HOMED - Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases.
HOMED is a European Union funded project to develop scientific knowledge and practical solutions for the management of emerging native and non-native pests and pathogens threatening European forests.
Forests account for around 40% of the total land area in Europe and provide numerous benefits to people and the environment. These include marketed products such as wood, and also ecosystem services of great value from an ecological, political, social and cultural perspective. Among these are water resource management, preservation of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, recreation and health benefits, cultural heritage and protection from soil erosion. In the last decades, a growing list of introduced non-native pests and pathogens (PnPs) have been causing dramatic losses to European trees and forests that threaten the continued provision of these benefits.
This questionnaire aims to identify your concerns and experiences regarding emerging forest pests and pathogens. Specifically we would like to know about:
1) pest and pathogen awareness
2) current management techniques
3) expectations for improved management tools
Your feedback will be used to develop better tools to reduce the risk to European forests from emerging pests and pathogens.
In total, the survey consists of 7 sections. At the end of the survey, you will be able to download the survey questions with your answers for your records. Many thanks for your participation.
For more information about the HOMED project, please visit http://homed-project.eu
HOMED survey team: Samantha Green, Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz, René Eschen, Sarah Yoga, Christophe Orazio, Jassy Drakulic and Hervé Jactel.
Participant information statement
The study is being conducted by HOMED project - Holistic Management of Emerging Forest Pests and Diseases - an EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 771271 . You have been selected to take part in this questionnaire survey as a person interested in tree health. Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary, and you can opt out at any stage by closing and exiting the browser. The only personal data asked for are your name and email to enable us to contact you in case you request further information about the outcome of this study. These personal data will be stored separately from the research data and will be processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. Your name and email will be held securely at Coventry University and will only be viewed by the HOMED survey team. You are free to withdraw your questionnaire responses from the project data set at any time up to 2 months after submitting your response by emailing email@example.com. The response data will be used with the aim of developing better management tools and techniques for forest health in Europe, and in the production of formal research outputs (e.g. journal articles, conference papers, theses and reports). By responding to the questionnaire, your consent to take part in the study is assumed and you agree to the use of anonymised quotes in publications. For further information, or if you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any concerns that cannot be resolved through the lead researcher, please contact Coventry University Research Centre Ethics Lead, Dr. Adrian Evans(Adrian.email@example.com). This survey has been received and approved through the formal Research Ethics procedure at Coventry University. Thank you for your participation in this survey. Your help is very much appreciated.