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  

Jaroslav Regec, Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Slovak Republic & Forest Europe  

Marc Palahí, Director, EFI 

10:00   Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges (presentation)

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

10:20   Climate Change and Forest Disturbances in Europe (presentation)

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

10:40   Bark beetle outbreaks and responses: Presentation of a new EFI study (presentation)

Tomáš Hlásny, Professor, Czech University of Life Sciences  

11:00    Coffee break 

11:30     Panel Discussion: How to respond to forest disturbances?

Moderator:  Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent, The Guardian

Panelists include:

Alex Held, Senior expert, European Forest Institute
Louise Eriksson, Researcher, Umeå University, Sweden
Reinhardt Neft, President of EUSTAFOR & CEO Bavarian State Forest
Tomáš Pařík, Director, Wood & Paper A.S., Czech Republic

12:50    Closing words for the morning session

Göran Persson

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch  

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

Chair: Marcus Lindner, Principal Scientist, EFI


14:30    Lessons learnt from managing recent forest disturbances

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 (presentation)

Multiple risk occurrences in Ireland: Ciaran Nugent, Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Ireland (presentation)

Ice storm in Slovenia: Damjan Oražem, Slovenia Forest Service, Slovenia (presentation)

Conclusions:  Christoph Hartebrodt

15:10     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 

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

16:30     SURE-project video on forest disturbances

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