Fostering forests for the future

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Leading European policy makers and scientists will explore the future of Europe’s forests as European Forest Institute’s Bonn Office officially opens its doors. The inauguration festivities take place on 29 August 2017 in the Kunstmuseum Bonn auditorium.

Why are forests key for the sustainable development of Europe’s environment, economies, and society? How can a future European green infrastructure be envisioned and implemented? Why are forests and the forest sector critical in the fight against climate change? And, in the face of challenges such as forest fires, storms and biological invasions: How can the resilience of forests be improved and their adaption to changes eased? These crucial questions will be discussed in the inauguration event.

Keynote speaker will be Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture. Other speakers include Marc Palahí, Director of the European Forest Institute, Heinrich Bottermann, State Secretary of the Ministry for Environment, Agriculture, Conservation and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as Reinhard Limbach, Mayor of City of Bonn. The keynotes will be followed by discussions and workshops dealing with the importance of Europe’s forests for society, and the biggest current and future challenges and opportunities to develop resilient forests.

At its future location at the Platz der Vereinten Nationen in Bonn, the new EFI Bonn office will complement the “family” of sustainability and environment related international organizations and research institutes in Bonn.

Together with its network of research institutions across Europe, EFI Bonn’s research generates knowledge for decision makers to tackle environmental challenges. Furthermore, the institute will engage proactively at the science-policy-society interface, with a focus on European policies.

View the full programme of the event here.

More information about the event: Gesche Schifferdecker, Communications Manager,