RegioPower - A regional IT-based platform for bringing resource needs and land-based resource production together


Lignocellulosic Resources, Stock Market, Land use / Land cover change, regional economic development, participatory impact assessment


Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, China (associated)


RegioPower is an interdisciplinary project, which focuses on the WoodWisdom / BioEnergy call text topic "Forest for multiple needs of society, including enhanced productivity and optimised use of forest feedstock" and within this topic on (e) "Handling conflicting interests of land-use incl. increased feedstock production for bioenergy and forest industry vs. other needs of society" under consideration of aspects touched by focus area (c) "Innovative concepts, processes and products for the commercialisation of forest ecosystem services, soft values and non-wood forest goods (including consumer expectations)" and (b) "Innovative concepts and processes for multiple use of forest land and forest-based feedstocks (e.g. wood for energy, building, furniture, pulp and paper, chemistry) and/for increased revenue to forest land owners".


RegioPower builds an interdisciplinary modeling framework and software platform that links growth and yield modeling with ecosystem services assessment, land use / land cover change modeling, mobile solutions for participatory impact assessment and with an online feed-stock market for linking productivity with the demand side in natural resources use.

Main Cooperation Partners

  • University of Bonn
  • PiSolution GmbH     
  • High Competence Network e.V.
  • Scheller Systemtechnik GmbH     
  • Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
  • University of Helsinki     
  • Simosol Oy    
  • Slovenian Forestry Institute
  • European Forest Institute     
  • Associated: Chinese Academy of Forestry
Main Funding Partners

ERA WoodWisdom / BioEnergy (in Germany handled through BMEL / FNR)


La Rosa, D., Lorz, C., König, H., Fürst, C., (subm.): Spatial information and participation in socio-ecological systems: experiences, tools and lessons learned for land-use planning. iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry.

Frank, S., Fürst, C., Witt, A., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F. (2014): Making use of the ecosystem services concept in regional planning—trade-offs from reducing water erosion. Landscape Ecology, DOI 10.1007/s10980-014-9992-3.

Fürst, C., Frank, S., Witt, A., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F. (2013): Assessment of the effects of forest land use strategies on the provision of Ecosystem Services at regional scale. Journal of Environmental Management, 127, 96-116. IF: 3.245

Fürst, C., Helming, K., Lorz, C., Müller, F., Verburg, P. (2013): Integrated land use and regional resource management – A cross-disciplinary dialogue on future perspectives for a sustainable development of regional resources. Journal of Environmental Management, 127, 1-5, IF: 3.245

Koschke, L., Fürst, C., Lorenz, M., Witt, A., Frank, S., Makeschin, F. (2013): The integration of crop rotation and tillage practices in the assessment of ecosystem services provision at the regional scale. Ecological Indicators 32, 157-171. IF:2.695

Frank, S., Fürst, C., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F. (2013): Assessment of landscape aesthetics - validation of a landscape metrics-based assessment by visual estimation of the scenic beauty. Ecological Indicators 32, 222-231. IF: 2.695

Lorenz, M., Fürst, C., Thiel, E. (2013): A methodological approach for deriving regional crop rotations as basis for the assessment of the impact of agricultural strategies using soil erosion as example, Journal of Environmental Management, 127, 37-47, IF: 3.245

Witt, A., Fürst, C., Makeschin, F. (2013): Regionalization of Climate Change sensitive forest ecosystem types for potential afforestation areas, Journal of Environmental Management, 127, 48-55, IF: 3.245

Fürst, C., Pietzsch, K., Frank, S., Witt, A., Koschke, L., Makeschin, F. (2012): How to better consider sectoral planning information in regional planning - example afforestation and conversion. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2012, p. 1–29, IF: 1.107

Koschke, L., Fürst, C., Frank, S., Makeschin, F (2012): A multi-criteria approach for an inte-grated land-cover-based assessment of ecosystem services provision for planning support. Ecological Indicators 21, p. 54-66., IF: 2.695

Duration of the Project

02/2012 – 01/2015

Project Homepage


Christine Fürst

Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst


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