Risks to European Forests - What added value can a European Forest Risk Facility provide?

European forests have always been exposed to various disturbances which can be of abiotic or biotic nature. When being of more ‘catastrophic’ nature affecting whole landscapes and habitats, they can strongly disrupt targeted forests management goals, have severe conse-quences to wood production and timber markets and may jeopardize the economic base of forest owners. Observations across Europe show that forest disturbance regimes have intensified in the last decades as has vulnerability. This led to the investigation on options for establishing a facilitation platform – ‘a European Forest Risk Facilility’.

This session will present the initiatives towards a European Forest Risk Facilility, linked challenges and opportunities and its context within other ongoing initiatives.

More information about the programme here.

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