How to manage European forests in the 21st Century?

On 3-5 March 2020, FOREXCLIM, together with two other European research projects (FORMASAM and Reforce), held a conference “Managing forests in the 21st Century” at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Potsdam, Germany. As an official partner in the FOREXCLIM project, EUSTAFOR was invited to join the conference and had the chance to learn about the latest research developments and recommendations on challenges and opportunities of today’s forest management related to the effects of climate change.

Over the last decades, European forests have been managed sustainably, meeting European society’s growing demands for climate change mitigation, protection against natural hazards, recreational space, development of the bioeconomy and providing a home for biodiversity. Still, negative effects of climate change to European forests cannot be overlooked. Therefore, more than 100 scientists from institutions ranging from the German National Park Berchtesgarden to the US Oregon State University and Russian Higher School of Economics participated in three days of intense discussions on the role of forests and forest management in the context of climate change. The conference was focused on addressing climate change impacts, as well as the needs for mitigation and adaptation, especially with regard to:

  1. The impacts of climate extremes and disturbances
  2. The management challenges (and options) for resilient forests?
  3. What can be done to increase the contribution of forest management to climate change mitigation?

Many issues were discussed by the experts. All agreed that forests are under increasing stress from changing conditions – namely the recent extraordinarily dry and warm summers – and all are worried what the next years will bring.

The workshop participants concluded that what a forest can or cannot do under climate change really depends on how it is managed. Storing carbon is not the only thing forests are good for, especially since the potential for sustainable afforestation is limited due to the scarcity of suitable lands. Forests can have an important cooling effect for the region they grow in, and they substantially influence water cycles from evaporation and cloud formation to rain and groundwater formation. Yet this depends on, among others, the trees which are planted and, hence, on forest management.

After three days of intense discussions and talks, participants had the chance to join field excursions in the Brandenburg forest or visit the Dendrolab of the GeoForschungszentrum and tale a historical tour across the “Telegrafenberg”.

The book of abstracts for the conference can be downloaded here. The FORMASAM-Homepage contains the full agenda and the PDF-Slides of the talks.

Published 15/03/2020

Mr. Piotr Borkowski

Executive Director

Forestry News from 2020

31/01/2020Wood Be Better – a new initiative launched in Brussels
10/02/2020EUSTAFOR President speaks at the International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate
02/03/2020ROSEWOOD Final Conference and Forestry Innovation Workshop 2020
05/03/2020EU Commission proposes European Climate Law and consults on the European Climate Pact
21/03/2020Forests, biodiversity and sustainable forest management – an inseparable trio thriving together
01/04/2020European Commission adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan for a Cleaner and More Competitive Europe
02/04/2020European Commission launched its 2020 call for project proposals under the LIFE programme
02/04/2020European Commission launched consultations on EU sustainable finance, Climate Law and 2030 Climate Target Plan
03/04/2020NEW MTK BIODIVERSITY PROGRAMME ON BIODIVERSITY
10/04/2020EUSTAFOR input to the Inception Impact Assessment of the 2030 Climate Target Plan
17/04/2020State Forests in the Baltic Sea Region: Where experience meets challenges and future opportunities
20/04/2020Forest ownership in the ECE region – The organisation of public forest ownership
21/04/2020EUSTAFOR input to the inception impact assessment of the Commission Delegated Regulation on Sustainable Finance – EU classification system for green investments
05/05/2020The European forestry sector must be part of the future EU COVID-19 recovery plan
15/05/2020Joint statement: The EU forest sector’s role in ensuring sustainable forest management and conserving biodiversity
17/05/2020The European Forest-based Industries Ecosystem calls to be eligible for support by the European Recovery Plan and Industrial Strategy
19/05/2020EU Biodiversity Targets 2030 must be balanced, realistic and feasible – 5 policy recommendations from EU state forests
20/05/2020The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 must be balanced, realistic and feasible
22/05/2020Forests, Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management – an inseparable trio thriving together
01/07/2020EUSTAFOR’s input to the roadmap for the EU strategy on adaptation to climate change
03/07/2020SINCERE – Mapping innovation across Europe
10/07/2020Initial reactions by key stakeholders to the Farm-to-Fork & EU Biodiversity Strategies
17/07/2020#ForestBiodiversity video series: The contribution of Sustainable Forest Management in preserving forest biodiversity
07/09/2020[Virtual conference] European Forests: Hotspots of Biodiversity
09/09/2020Hotspots of biodiversity: The role of sustainable forest management in Europe
25/09/20202030 EU Climate Target Plan must better recognize the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation
28/09/2020Joint statement: The New EU Forest Strategy: 3 reasons to endorse the committee report
29/09/2020EUSTAFOR’s input to the EC Roadmap on EU renewable energy rules – review
06/10/2020EU forest-based Industries for a sustainable future
08/10/2020European Parliament paves the way for the Commission to propose an ambitious and self-standing EU Forest Strategy
12/10/2020#ForestBiodiversity – A new platform to show how sustainable forest management supports biodiversity preservation
22/10/2020European Commission adopted its 2021 work programme
29/10/2020LULUCF Forest Reference Levels for 2021-2025 set by the European Commission
02/11/2020FORSTZEITUNG ABOUT EUSTAFOR – STATE FORESTS IN BRUSSELS: MISSION POSSIBLE
16/11/2020We are hiring a Forestry and Forest-Based Sector Communications Officer
25/11/2020Webinar: EU Forest Strategy post-2020 in the context of post-EU Green Deal future-fit Europe
07/12/2020SINCERE Talks#2: Towards an EU policy framework for forest ecosystem services
07/12/2020GenRes Bridge project develops a European Genetic Resources Strategy
08/12/2020WEBINAR: EU FOREST STRATEGY POST-2020 IN THE CONTEXT OF THE POST-EU GREEN DEAL FUTURE-FIT EUROPE
18/12/2020FOREST EUROPE published the State of Europe’s Forests 2020 Report
19/12/2020More Work on the EU Taxonomy is Needed – Nine Recommendations for Further Steps from EUSTAFOR
22/12/2020What’s new about forests and trees around Brussels? A new book of Geographical Arboretum Tervuren takes you for a journey through the trees of the world
Show older Forestry News

Please upgrade your browser to the latest version for a better experience.