Our Science-policy in Action day was divided into two parts:
Morning session 9:00-13:00
Towards Paris 2015: How can the forest sector contribute?
Forests play a key role in climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and substitution, for example bioeconomy products replacing fossil-based products. But there are still open issues
What role should EU forests and forest sector play in climate targets?
Land use and forest (LULUCF) in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework
Our Science-Policy in Action morning session touched on these issues, in the lead up to the Paris climate change negotiations and publication of a new EFI From Science to Policy study in December 2015.
Afternoon session 13:00-17:00
ThinkForest in the forest: biodiversity and forest management
The afternoon session took place in the Sonian Forest, 15km from Brussels centre (transportation from the International Press Centre was provided).
Discuss and network in the forest!
Presentations on Natura 2000, forest recreation, biodiversity and management
Hands-on demonstration of a mobile forest management tool
Chair (morning session): Göran Persson, ThinkForest President
Chair (afternoon session): Bo Larsen, Chair of EFI Board 2011-2015, University of Copenhagen
Our speakers included:
Audun Rosland, Director of the Climate Department, Norwegian Environment Agency
Peter Wehrheim, Head of Unit Climate Finance & Deforestation, European Commission
Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Professor, Alterra, Wageningen University
Annalisa Savaresi, University of Edinburgh
Emma Berglund, Confederation of the European Forest Owners
Marco Mensink, Confederation of European Paper Industries
Sini Eräjää, Birdlife/European Environmental Bureau
Patrick Huvenne, Regional Administrator, Sonian Forest
Daniel Kraus, Senior Researcher, European Forest Institute
Georg Winkel, Head of Forest for Society Programme, European Forest Institute