Scientific Seminar 19.09

Plantation forests to native forests: delivering multiple ecosystem benefits in a changing climate

In the context of an increasing global demand for wood-based products and an accentuation of climate change impacts on European forests, the role, challenges and opportunities that Plantation forests and native forests offer requires an informed dialogue between scientists, policy-makers and practitioners.

This seminar aims to discuss from a scientific perspective the potential, risks and opportunities of different types of forests in delivering multiple ecosystem benefits in a changing climate. The roles of native and plantation forests in delivering ecosystem services and how they are perceived by society will be an important focus of the event.



09.00 Opening
  Moderator: Knut Øistad, Chair of the EFI Board
  Colin Campbell, The James Hutton Institute
09.30 Scotland’s new Forestry Strategy?
  Jo O'Hara, CEO Scottish Forestry (presentation)
10.00 Discussion (15 min.)
10.15 Coffee break
10.45 Session I – The future of planted forests in Europe
  Chair: Margarida Tomé, University of Lisbon
10.50 European forests: past trends and future outlook
  Hans Verkerk, EFI
11.10 Which role for planted forests in Europe?
  Peter Freer-Smith, The University of California, Davis, USA (presentation)
11.30 Plantation of non-native species: ways forward and issues at stake
  Elisabeth Pötzelsberger, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (presentation)
11.50 Adapting planted forests genetic to future climate and other risks
  Catherine Bastien, INRA (presentation)
12.10 Discussion
12.30 Lunch break
14.00 Session II – Which benefits from different types of forests in a changing climate?
  Chair: Bill Slee, The James Hutton Institute
14.00 Assessing multiple-benefits from different types of forests
  Davide Pettenella, University of Padova (presentation)

Contribution of new forests to the carbon balance and wider ecosystem services

  Robert Matthews, Forest Research (presentation)

What stakeholders want: bridging the splits in planted forests

  Anna Lawrence, University of the Highlands and Islands (presentation)
14.30 Discussion
15.15 Coffee break
15.45 Session III –developing a resilient forested landscape
  Chair and moderator: Jo O'Hara, CEO Scottish Forestry
15.45 Developing resilient forested landscape: how do we integrate different land-uses and forest types in a sustainable manner? 
  Alison Hester, The James Hutton Institute (presentation)

New generation plantations approach

  Andrew Heald, Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor) (presentation)
16.15 Panel discussion and questions from the audience: Integrating planted forests, natural forests and other land-uses for a more sustainable/ resilient future?
  Shireen Chambers, ICF
  Andrew Heald, Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor)

J. Bo Larsen, University of Copenhagen


Seamus Dunne, Department of Agriculture, Ireland (DAFM -Forestry)

17.15-17.30 Conclusion
  Christophe Orazio, EFI