Upcoming ThinkForest events

ThinkForest forum will organise the seminar 'Opportunities and challenges in meeting renewable energy targets from forest biomass: an EU perspective' on 11 April 2013 at 13.45-16.00 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

As part of the EU 20-20-20 targets, EU Member states are now working towards the renewable energy targets set for each country. All countries submitted action plans indicating how they would reach the targets. Given the large and increasing share of the European territory under forest land, and the continuing accumulation of biomass in these forests over the last decades, forest biomass may play a prominent role in reaching the targets.

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ThinkForest forum will organise together with the project MOTIVE (MOdels of adapTIVE forest management) the seminar 'Climate Change in European Forests: How to Adapt' on 25 April 2013 at 12.30-15.00 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Climate change, how it is going to affect European forests, and how managers should respond remains one of the biggest resource management challenges. In the context of the revised Forestry Strategy it will be crucial to address the need to adapt forest management to the changing climate. Expected climate change impacts include enhanced productivity in parts of the boreal and high elevation mountain regions, but in other regions adverse effects prevail like drought induced mortality, unsuitable site conditions for the native tree species in their current locations, and more severe storm and fire disturbances, pest and disease outbreaks. How to adapt forest management to changes in climate and land use was the central topic of the FP7 funded research project MOTIVE (www.motive-project.net) as well as of the COST Action ECHOES.

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