Science-policy in action: the role of European forests
13 October 2015, Brussels

Please note: our Science-policy in Action day is divided into two parts. The morning session is held at the International Press Centre, the afternoon session in the Sonian Forest (15km from Brussels city centre). Transportation will be provided.

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Towards Paris 2015: How can the forest sector contribute?

International Press Centre, 09.00-13.00

Chair: Göran Persson, ThinkForest President, former Prime Minister of Sweden


Registration and coffee


Welcome and introduction
Göran Persson, ThinkForest President, former Prime Minister of Sweden
Lauri Hetemäki, Assistant Director, European Forest Institute


State of international climate policy ( presentation)
Audun Rosland, Director of the Climate Department, Norwegian Environment Agency


Questions and comments


Land use and forest (LULUCF) and the 2030 EU climate and energy framework ( presentation)
Peter Wehrheim, Head of Unit Climate Finance and Deforestation, European Commission


Questions and comments


A new role for EU forests and the forest sector in the climate targets beyond 2020 ( presentation)
Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Professor, Alterra, Wageningen University


Questions and discussion


Technical break


Panel on “Preparing the forest-based sector for COP21”
Moderator: Annalisa Savaresi, Research and Teaching Fellow in Global Environmental Law, University of Edinburgh

Panellists include:
Emma Berglund, Confederation of the European Forest Owners
Sini Eräjää, Birdlife/European Environmental Bureau
Marco Mensink, Confederation of European Paper Industries
Gert-Jan Nabuurs, University of Wageningen
Audun Rosland, Norwegian Environment Agency
Peter Wehrheim, European Commission



Lunch at the International Press Centre


ThinkForest in the forest: biodiversity and forest management

Sonian Forest / Zoniënwoud, 13:00-17:00

Meeting point for the afternoon session in the Sonian Forest: Museum of Forestry (Bosmuseum), Duboislaan 2, 1560 Hoeilaart

Chair: Bo Larsen, Chair of EFI Board (2011-2015), University of Copenhagen


Bus from International Press Centre to Sonian Forest

Welcome and introduction
Bo Larsen, University of Copenhagen


Walking tour in the forest

Presentation on Sonian Forest and its role e.g. in Natura 2000: cooperation between management authorities, urban forestry
Patrick Huvenne and Dirk Raes, Management of the Sonian Forest

Presentation on integrating biodiversity with forest management and demonstration of mobile forest management tool (presentation, part I and part II)
Daniel Kraus, Senior Researcher, European Forest Institute


Questions and discussion

Coffee in a restaurant (near the forest)


Presentation on Natura 2000 ( presentation)
Georg Winkel, Head of Programme ’Forest and Society’, European Forest Institute


Questions and discussion


Closing words
Bo Larsen, University of Copenhagen


Bus departs


Estimated arrival in Brussels, Luxembourg Square