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Time:

24 June - 25 June 2015

 

Venue: 

Brussels, Belgium

 

Conference Structure: 

The first day of the conference was devoted to presentations by keynote speakers as well as case studies from Europe on current forest policies and management approaches. The second day focused on “the way forward” and included discussions on policy recommendations for integrative and future-oriented forest management in Europe.

 

 

 

In a nutshell –

The conference …

 

  • created a vibrant and inspiring atmosphere, fostering collaboration and an exchange of knowledge
  • united diverse fields of expertise and perspectives concerning sustainable forest management from ten different countries of the European Union
  • provided both formal and informal presentation formats (world café and working group discussions)
  • offered a space for keynote presentations and a policy relevant workshop
  • represented non-traditional opportunities for interacting with and learning from conference attendees

Contact

 

For detailed inquiries concerning the conference, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Organisation Team:

 

Ms. Annamaria Riemer

 

info[at]ntegral-project.eu

www.integral-project.eu

INTEGRAL final conference

“SUSTAINABLE AND MULTIFUNCTIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE: ACHIEVEMENTS, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE POLICY OPTIONS”

 

The INTEGRAL final conference, held in Brussels on June 24-25, 2015, has focused on the future-oriented and integrated management of forest landscapes in Europe. During the two day event, over 110 participants from more than 15 countries shared knowledge, experiences and solutions, creating a wide range of networking opportunities and resulting in policy relevant recommendations to support sustainable and multifunctional forest management.

A series of cutting-edge keynote speeches, given by high-level representatives of various Directorates General of the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as lectures from internationally renowned scientists contributed to the success of the conference. Furthermore, interactive sessions enabled a lively discussion on ongoing forest-related political developments and the possibilities of implementing integrative forest policy concepts such as 'sustainable forest management' and 'multifunctional forestry' in forest-related landscapes in Europe.

The world café session MINI EUROPE provided an extensive insight into four years of research on current and future policies and scientifically based findings on socio-economic and ecological drivers and barriers of change in integrated forest land-use in twenty landscapes across ten European countries.

In working group discussions, the conference participants have explored issues concerning integration and balance between forestry and other sectors, including rural development, nature conservation and bioenergy at the European level. The conference outcomes have enriched the INTEGRAL EU Policy Paper.

 

  • Day 1_Welcome address_audience
  • Day 2_WG 2
  • Day 2_WG 8
  • IRL-FR_4


 

EU Policy Paper

 

During the INTEGRAL final conference, valuable feedback and useful comments were given by participants, policy-decision makers, and stakeholders of the INTEGRAL project. These conference outcomes have enriched the INTEGRAL EU Policy Paper published in October 2015. The title of the document is “Forest Policy Integration in Europe: Lessons Learnt, Challenges Ahead, and Strategies to Support Sustainable Forest Management and Multifunctional Forestry in the Future.”

The results of the INTEGRAL researchers show that there is a pressing need for policy and management responses to address and integrate societal demands in a balanced approach for a balanced forest management (both for current and future generations). For that reason, the EU Policy Paper puts its main emphasis on future-oriented and integrated management of forests at the landscape level in Europe. The paper begins by summarizing some of the academic and practical experiences concerning integrative forest policy and management approaches throughout Europe and the INTEGRAL project. It then continues to provide some key messages, suggestions and recommendations for sustainable and multifunctional forest management, with a particular emphasis on integrated forest governance.

The executive summary and fulltext of the document are available to all interested parties on http://integral-project.eu/materials/eu-policy-paper.html

Conference Key Note Speakers

Wednesday,

24/06/2015

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Prof. Jeremy Rayner

Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada

INTEGRAL Scientific advisory board member, Scientific Keynote Speaker

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Presentation title:

“Theories of policy integration and practices of sustainable forest management” 

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Wednesday,

24/06/2015

Mr. Paul Brannen

Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England, full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and a substitute member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

 Presentation title:

“Sustainable forestry in Europe in the context of the new EU forest strategy, rural development policy and green economy”

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Wednesday,

24/06/2015

Ms. Pia Bucella

Director Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission

 Presentation title:

“Chances and challenges of EU’s and member states´ policy and management approaches to integrate EU’s nature conservation policy (Natura 2000/ Habitats & Birds Directives) and forestry”

Wednesday,

24/06/2015

Dr. María Gafo Gómez-Zamalloa

Head of the Forest Sector in the Unit "Environment, Forestry and Climate Change", DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Commission

Presentation title:

"Sustainable and multifunctional forestry in the context of the new EU Rural Development Policy and the EU Forest Strategy"

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Wednesday,
24/06/2015

Mr. Roland Beck

Forest Director, Head of Forest Division

Office for Food, Agriculture and Forestry Ingolstadt (AELF) Germany

Presentation title:

"Chances and challenges of integrative forest management: experiences from Bavaria/Germany"

 

Thursday, 25/06/2015

Dr. Doru-Leonard Irimie

Research Programme Officer

DG Research and Innovation F3: Agri-Food Chain, European Commission 

Presentation title:

The EU’ Bioeconomy Strategy and forestry: overview of Commission’s approach to support sustainable and multifunctional forest sector in Europe

Background to the Conference

Forests cover more than one third of the total land area of the European Union. They represent a key natural resource, which has been managed for decades to meet growing societal demands for diverse forest ecosystem goods and services including biodiversity conservation, forest recreation and wood production for material and energy use. Today there is a broad perception that the demands for forest ecosystem goods and services will increase in the future. At the same time, European forestry has been faced with challenges from different policies and societal claims that are uncoordinated and often conflict with each other. Challenges and opportunities to address and manage competing forest land-uses are especially prominent at the landscape level where European and national policies and socio-economic frameworks come into contact with the behaviourof a diversity of forest owners, managers, recreationists, farmers, environmentalists and others.

 

The FP-7 funded large-scale collaborative research project INTEGRAL has dealt with these topics within twenty case studies in ten European countries and comparative cross-case syntheses. The main goal of the project was to contribute to a better understanding of forest land-use trade-offs in Europe and to explore pathways for the governance of integrated forest management at the landscape level.

 

Participants of the INTEGRAL final conference

 

During the INTEGRAL final conference, over 110 participants from more than 15 countries, who are involved at all levels of forest related policy-making, practical management of forests, and socio-economic and ecological research on sustainable forest management, shared knowledge, experiences and solutions.

A series of cutting-edge keynote speeches, given by high-level representatives of various Directorates General of the European Commission and the European Parliament as well as lectures from internationally renowned scientists contributed to the success of the conference.

 

Participants included:

  • High-level speakers and experts from different EU and national institutions
  • Representatives of private and public forest owners
  • Representatives of forest industries
  • Environmental NGOs
  • Social and natural scientists from 13 European countries
  • Members of the media

Conference Interactive Sessions

Interactive sessions

 

Different interactive sessions enabled access to new insights based on the research results of the INTEGRAL project and practitioners’ knowledge, and enabled a lively discussion over ongoing forest-related political developments and the possibilities of implementing integrative forest policy concepts.

 

World Café “Mini Europe”

 

During the first day of the INTEGRAL Final Conference, a World Café was organised …

 

to present examples of current and future synergies and trade-offs of forest ecosystem goods and services around Europe,

to discuss recommendations to address forest land use issues through policy instruments and forest management approaches in twenty forested landscapes across ten European countries.

 

The World Café “Mini Europe” offered the participants of the INTEGRAL final conference the opportunity to discuss the project’s trans-disciplinary findings with natural and social scientists from the following countries: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden. Based on personal interest, participants were invited to select six countries (booths have been set up with two countries each) and attend three interactive sessions in 30-minute segments.

The results of intensive INTEGRAL research in twenty landscapes across ten European countries were presented by way of posters and were explained and discussed by the respective case study researchers in personal discussions with conference participants.

  

Posters INTEGRAL landscape case study areas:

 

Working group discussion

 

During the second day of the INTEGRAL final conference, a workshop was organised consisting of eight parallel working groups. Different European policy initiatives were discussed in light of INTEGRAL research results, related to the challenges of integrating forestry with other sectors, including rural development, nature conservation, climate change, bioenergy, legality verification and forest governance. In each working group, experts on site introduced relevant EU policy initiatives and their backgrounds.

The conference participants explored  issues of integration and balance between forestry and other policy sectors (see below). The two biggest working groups were those concerned with EU bioenergy policy and forest ecosystem services, each with about 20 participants.

 

Working groups topics:

  • EU rural development policy and forestry
  • EU bio-economy strategy and forestry
  • EU nature conservation policy (Natura 2000) and forestry
  • Protection of water and soils (EU Water Framework Directive) and forestry
  • Forest ecosystem services and the EU approach to compensate for their provision
  • EU bioenergy policy and forestry
  • EU climate policy (EU strategy on adaptation to climate change and LULUCF initiative) and forestry
  • Forestry governance and implementation of the EU Timber Regulation
  • Additional topics based on suggestions of participants