The overarching objective of InnoForESt is to formulate, assess, test, and demonstrate policy and business innovations for the sustainable supply and financing of forest ecosystem services. In six case study regions across Europe, networks with experience in successful ecosystem service governance innovations will be initiated. The aim is (i) to establish and institutionalise sustainable long-term governance structures for these frontrunners; (ii) to facilitate mutual knowledge exchange among them; (iii) to partner these pioneer stakeholders with regions that have demand for innovation; (iv) to mainstream these innovations for an informed EU forest policy development. Central to the formation and maintenance of these innovation networks is the establishment of supporting innovation platforms, as the locus of the project. The platforms function as digital information hubs and physical spaces for exchange and learning among core stakeholders, in particular local, national and EU level decision makers, forest administrations, public and private landowner associations and business partners. Network initiatives start on regional scale in case study regions, are extended to national level, interconnected among case studies including further experiences with innovations from network partners, and become up scaled to European level. This process is supported by the science partners that provide synthesized forestry system information, experimental testing of innovations, sustainability assessments, and tailor made navigation tools for policy, business and land-use decision-making.