Climate Change in European Forests - How to Adapt

25 April 2013

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ThinkForest forum organised 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 ( as well as of the COST Action ECHOES.

The objectives of the event:

(i) present and discuss key findings on knowledge about impacts of climate change in European forests as well as options for adaption through forest management.

(ii) share insights and policy recommendations on this important topic in the context of the revision of the EU Forest Strategy

(iii) discuss needs, tools and approaches for improving the science-policy-practice dialogue to better respond to the climate change challenge in European forestry.

The programme of the event is available here. The event was organised in collaboration with the European Parliament Intergroup on " Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development".

Further information:

  • News item about the event can be found here.
  • News item about the EFI Policy Brief 9 "Climate Change in European Forests: How to Adapt" can be found here.

Dr. Marcus Lindner, MOTIVE project,
Dr. Marc Palahí, ThinkForest Coordinator,


How climate change will affect forests in Europe – what we know and what remains uncertain
Mr. Marcus Lindner, EFI

Options for adaptive forest management in European forests
Mr. Marc Hanewinkel, Swiss Federal Institute Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WS

How to provide decision support to practitioners and policy makers
Mr. Manfred Lexer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Practitioner’s view : Effects of climate change can already be seen
Mr. Xavier Buqueras, MOTIVE case study of Catalonia, Spain

Practitioner’s view: What effects climate change will bring to our region
Mr. Hasse Bengtsson, MOTIVE case study of Kronoberg, Sweden

Bringing science to practice: the French experience
Mr. Olivier Picard, RMT AFORCE

Policy Recommendations to promote adaptive forest management and the mitigation potential of European forests