Risk Session

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. The session will be supported by presentations, poster sessions and group work in order to define, specify and initiate further actions, tools and network building. More information on the poster session is available here.

Programme 26 September 2013, morning session

Chair: Dr. Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, French Institute of Technology for forest based and furniture sectors, France
Economic impacts of risks and damages to European forests ( presentation)
Dr. Jean-Luc Peyron, GIP-ECOFOR, France
Abiotic and biotic risks to European forests - The added value of a ‘European forest risk facility’ an introduction ( presentation)
Mr. Christophe Orazio, EFIATLANTIC, and Mr. Andreas Schuck, EFICENT-OEF
Perspectives from Member Countries and the European Commission
Mr. Ernst Schulte, European Commission, DG Environment ( presentation)
Mr. Matthias Schwoerer, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany
Mr. Jacques Andrieu, Ministry of Agriculture, Agrofood and Forestry, France

Outcomes of the European Forest Risk Facility scoping study ( presentation)
Mr. Guy Landmann, GIP-ECOFOR, France
The role and activity areas of a European Forest Risk Facility ( presentation)
Mr. Alexander Held, EFICENT-OEF
Panel discussion
Coffee break with poster session/presentations implemented as guided tour to posters
Network building, capacity building and knowledge transfer – a case example ( presentation)
Dr. Christoph Hartebrodt, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Modular Sessions on the European Forest Risk Facility (4 modules)
• Research and Information
Moderated by Mr. Guy Landmann, GIP-ECOFOR, France, and Mr. Christophe Orazio, EFIATLANTIC
• Operational Procedures
Moderated by Mr. Marc Castellnou, Catalonia Fire Service, Spain, and Mr. Daniel Kraus, EFICENT-OEF
• Networks, capacity building and knowledge transfer
Moderated by Dr. Christoph Hartebrodt, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Mr. Tamás Marghescu, International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, Hungary

• Economic dimension
Moderated by Dr. Anne Stenger, Laboratory of Forestry Economics (LEF AgroParisTech/INRA), and Prof. Dr. Marc Hanewinkel, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Switzerland
Reporting back from Modular Sessions 
Moderated by Prof. Dr. Michael Köhl, Federal Research Institute of Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute (vTI), Germany
Joint discussion
Concluding remarks
Prof. Konstantin von Teuffel, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Dr. Marc Palahí, EFI
Dr. Jean-Marc Guehl, National Institute for Agricultural Research, France