Forest monitoring in Europe is turning matter of renewed political concern, and a possible role for ICP Forests health monitoring has been suggested to meet this goal (Ann For Sci 78:94, 2021). Multipurpose national forest inventory (NFI) surveys yet offer a sampling effort by two orders of magnitude greater than ICP level 1, have accomplished substantial methodological and harmonization progresses in the recent years, and therefore form a decisive contributor to future European forest monitoring incentives. Possible paths for the future development of a pan-European, comprehensive and more accurate monitoring are designed that stress a crucial need to build on the assets of the existing forest monitoring programs and favor their cooperation, in order to limit the co-existence of distinct forest monitoring processes.
Forest monitoring; Forest inventory; European forests; ICP Forests; National forest inventory; Forest health; Forest resource; Integration
Bontemps, JD., Bouriaud, O., Vega, C. et al. Offering the appetite for the monitoring of European forests a diversified diet. Annals of Forest Science 79, 19 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13595-022-01139-7