Daniela Hohenstern
Institute of Forest Ecosystems

Alfred-Möller-Straße 1, Haus 41/42
16225 Eberswalde
Phone: +49 3334 3820 300
Fax: +49 3334 3820 354

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Harmonised Data and Services for the European Forest Data Centre

eForest is a platform for projects between the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the „European National Forest Inventory Network“ Consortium (ENFIN). eForest aims in supporting and enhancing the basic knowledge of the European Forest Data Centre (EFDAC)

Background and Objective

The implementation of EFDAC supports data hamonisation, publishing of harmonised data, espacially for international commitment needs, i.e.:

  • Ministerial Conference of theProtection of Forest in Europe(MCPFE)
  • FAO Global Forest ResourcesAssessment (GFRA)
  • UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Target Group

The European Forest Data Centre (EFDAC) hosted by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission was established to supply European Union decision-makers with processed, quality checked and timely policy relevant forest data and information within the EU and territories where EU policies are operating.


Within this Framework Contract further Special Contracts will be established. These Special Contracts (SC) focus on specific data needs defined by Joint research Centre of the European Commission.

The Thünen-Institute (TI-WO) act in several SC as data provider and/or partly as coordinator. These SCs focus on special tasks and approaches, i.e.:

SC3 to SC8 – feasibility studies to use NFI data to enhance european forest maps, develope maps of species distribution and to implement universal estimation procedures for European harmonised estimates for different regions and visualization of different indicators.

SC13 – TI-WO is coordinator the project, which aims to develop a harmonised definition of above ground biomass in Europe and to estimate the amount of biomass for different regions in the EU using data from the National Forest Inventories (NFI).
 SC14 – TI-WO acts as a partner in this project to enhance the core software module of the European Forestry  Dynamics Model (EFDM).
SC 17 “Use of National Forest Inventories data to estimate biomass in the European Forests” is a continuation to SC 13 for nine more countries.

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Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • European Union (EU)
    (international, öffentlich)


12.2012 - 12.2016

More Information

Projekt type:
Project funding number: Contract Number 388432
Project status: finished


Results 1 - 5 of 9

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  1. Gschwantner T, Alberdi I, Bauwens S, Bender S, Borota D, Bosela M, Bouriaud O, Breidenbach J, Donis J, Fischer C, Gasparini P, Heffernan L, Herve J-C, Kolozs L, Korhonen KT, Koutsias N, Kovacsevics P, Kucera M, Kulbokas G, Riedel T, et al (2022) Growing stock monitoring by European National Forest Inventories: Historical origins, current methods and harmonisation. Forest Ecol Manag 505:119868, DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2021.119868
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 18152 kb
  2. Alberdi I, Bender S, Riedel T, Avitable V, Bouriaud O, Bosela M, Camia A, Canellas I, Castro Rego F, Fischer C, Freudenschuß A, Fridman J, Gasparini P, Gschwantner T, Guerrero S, Kjartansson BT, Kucera M, Lanz A, Marin G, Mubareka S, et al (2020) Assessing forest availability for wood supply in Europe. Forest Pol Econ 111:102032, DOI:10.1016/j.forpol.2019.102032
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 2497 kb
  3. Röhling S, Demant B, Dunger K, Neubauer M, Oehmichen K, Riedel T, Stümer W (2019) Equations for estimating belowground biomass of Silver Birch, Oak and Scots Pine in Germany. iForest 12(2):166-172, DOI:10.3832/ifor2862-012
  4. Gschwantner T, Alberdi I, Balazs A, Bauwens S, Bender S, Borota D, Bosela M, Bouriaud O, Canellas I, Donis J, Freudenschuß A, Herve J-C, Hladnik D, Jansons J, Kolozs L, Korhonen KT, Kucera M, Kulbokas G, Kuliesis A, Riedel T, et al (2019) Harmonisation of stem volume estimates in European National Forest Inventories. Ann Forest Sci 76:24, DOI:10.1007/s13595-019-0800-8
  5. Riedel T, Hennig P, Kroiher F, Polley H, Schmitz F, Schwitzgebel F (2017) Die dritte Bundeswaldinventur : BWI 2012 ; Inventur- und Auswertungsmethoden. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL), 115 p
    pdf document (limited accessibility) 3379 kb

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