Programme 4.4.2019

How to Respond to Forest Disturbances in Europe

4 April 2019 at 9:00 – 18:00, Hotel Grandium, Prague

Chair:   Göran Persson, ThinkForest President


9:00    Welcome   Göran Persson  

9:10    Opening speeches  

Miroslav Toman, Minister of Agriculture, Czech Republic  

Gabriela Matečná, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Slovak Republic & Forest Europe  

Isabel Bombal Diáz, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, Spain  

Marc Palahí, Director, EFI 

10:10   Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges

Stefan Rahmstorf, Professor, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany

10:30   Climate Change and Forest Disturbances in Europe

Rupert Seidl, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria  

10:50   Bark beetle outbreaks and responses: Presentation of a new EFI study

Tomáš Hlásny, Professor, Czech University of Life Sciences  

11:10    Coffee break 

11:40     Panel Discussion: How to respond to forest disturbances?

Moderator:  Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian

Panelists include:

Marc Castellnou , Strategic Fire Analyst, Regional Fire Service, Catalonia, Spain
Louise Eriksson, Researcher, Umeå University, Sweden
Reinhardt Neft, President of EUSTAFOR & CEO Bavarian State Forest
Tomáš Pařík, Director, Wood & Paper A.S., Czech Republic
Anke Schulmeister-Oldenhove, Senior Forest Policy Officer, WWF

13:05    Closing words for the morning session

13:10 – 14:30 Lunch  

Session “Managing and preventing disturbances: Past, present and future”

Chair: Marcus Lindner, Principal Scientist, EFI


14:30    Increasing the resilience and responsiveness towards forest disturbances: Lessons learnt

Introduction: Christoph Hartebrodt, Head of Department of Forest Economics and Management,
Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Big European storms:Amélie Castro, Regional Private Forest Center, Bordeaux, France

Ice storm in Slovenia: Damjan Oražem, Slovenia Forest Service, Slovenia

Risk interactions: speaker to be confirmed

Conclusions:  Christoph Hartebrodt

15:00    Panel: How to move forward in coordinating European forest risks

Moderator: Christoph Hartebrodt  

Kateryna Davydenko, Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry & Forest Melioration

Barry Gardiner, Senior Researcher, EFI

Thomas Haussmann, Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Germany 

Ludmila Marusakova, FOREST EUROPE – Liaison Unit Bratislava

Ciaran Nugent, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Ireland

16:30     Closing words

16:35 ‐ 18:00 Networking event with wine and snacks