Seminar on Climate Change Impacts on European Forests – save-the-date

The Polish State Forests (Lasy Państwowe) and EUSTAFOR organize a seminar to discuss the climate change impacts and adaptation needs of European Forests.

The Paris Agreement gives specific relevance to adaptation to climate change. Forest managers well understand the need to adapt forest ecosystems to climate change, and, at the same time, they need to face increased forest disturbances due to fire, insect and other pests, diseases as well as severe weather phenomena which bring serious damage to forest ecosystems and thus create a serious pressure on the resilience and vitality of European forests. The later have a significant impact on the productivity of forests and can put in danger forests’ sustainability and, in consequence, the long term provision of goods and services.

Adapting forest ecosystems to climate change requires thoughtful consideration of uncertainties and risks along with strong investments in fostering risk-resilient forest management. Adaptation planning, implementation and financing are therefore challenging aspects, which need to be addressed in a holistic manner, taking into consideration the multiple function of forests, as well as the enormous potential of the forestry sector to contribute to several objectives of sustainable development.

The aim of the seminar is to seek for synergies among European state forest management organizations in risk management related to, among others, changing climatic conditions and to formulate common messages towards EU policy makers on how to address the risks of forest disturbances and the adaptation needs in the relevant EU policies. This is of particular importance now while the European forests are again under severe destructive pressures.

The seminar will take place on 10-12 October 2018 in Bory Tucholskie in Poland. Please, see the “Save-the -Date” Announcement for more details.

A detailed programme and information for the participants will be available soon under this link.

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Published 31/07/2018, Brussels

Mr. Piotr Borkowski

Executive Director

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