Dear Reader of the eustafor.express!

In June the Forestry Commission England hosted the European State Forest Conference 2016 in the beautiful Lake District National Park in North West England. This was clearly one of the most important of EUSTAFOR’s recent events and our hosts, Forestry Commission England, are absolutely deserving of our appreciation for bringing the EUSTAFOR community together in such a fabulous English landscape, sharing their experiences, challenges and success stories in managing forests in a diversified countryside which has exceptionally high societal expectations and demands. Next year’s event will be hosted by our colleagues from ROMSILVA in Poiana Brașov, in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. Please already book your calendars for the dates of 13‑14 June 2017!

Directly preceding the SFC, an Executive Committee meeting took place at which the decision was made to launch two important position papers by early July. The first one concerned the role of forests in the EU Climate Change Post-2020 Policy and the second provided state forests’ views on the review process of the two Natura 2000 Directives.

Over the past weeks, EUSTAFOR was also involved in several other activities, including the “Beyond Wood” conference organized by the European Commission which provoked strong reactions from both the European Parliament and forest-based stakeholders. You will find further information about this event and many other topics in this month’s edition of our newsletter.

The end of June was also marked by the departure of Gerd Thomsen, EUSTAFOR’s Associate from Thüringenforst, who was part of our team for the past year.  He will remain in Brussels, working at the Permanent Representation of the Free State of Thüringia to the EU. Many thanks go to Mr. Thomsen for his essential contribution to the success of EUSTAFOR’s 10th anniversary events which took place in the European Parliament in April 2016 and for building the association’s new website. A call has been sent out to members who would be interested in sending a new Associate to our offices.  Please contact piotr.borkowski@eustafor.eu for more information.

We hope you enjoy reading our summer edition.  Please feel free to forward it within your organization!

We wish you a very enjoyable summer vacation!

Piotr Borkowski
Executive Director

Piotr Borkowski

Published 15/07/2016

Forestry News from 2017

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20/11/2017EUSTAFOR supports the European Bioenergy Day on 21 November
17/11/2017Global challenges need a strong forest bioeconomy: Looking ahead to a renewed Bioeconomy Strategy – EUSTAFOR contributes 8 policy messages
17/11/2017Sustainable forestry enables the bioeconomy: Eight policy messages – EUSTAFOR looks ahead to a renewed Bioeconomy Strategy
13/11/2017Sustainable Forest Management in the face of climate change discussed at COP23-related event
06/11/2017Forestry contributes to Sustainable Development Goals. Highlights from global meeting Sustainable Wood for a Sustainable World
01/11/2017EUSTAFOR contributes to the AEBIOM Statistical Report 2017
24/10/2017More work is still needed on forestry issues in Renewable Energy Directive (recast) after European Parliament’s Environment Committee vote
16/10/2017State forests’ perspectives on wood mobilization presented at the final conference of SIMWOOD project
09/10/2017European forest owners and managers welcome the 4th European Forest Week and underline the key role of sustainable forest management for providing solutions to societal challenges
06/10/2017EUSTAFOR HAS A NEW ASSOCIATE!
03/10/2017Implementing Natura 2000 in forests: lessons learned and looking ahead
01/10/2017Wood U Believe in Growth – Finnish forest sector events in Brussels
25/09/2017Follow-up: EUSTAFOR’s WG Bioeconomy – 11/12 September 2017 #forestBioeconomy
22/09/2017New study on economic impacts of potential EU forest carbon sink policies on the forest-based sectors
22/09/2017Wood U Believe in Growth – Finnish forest sector events in Brussels
13/09/2017European Parliament votes in favour of a LULUCF regulation better fit for purpose
28/07/2017EUSTAFOR Appointed as Member of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (DG GROW)
20/07/2017Welcome to the Forest Service of Catalonia!
19/07/2017The European Forestry House Celebrates 10 Years of Existence
18/07/2017The forest sector has a vast potential to provide climate benefits – Press Breakfast at the European Forestry House
11/07/2017LULUCF: Forestry, paper and agricultural sectors team up in favor of a dynamic forest reference level
03/07/2017Active forest management is needed to prevent devastating forest fires
12/06/2017Europe´s forest owners and managers deeply concerned about draft European Parliament forest biomass report
09/06/2017EU Bioeconomy Strategy to be reviewed
06/06/2017Forest Managers Play a Key Role in Natura 2000 Directives Implementation
09/05/2017EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy
08/05/2017EUSTAFOR views presented at opening of National Conference “Forests and Landscape” organized by EUSTAFOR’s members ANARF and FORESTAS
08/05/2017Evaluation of the instruments applicable to State aid in agriculture and forestry – a roadmap open for consultation
05/05/2017ONF Seminar “Forest Fires, a growing risk due to Climate Change” – Follow-up
25/04/2017How to afforest for the future?
13/04/2017PEFC Standard Revision – public consultation
11/04/2017Sustainably managed forests are a proven source of sustainable biomass for bioenergy
04/04/2017EUSTAFOR is a strategic partner of Forest City Project 2017 which kicked off at the Value of Wood Forum on 21 March 2017 where EUSTAFOR’s President gave a keynote address
22/03/2017State Foresters Gathered in Brussels for the International Day of Forests Dedicated to Forest and Energy
01/03/2017Forestry and the need for sectorial education on the European path of Bosnia and Herzegovina – KUPRES
20/02/2017Does the EU 2030 Climate Policy Reflect the Benefits of Forest Management?
25/01/2017Forest Management is solution to Climate Change
17/01/2017Don’t miss Kupres 2017 Conference
16/01/2017State Forests of Saxony joins EUSTAFOR!
13/01/2017The Role of the Bioeconomy in the Circular Economy
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