Living with bark beetles: impacts, outlook and management options

From Science to Policy 8

Tomáš Hlásny, Paal Krokene, Andrew Liebhold, Claire Montagné-Huck, Jörg Müller, Hua Qin, Kenneth Raffa, Mart-Jan Schelhaas, Rupert Seidl, Miroslav Svoboda, Heli Viiri
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Europe’s forests have provided human societies with essential ecosystem services and great economic values for centuries. Some of these values are now increasingly threatened by climate change, which greatly intensifies forest disturbances such as bark beetle outbreaks. However, some past management practices have also increased the vulnerability of Europe’s forests. For example, due to its good growth performance and favourable properties for forest industry, Norway spruce has been planted extensively in Europe over the past century, including in areas outside its native range. This has created large areas of so-called secondary forests, which have increasingly exhibited problems with health and vitality and are prone to various disturbances: the most important being wind, drought and bark beetles. This report aims to help European and national policy makers understand the complex roles bark beetles play in our forests, and provide the scientific basis for robust forest policies and management options to address these emerging bark beetle problems.

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Hlásny, T., Krokene, P., Liebhold, A., Montagné-Huck, C., Müller, J., Qin, H., Raffa, K., Schelhaas, M-J., Seidl, R., Svoboda, M., Viiri, H. 2019. Living with bark beetles: impacts, outlook and management options. From Science to Policy 8. European Forest Institute.

Number of pages: 52
ISBN 978-952-5980-75-2 (print)
ISBN 978-952-5980-76-9 (online)

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This publication is also available in Czech: Život s kůrovcem: Dopady, výhledy a řešení


Tomáš Hlásny, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Czech Republic
Paal Krokene, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway
Andrew Liebhold, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Czech Republic
Claire Montagné-Huck, Université de Lorraine, Université de Strasbourg, AgroParisTech, CNRS, INRA,
BETA, France
Jörg Müller, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany
Hua Qin, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Kenneth Raffa, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA
Mart-Jan Schelhaas, Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen University and Research,
Rupert Seidl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
Miroslav Svoboda, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Czech Republic
Heli Viiri, Natural Resources Institute, Finland