What is in it for forests and forestry in times of COVID and Greta?
The seminar is organised by the European Network Integrate, facilitated by EFI, which promotes the integration of nature conservation into sustainable forest management at the policy, practice and research level. The network currently comprises 19 European member states and involves about 50 representatives of policy and research related to forests and environment as well as the European Commission.
The seminar will revolve around the discussion of the implications of the European Green Deal, which aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society without net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050 and without dependence on the use of fossil resources.
In this line, he will focus on issues linking forests and forestry, and the impact of the Green Deal on the various ecosystem services and goods provided by forests: from forest biomass to biological diversity and climate change mitigation. During the session, two keynote speakers Mr. Andrew Doyle, Former Irish Minister of State for Food, Forestry and the Marine, and Mr. Humberto Delgado, Director for Natural Capital in the Directorate General for Environment at the European Commission, will seek to address the following issues:
- What approach should Europe take/implement on forests in the Green Deal?
- How to deal with key issues such as climate change, biodiversity, bioeconomy and societal expectations, and trade-offs between these issues when it comes to integrated forest management?
- What is the impact of COVID-19 on the Green Deal in relation to forests? What needs to be done?
- What is the role of integrated forest management approaches that aim to integrate forest use and conservation in European policy?