Scientific Seminar 07.10

The aim of the scientific seminar is to a explore the current state-of-the-art forest monitoring systems in Europe, get an insight into the latest scientific and technical developments in the field of remote sensing and forest monitoring, and provide a better understanding of the needs of decision makers in terms of forest related data and information.

Toward next generation forest monitoring: recent developments and policy needs

  Master of ceremony, Robert Mavsar, Deputy Director, EFI
11:00 Welcome words 
  Marco Marchetti, Full Professor of Forest Planning and Conservation and Vice Rector, University of Molise, Chairman of the EFI Board
  Session 1: Forest monitoring challenges and opportunities: global, European and national perspectives
  Moderator: Margarida Tomé, Professor, Instituto Superior de Agronomía, Portugal
11:05 Global multidecadal satellite-based forest change assessment: advances and limitations
  Peter Potapov, Research Professor, Maryland University
11:20 Current situation and way forward for forest monitoring in Europe
Latest developments in the field of remote sensing and forest monitoring
  Gherardo Chirici, Professor, University of Florence
11:35 Forest monitoring systems in the Czech Republic
  Peter Surovy, Associate Professor, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague
11:50 Panel discussion: Main challenges and opportunities to develop a harmonised forest monitoring system in Europe
  Moderator: Robert Mavsar, Deputy Director, EFI
  Annemarie Bastrup-Birk, EEA
  Alessandro Cescatti, JRC
  Raisa Mäkipää, Research Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
  Johannes Breidenbach, Research Professor, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research  
  Ruben Valbuena, Lecturer in Forest Science, Bangor University
  Moderated Q&A session, with interventions from public
12:35 Break (30 mins) 
  Session 2: Policy making and information needs
  Moderator: Helga Pülzl, Assistant Director for Policy Support, EFI
13:05 Forest relevant targets in EU policy instruments - can progress be measured with available indicators and data? 
  Stefanie Linser, Senior Researcher, BOKU and EFI's Forest Policy Research Network
13:20 Forest Europe: plans for the development of pan-European indicators
  Thomas Haußmann, Head of the Liaison Unit Bonn of Forest Europe
13:35 Panel discussion: Which data for informed policy making?
  Moderator: Bernhard Wolfslehner, Team Leader of the EFI FOREST EUROPE Team
  Anssi Pekkarinen, Senior Forestry Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  Claudia Olazábal, Head of Land Use & Management Unit, Directorate General for the Environment of the European Commission
  Eva Müller, Director-General for Forests, Sustainability and Renewable Resources, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
  Tuula Packalen, Director-General of Natural Resources Department at Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland  
  Moderated Q&A session, with interventions from public
14.35 Concluding remarks (10 mins)
  Robert Mavsar, Deputy Director and Helga Pülzl, Assistant Director for Policy Support, EFI