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Alterra is one of the institutes of the National Foundation for Agricultural Research (DLO) and part of Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands. Alterra incorporates 14 specialised teams (500 staff) working in the applied research domains of forests, climate, water, soil, biodiversity, spatial planning, geo-informatics, and green economic growth. Clients are governments, private sector parties, NGOs, supra-national organizations (EU, UN), and IFIs. Alterra has built an international reputation for excellence and their staff members have established a solid record of co-operating successfully in many tropical countries, including projects related to REDD and its wide range of aspects as represented in Redd@wur network. The REDD@WUR network is a world leading network that brings together about 80 researchers at Wageningen University. REDD@WUR stands for interdisciplinary knowledge to bear on cutting-edge theoretical and policy-relevant questions around REDD+.
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EFISCEN: European Forest Information scenario Model
The European Forest Information SCENario Model (EFISCEN) is a large-scale forest model that projects forest resource development on regional to national scales. The model is suitable for the contemporary and future projection of forest resource and carbon balance of forest biomass and soils for a period of 50 to 60 years. The model uses national forest inventory data as a main source of input to describe the current structure and composition of forest resources. EFISCEN provides data on basic forest inventory data (species, area, stemwood volume, increment, mortality, age-structure), but the model includes multiple indicators related to important forest ecosystem services (carbon sequestration, biodiversity, recreation, wind and fire risk), enabling the assessment of impacts of different policy and management strategies at the national and European level. EFISCEN has been developed by both Alterra and European Forest Institute.
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