EFI to participate in FOREST EUROPE High-Level Talks

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FOREST EUROPE's first High-Level Policy Dialogue, titled Sustainable Forest Management: Unlocking forest biodiversity’s potential, will take place on 30 August 2022, with important contributions from EFI. The FOREST EUROPE High-Level Talks offers an inclusive dialogue among forest-related actors to exchange on the latest scientific findings, best practices, region-specific approaches, and specific national policies to strengthen the development and implementation of policies and practices. This year the discussion will focus on how Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) can maintain and eventually enhance forest biological diversity, and ensure the balance with other forest ecosystem services.

On the first segment, the German Federal Minister Cem Özdemir, acting as chair of the process, together with Minister Zdeněk Nekula (Czech Republic) and Minister Anna-Caren Sätherberg (Sweden) will discuss with Eckart Senitza (Pro Silva) and Erica Di Girolami (IFSA) common achievements of sustainable forest management to prevent loss of forest biodiversity.

Panelists will then present challenges, gaps, and tradeoffs in strengthening forest biodiversity while guaranteeing multi-functionality of our forests. The background of this section will be EFI's From Science to Policy report recently published by Bart Muys et al. 

The work of FOREST EUROPE's international secretariat (also called "Liaison Unit Bonn"), currently in Bonn and headed by Thomas Haußmann, is complemented by a team from EFI for the first time in 30 years. Bernhard Wolfslehner, Jose Bolaños, Heike Kruse, Benny Vazquez and Santiago Alarcón strengthen the science-policy interface, develop strategic communication of the process and activities, and support the administrative and financial implementation of the work programme and budget.

More info at https://talks.foresteurope.org

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