Main Topic: Climate Policy and Forest Sustainability
- Sustainable planning and management of forestry activities
- Biodiversity, biotic and abiotic factors in forest areas
- Bioeconomy based on timber and non-timber forest products and services
I. Forest Biology and Ecology
- Forest soils and forest plants;
- Ecosystem management and modeling;
- Forest stand dynamics, growth and yield;
- Biodiversity and nature conservation;
- Wildlife management, Fisheries and aquaculture;
II. Forest Operations and Wood Processing
- Forest genetics and tree breeding, Seeds and nursery practices, Afforestation;
- General silviculture, Agroforestry;
- Forest products, Forest ecosystem services;
- Forest engineering;
- Wood processing;
III. Forest Economics and Management
- Ecological, social and economic aspects of forestry;
- Education of staff and society, Forest extension;
- Decision making and regulation;
- Landscape management, Ecotourism.
From the website:
“Agroforestry, as a practice of integrating woody vegetation with crop and animal systems, benefits agriculture, forestry and related stakeholders with a sustainable land management, with multiple ecological and economic interactions. As such, agroforestry systems can be integrated with a set of practices to produce biological resources and sustainable methods of food, wood, and fiber production and provide a wide range of ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration, water regulation and habitat provision for biodiversity and landscape amelioration. While, at local scale, it can benefit farmers, landowners and nature conservation efforts, at larger scale, it can help the European Union to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable European bioeconomy towards the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as objectives for the Paris Agreement. However, this requires research proposals and results tested with silvoarable and silvopastoral agroforestry systems designed mixed with agricultural and forestry practices to demonstrate their management, production and profitability. Such knowledge should then benefit and reach end-users to facilitate the correct implementation of optimal and beneficial practices within a European bioeconomy development context.”
From the conference site: “The goal of the 9th ICP Forests Scientific Conference 2020 is to highlight the extensive ICP Forests data series on forest growth, phenology, biodiversity, nutritional status of foliage and litter fall, ambient air quality, deposition, meteorology, soil and crown condition. We combine novel modeling approaches and integrate long-term trends to assess air pollution and climate effects on European forests and related ecosystem services. Latest results and conclusions from local scale to European scale studies will be presented and discussed.”
Study tour and forest carbon modeling workshop in the Baltic States
Advancing the dialogue on pathways towards development of sustainable forest landscapes for production of wood for energy and the bioeconomy
– collaboration, data, research, monitoring and governance
Goal: Engage stakeholders and bring them together around the following:
1) Dialogue on which governance structures, collaborations, monitoring and knowledge could be improved in the near term to make progress towards more sustainable management of boreal and temperate forest landscapes, including a range from intensively managed to conservation forests. Focus will be on forests of Northern Europe, with a view to North American forests and their management.
2) Identification of ways to improve collaboration around regional, national and international research programs, data and data sharing for documenting sustainable forest management, informing policy review, revising standards, and developing sustainable domestic and international wood-based supply chains for energy, products and materials.
3) Exploring the opportunities offered by models to quantify carbon and climate benefits from forests, in the context of governance, and identifying gaps requiring further model development moving forward.
Intended audience: Cross-section of forest sector and society involved with and concerned about the governance of sustainable forest bioenergy and bioeconomy feedstock supply chains and data to document sustainable forest management practices, including forest landowners, wood pellet companies, bioenergy producers, wood, wood chip and wood pellet traders, private, state and federal foresters, forest industry, state conservation organizations, public and private providers of relevant spatial data, academia, NGOs, forestry certification system staff, policy makers and the general public.