In WP 2 we will assess the impact of land use on forest area and forest structure. This is carried out on the basis of selected landscape cutouts and satellite images from WP 1. Data on carbon storage, biodiversity, tree composition, increment of commercial timber species and land use history will be collected. Primary and secondary forests, forest plantations and agroforestry plots will be assessed.
These data will allow concluding to which extent previous utilization was sustainable and is matching with economic, ecological and socio-economic requirements. We will analyze, whether today’s forest condition is the result of sustainable or unsustainable management and if agroforestry systems may be a viable option as alternative to agrarian and forest monocultures.
From these analyses we will derive recommendations for sustainable forest management and multifunctional forest landscapes. This will contribute to international forest policy issues which aim at forest protection through sustainable utilization of forest resources.