Speakers

Christian Barthod

Christian Barthod

Christian Barthod is inspector-general of the environment. After field experience in private forests and two jobs in the forest research sector, in 1988 he created the national Forest Health Department, which he managed for seven years. He was deputy director in charge of forestry 1995-2002, and deputy director in charge of protected areas between 2002-2010. He was in charge of international forest negotiations 1988-1995. Since 2008, he is a general inspector. Since 2010 he is a member of the national Environmental Authority, and chair of the regional Environmental Authority for the area around Paris. In 2015 he coordinated a national assessment of the implementation of the French Natura 2000 network.

 

Jürgen Bauhus

Jurgen Bauhus

Jürgen Bauhus is Professor of Silviculture at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University, Germany, since 2003. From 1996-2003 he worked at the Australian National University. His research is on dynamics and management of structure and composition of forests, carbon and nutrient cycles, ecological interactions in mixed-species forests, as well as the adaptation of forests to global change. He published several books and more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. In 2014 he received the IUFRO scientific achievement award.

 

Andreas Baumüller 

Andreas Baumueller

Andreas Baumüller graduated with a diploma in silviculture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences/Vienna. Andreas is head of Natural Resources at the WWF European Policy Office. His team coordinates the WWF EU policy work related to forests, biodiversity, water and agriculture. Andreas acted as NGO coordinator and WWF head of the EU Nature Alert campaign which aimed at preventing an environmental rollback of the EU Birds and Habitats directives. Before joining the WWF European Policy Office, Andreas was heading the WWF regional office of WWF Austria/Tyrol and implemented projects and campaigns related to rivers, wetlands, species and forests.

 

Emma Berglund

Emma Berglund

Emma Berglund is the Secretary General of the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF). Based in Brussels, CEPF is the umbrella organization representing the interests of millions of private forest owners across Europe. Emma joined CEPF in 2015, with previous experience from Södra Forest Owners’ Association, Ecotrust Canada and Stockholm International Water Institute. She has a dual master degree in forestry from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the University of British Columbia. Recently Emma received the “Greve Carl Bernadotte forest prize” from the Swedish King for her ability to explain in Brussels what sustainable forestry is in practice.

 

Humberto Delgado Rosa

Humberto Delgado Rosa

Humberto Delgado Rosa is the Director for Natural Capital, DG Environment, European Commission. Previously he was Director for Mainstreaming Adaptation and Low Carbon Technology, DG Climate Action. He has experience in European and international environmental policy, particularly in biodiversity and climate change issues. He served as Secretary of State for the Environment of the Portuguese Government from March 2005-June 2011. Between 1995-2002 he was an advisor for environmental matters to the Prime-Minister of Portugal. He received his PhD in Evolutionary Biology (1995) and his undergraduate degree in Biology (1983) from the University of Lisbon, where he was assistant professor and researcher.

 

Mark Demesmaeker

Mark Demesmaeker

Mark Demesmaeker is a Flemish politician of the N-VA party, and joined the European Parliament in February 2013. Since 2014 he is head of the N-VA delegation and member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He was rapporteur for the European Parliament’s Biodiversity report adopted in 2016. He also sits as a substitute in the Committee on Transport and Tourism. Prior to this he was Member of the Flemish Parliament from 2004-2013, and deputy-mayor in his home city of Halle from 2006-2012. He also enjoyed a successful television career as a reporter and news anchor.

 

Lauri Hetemäki

Lauri Hetemäki

Lauri Hetemäki is the Assistant Director for Policy Support at the European Forest Institute. He is also Adjunct Professor in Forest Economics and Marketing, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki. His research interest are foresight studies, forest sector outlook studies, and forest products and bioenergy markets. He has extensive experience in coordinating forest sector outlook studies and policy support work. He is an author of over 190 scientific and popular publications.

 

Marku Lamp

Marku Lamp  

Marku Lamp is Deputy Secretary General in the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and is responsible for forestry, nature conservation, hunting and fisheries topics. He has a master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Life Sciences and has worked in the same field since 2002. He was head of the Forestry Department until 2014. Mr Lamp is Head of the National Forestry Council; member of the Council for implementing the Estonian Rural Development Plan 2014–2020 and member of the National Fisheries Council. During the Estonian Presidency period, he is theme-leader for all topics among his responsibilities, including LULUCF, international issues on biodiversity, forestry and fisheries.

 

Rudolf Plochmann

Rudolf Plochmann

Rudolf Plochmann is chief forest officer of the forest district Bad Tölz, Bavarian State Forest. He graduated with a diploma in forestry at the University of Munich. From 1991 - 1998 he joined the Bavarian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Forestry and the Bavarian State Chancellery as an adviser for forestry matters . From 1999-2004 he managed the forest district Ebrach, famous for beech and oak forests, and since 2005 is responsible for Bad Tölz, which is situated in the Bavarian Alps. He has almost 20 years of field experience in the question of how to integrate nature conservation into practical forestry management.

 

Metodi Sotirov

Metodi Sotirov

Metodi Sotirov is Senior Researcher/Assistant Professor at the Chair of Forest and Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany. He is also Faculty Associate with the Governance, Environment and Markets Initiative at Yale University USA. His research investigates socio-psychological, political and institutional mechanisms of policy change, policy integration and policy actors’ behaviour in a system of multi-level governance. The scope includes biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, and integrated natural resource management in Europe. Dr. Sotirov previously worked as Senior Consultant in Forest Policy and Governance at the UNIQUE forestry and use Ltd, and as policy officer at the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

 

Georg Winkel

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Georg Winkel is head of EFI’s Resilience Programme, and Head of Mission for EFI’s Bonn Office. Previously, he was head of EFI’s Forests for Society research programme, and before that worked as a Senior Researcher in the Forest and Environmental Policy Group at the University of Freiburg. Georg holds an MSc degree in Forest Science and PhD and Habilitation in Forest and Environmental Policy. He has extensive background in analysing forest policy in different regions of the world, and large-scale international research experience with a focus on the interrelation of forest and environmental policy.