations and release. Overarching objective of ETN Skill-For.Action is to provide high-level training and education in adaptive and integrative forest management under global changes to a new generation of early stage researchers for a successful career in the forest-sector and natural resource management. The education follows an innovative, interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach by a specific and unique combination of applied research and training activities delivered by academic and non-academic partners to strengthen complementary soft skills. ETN Skill-For.Action will support each ESR to successfully implement their individual project through a well defined supervising strategy by merging the educational experience of the academic supervisors with the practical knowledge of the non-academic supervisors.