Small 4Good

Small4Good: Sustainable multifunctional management by small forest owners in support of bioeconomy, biodiversity and climate. Coordinated by the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO).


Small forest owners, when provided with target-orientated management concepts and tools, have the potential to significantly contribute to safeguarding biodiversity and enhancing ecosystem services

The EU-funded Small4Good project aims to help small forest owners implement multifunctional management and business models supported by digital and AI driven solutions. The project promotes biodiversity and carbon farming through payment for ecosystem services schemes, engaging these smallholders in active forest management. Small4Good’s approach involves understanding the motivations of small forest owners and developing business and management models through a multi-actor living lab approach across Europe, promoting rapid prototyping and implementing realistic, locally adapted pathways towards multifunctionality. 

These would put small-forest owners on a pathway towards sustainable and multifunctional management as a basis for a fair and inclusive transition towards the bioeconomy.

SMALL4GOOD objectives

The strategic objective of Small4Good is...

The strategic objective of Small4Good is to enable and activate small-forest owners to safeguard biodiversity and enhance the provision of ecosystem services from Europe’s forests through multifunctional and locally adapted management models that are financially supported by Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and implemented with the support of digital- and AI-based solutions.

Small4Good will develop multifunctional management and business models for owners of small forests financially enabled by schemes for PES with a focus on biodiversity and carbon farming. The management models are supported by digital and AI solutions to improve the capacity and engagement of small-forest owners. To ensure a long-term impact, the models must be aligned with the motivations of the individual owners and the local ecosystem and socioeconomic conditions.

Small4Good focuses on understanding the motivations of small-forest owners and pursues the development of business and management models through a multi-actor living lab approach in four regions across Europe. This follows a co-creation approach that promotes rapid acceptability, prototyping, and implementation to outline realistic locally adapted pathways towards multifunctionality that are aligned with the ambitions outlined in the EU Forest Strategy. 

The lessons learned will be used to enable small-forest owners across Europe to enter the pathway towards sustainable and multifunctional management as a basis for a fair and inclusive transition towards the bioeconomy.

Small4Good is aligned with the work programme by providing outcomes contributing to the policy goals of the European Green Deal, including increasing the multifunctional role and resilience needs under climate change and contribution to halting and reversing biodiversity loss. This is achieved through a better understanding of the motivations of small-forest owners and local small-scale management models based on the implementation of carbon farming and PES.

The project answers the specific needs to:


Improve the contributions of small-forest owners to the EU Forest Strategy 2030


Halt the loss of biodiversity and mitigate & adapt to climate change


Additional knowledge about small-forest owners’ motivations and constraints


Develop a sustainable and just economy


Improve the multifunctional role of Europe’s forest


Regional & local management models for small-scale forest holdings

Understanding of small-scale forest owners’ dynamics for multifunctional management

Multifunctional management: a forest has multiple purposes (carbon, biodiversity, and timber) rather than just one

Implementation of improved guidelines on carbon farming and PES adapted for small-forest owners

Development of sustainable rural areas and integration of small-scale forest owners in the bioeconomy value chains

Improvement of the quantity and quality of EU forests

Project leaflet

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