WP3 Elaborating management scenarios and spreading knowledge
The originality of this WP is to tightly associated researcher and stakeholders in order to address two specific objectives.
 
Objective 1: Development of management scenarios for WP2  
To develop realistic management and policy scenarios, we will first compile information on current forestry  practices  most  commonly  used  in  Europe  (including  tropical  forests  in  its  Overseas Territories)  based  on  published  forestry  guides  and  discussion  with  the  stakeholders’  group. Additionally,  the  stakeholders’  group  will  propose  an  array  of  original  management  scenarios  of adaptive forestry in response to GC. Hotly debated management scenarios proposed for adaptive include assisted migration, shortened rotation length, increased optimal adult and seedling density, changes in forest structure, increased minimum requirements for seed collection, etc. The fact that our own consortium includes forestry managers from private and public sectors and policy makers involved in international forums will ensure a wide coverage of possible management options.  A first set of current and future management scenarios will be compiled from “brainstorming” sessions (virtual conference and annual meeting) to be held during the first year of the project, associating our stakeholders group and scientists.  
These management scenarios will then be entered in the modeling platforms developed in WP2, in order to identify environmental and micro-evolutionary tipping points where population collapse and adaptation to degraded environments is not possible anymore. Predicting when and where tipping points  may  occur  is  of crucial  importance for forest managers  and  policy  makers  who  can  adapt forest management scenarios to prevent loss of ecosystem services such as carbon destocking and biodiversity loss. During the third year of the project, the scenarios and tipping points delivered by WP2 will be analyzed in a 2-days workshop associating our stakeholders group and scientists in order to provide (1) elements of knowledge for objective 2 of WP3 and (2) a new set of alternative management options to be tested in WP2 if required by the stakeholders group.
 
Objective 2: Spreading of knowledge for public awareness, information sharing and background for policy making related to local adaption of forests under GC
In Europe and its Overseas Territories, integration throughout the knowledge chain from science to management and policy making is often fully operational in biodiversity conservation as can be seen from  the  existence  of  many  initiatives  that  lead  to  functional  indicators  used  for  monitoring  (e.g. SEBI 2010, see technical report 11/2007 by the European Environment Agency). However, this is not  yet  true  as far  as  intra-specific  diversity  and  micro-evolution  are  concerned.  Although  a  well-identified risk (for example extinction vortex due to inbreeding), there are no criteria and indicators available to assess biodiversity loss within species for wild resources. The issue of the sustainability of forest ecosystems under GC is regularly discussed in Europe under the Forest Europe initiative since  1991  (http://www.foresteurope.org/). The  recommendations  of  an  international  workshop  on climate  change  and  forests,  organized  in  2005  in  Paris  concurrently  by  EUFORGEN  (European Forest  Genetic  Resources  Program)  and  IUFRO  (International  Union  of  Forest  Research Organizations) in collaboration with FOREST EUROPE clearly stated that safeguarding and using genetic  diversity  of  keystone  forest  ecosystem  species  should  be  a  priority  on  policy  makers’ agendas to mitigate the effects of CC. Apart from the importance of forest trees themselves, their role to preserve whole forest systems has also been recognized. This is especially true of tropical forest  ecosystems  and  the  protection  of  genetic  diversity  in  natural,  highly  diverse  tropical ecosystems  has  been  recognized  as  a  priority  by  FAO  and  the  UN  Convention  on  Biological Diversity (CBD) because of the rate at which deforestation is destroying precious resources. In this context, WP3 will ensure that knowledge acquired from the experimental package (WP1) and modeling package (WP2) will be transferred to stakeholders inside and outside of the consortium. Besides  our  partner  stakeholders,  we  target  forest  managers,  forest  owners,  and  policy  makers (FAO Forestry Commission; Forest Europe initiative; EUFORGEN)  from Europe and its Overseas Territories. Results from TipTree will be conveyed through a well-documented summary of major research findings  (in the form  of  briefs  and  other  relevant  documents)  and  through  a  conference dedicated to highlighting which management and policy scenarios most impact the sustainability of forests and their genetic resources. We will be attentive to include the relevant community involved in the delineation of criteria and indicators (FOREST EUROPE, CBD, EUFORGEN, LAFORGEN) so that indicators and criteria relating to micro-evolutionary processes are included in sustainable forest and biodiversity management worldwide. Finally, results from TipTree will be conveyed to a larger community of end-user through participation into citizen science forums. WP3 will also manage the web site of the project, designed as toolbox for managers, policy makers and scientists