Project PathFinder

Towards an Integrated Consistent European LULUCF Monitoring and Policy Pathway Assessment Framework

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Forests are vital for human well-being and health, as well as fulfilling various functions such as protecting biodiversity, producing timber and combating climate change. To manage forests sustainably, effective management strategies that provide accurate information are needed. However, policy makers lack sound scientific data to create balanced policies that promote climate change mitigation without harming biodiversity and the economy.

The PathFinder project develops an innovative forest monitoring and trajectory assessment system to provide policy makers with the information they need to make decisions and formulate policies at regional, national and European levels.

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Project objectives


Conducting comprehensive field research analysing both cumulative CO² and biodiversity indicators, with proven application in 25 EU countries.


Creating a mapping and estimation platform to track the LULUCF (land use, land-use change and forestry) sector and biodiversity across the EU using field and remote sensing data, with proven application across the EU.


Jointly designing a framework of future forest scenarios in order to assess how policy decisions and management actions will affect the climate change mitigation potential of forests, biodiversity and other ecosystem services.


Launchin a participatory design to create forest management guidelines and provide ways of incorporating scientific knowledge into forest policy and practice.

Main results

Common monitoring and evaluation system

A common European forest trajectory monitoring and evaluation system, including reporting on the LULUCF sector. This system will be used by both national and EU organisations.

Forest management strategy

A forest management strategy that promotes common, coherent and effective climate policies, with cost-effective actions that ensure a socially accepted balance between climate change mitigation, adaptation, biodiversity and the bioeconomy.

Climate and forest policies

Continuous improvement of the information needed to develop climate and forest policies, thanks to a lasting and strong community of scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders.

Expected impact

The project aims to have a positive impact at local, national and European level, in different fields such as scientific and socio-economic.

  • Relevant and significant contributions to international research, such as IPCC or EEA.
  • Better understanding of the role of European forest management in combating climate change, while caring for biodiversity and supporting the bioeconomy.
  • A robust scientific approach using field observations across Europe together with high-resolution remote sensing for constant monitoring and data collection.
  • Improved stakeholder understanding of information and the implementation of transformative policies, thanks to the project’s collaborative, open and inclusive design processes.
  • Improved societal transition to a carbon neutral and climate resilient society and economy through advanced monitoring of forests, climate science and strategies to address climate change.
  • Improved forest management and enhanced contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).