During the celebration of the Scoping Seminars, some work sessions were held to establish a roadmap for the development of this iNet, including the priority themes that will be addressed throughout the project.
Priority themes to focus Cork iNet actions:
The priority themes to focus INCREDIBLE actions were:
For three of these main themes the results of the sessions were:
A) EVALUATION OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Type: Management and innovation challenge
Desired state: A set of management models suitable for different conditions available; Balancing different ES, achieving synergies among ES; Delivery of ES is rewarded and profitable
What needs to happen: research based identification of models; assessment of feasibility of proposed models (stakeholder engagement); assessment of ES within each management model (quantifying synergies and trade-off)
Actions/ Role for INCREDIBLE: providing a rating system associated to different ES performances;
Technological challenge – mechanical cork harvesting; cork extraction and transport logistics;
Organizational challenge – negotiation power increase
Policy challenge related to ES payment regulation
Business model challenge
Decrease costs; 30% cork mechanically debarked; new marketing strategies;
Increase profits; payments for ES are normal; dynamic and innovative sector; workers training; transparent market trading
What needs to happen: improve funding to implement the R&D agenda; expand cork quality sampling; develop a humidity sampling methodology; financial schemes to support plantation (attractive and adequate); cork market platform expansion.
Actions/ Role for INCREDIBLE: document and share relevant cases; workshop organization about the relevant cases; dissemination event (include field discussions); cross seminar cork oak x rural development; content review NWFP training necessities; training school meetings; e-tools development: webinar; practical tutorials videos)
C) CLIMATE CHANGE
Type: Management and innovation challenge - facing the effects of climate change, decrease in precipitation, increase in temperature and of extreme events, and with the fact that cork oak is a slow response system/specie.
Desired state: resilient ecosystem services from cork oak systems
What needs to happen: more adaptive management at a spatial and temporal scale (no unique management solution)
Actions/ Role for INCREDIBLE: