LIFE SySTEMiC – Close-to-Nature forest sustainable management practices under climate changes LIFE18 ENV/IT/000124

LIFE SySTEMiC – Close-to-Nature forest sustainable management practices under climate changes LIFE18 ENV/IT/000124

Duration of the project

1.9. 2019. – 31.8. 2024.

Total value

€ 2.976.245

EU co – financing

€ 1.635.709

Beneficiary coordinator:

Department of Science and Technology in Agriculture, Agriculture, Environment and Forestry (UNIFI-DAGRI)


Croatian Forestry Institute, Societa ’Cooperativa Agricolo Forestale D.R.E.Am. Italy, Natural Park Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli, Union dei Comuni Montani del Casentino, Forestry Institute of Slovenia, Slovenian Forest Service.

Web page: LIFE SySTEMiC

About the project:

The influence of climate change on forest systems is acknowledged worldwide and its effects are visible on European forests. In the Mediterranean area, rising temperatures and the increased frequency of extreme events such as wind storms, heat waves and prolonged dry periods pose a threat to forest ecosystems and new challenges for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).

It is also acknowledged that genetic diversity helps forests to cope with climate change and other threats. Indeed, genetic resources are the basis of the long-term evolutionary processes maintaining the adaptive potential of forests to environmental changes.

The aim of the LIFE SySTEMiC project (Close-to-nature foreSt SusTainablE Management under Climate Changes) is to use the “tool” of genetic diversity to protect our forests against climate change. The basic idea is relatively simple: the higher the genetic diversity of the trees in a forest, the more likely it is that some trees will have genetic characteristics that make them more adaptable to climate change, thereby increasing the resistance and the resilience of the forest system.

Expected results:

  • Investigate the relationships between forest management and genetic diversity for eight forest tree species in three European Countries (Croatia, Italy, Slovenia) in order to identify the silvicultural systems that maintain high levels of genetic diversity
  • Develop an innovative Genetic Biodiversity and Silvicultural model (GenBioSilvi) based on the combination of advanced landscape genomics, applied genetics, and silvicultural models to support SFM
  • Spread the knowledge of the method across Europe and to transfer its use in forestry practice by involving different types of stakeholders.