Invitation to the international workshop “Living with storms – Towards resilience and adaptation to forest disturbances”, 26-28 September 2023, Freiburg, Germany
The Eighth Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, held in Bratislava on 14-15 April 2021, committed to the sustainable management of European forests with the aim of supporting their resilience, good health and production, including ensuring the fulfilment of their other functions and contributing to their sustainable Development, with the adopted resolution “Adapting pan-European Forests to Climate Change”. As part of the fulfilment of the objectives of this resolution, three main phases of its practical implementation focused on the creation of a joint action platform “Forest Risk Knowledge Mechanism” were approved.
The adoption of the aforementioned resolution “Adapting pan-European Forests to Climate Change” itself is considered as the first phase of creating this joint action platform to manage the impacts of climate change on forests.
The second phase of activities related to the creation of a joint action platform “Forest Risk Knowledge Mechanism” included the organization of an international workshop “Managing Biotic Threats in Forests – Lessons learned from bark beetle calamities” with the participation of 38 experts from 16 European countries, including EFI and FAO representatives, which took place at the turn of May and June in the Czech Republic, see here or here.
The preparation and organization of the international workshop “Living with storms – Towards resilience and adaptation to forest disturbances”, it can be considered as the third phase of the preparation of the above mentioned joint action platform. The workshop is being prepared in cooperation with the Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg FVA, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, under the auspices of the Forest Europe program. The workshop will take place during September 26-28, 2023 in Freiburg, Germany. The preliminary agenda and program of the workshop, including registration information are here, the invitation is here.
This joint workshop will be aimed to exchange on the actualised experiences with windstorm damages across forests in Europe, the consequences and management strategies. Results will be directly used to develop a policy brief, including recommendations for policy makers. During the workshop, participants will have the chance to become part of a network and establish strong partnerships across pan-Europe to prevent and better control disturbances caused by storm events.
Prepared by Josef Frýdl