European Forest Governance - Issues at Stake and the Way Forward

9 January 2013

ThinkForest speakers, 9 January 2013

The ThinkForest Seminar on European Forest Governance - Issues at Stake and the Way Forward was held on 9 January 2013 at 13:00-15:30 in the European Parliament, Brussels. The Seminar took place in the meeting room P7C050, and  interpretation to French and English was available.

Forest governance beyond the national has become increasingly European over the years: a complex web of legal and non-legal instruments and a number of forest relevant coordinating bodies and structures for decision-making have evolved in the EU. The high number of European political resolutions and international instruments that have been signed and ratified by the European Union and ministers in charge of forests add further complexity. This situation does thus also create challenging situations of compliance as European
policy goals are not coherently developed and may sometimes be highly conflicting. New and innovative ideas on how this complex situation can be dealt with and mediated have thus to be looked at in order to strengthen both forest policy-making and implementation processes in the EU and Pan-European level.

The strategic objectives of the event were three-fold:

  1. To present and discuss the European architecture of forest-related policies and mechanisms.

  2. To present and discuss the legal, policy and political challenges for forest policy-making in the EU and Pan-Europe.

  3. To present and discuss potentially innovative approaches to forest policy in the EU and at the Pan-European level.

Panelists from the policy-making and the scientific worlds as well as the general audience were involved in a fruitful cross-boundary exchange and dialogue between science and policy.

The seminar was organised in collaboration with the European Parliament Intergroup " Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development".

Further information

Contact: Dr. Marc Palahí, marc.palahi @
Dr. Helga Puelzl, helga.puelzl @
Ms. Ulla Vänttinen, ulla.vanttinen @

Photo by F. Radermecker