Impact of Climate Change on Forests – CLIMAFORCEELIFE Opening Conference

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In the framework of the 10th EUSDR Annual Forum, the Slovak EUSDR Presidency together with the World Wide Fund for Nature invite you to explore and discuss the impact of climate change on forests, how forests adapt to climate change, how this affects the forestry business and how EU policies tackle the issue of climate change in forests.

Join the event online on 26 October at 10:00 CEST to gain insight into this wide-ranging topic from multiple perspectives: nature protection, research and development, business & project implementation (see project CLIMAFORCEELIFE) as well as policy making and don’t miss out on practical examples of good forestry practices in the Central Eastern Europe region.

9:45 -10:00 Virtual Check-in
10:00-10:05 Welcome of guests and introduction of agenda Moderator: Viliam Pichler, Professor at the Faculty of Forestry,
Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia

Block 1: Climate change impacts on forests based on data and research

10:05-10:20 Forest health in a changing climate György Csóka, Scientific Advisor, University of Sopron, Forest Research Institute, Department of Forest Protection
10:20-10:35 Adaptation of forests to climate change: what solutions do we have? Jiří Remeš, Associate Professor at Department of Silviculture, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
10:35-10:50 Climate change impacts on forests: from a forester’s point of view Matej Schwarz, National Forest Centre, Slovakia
10:50-11:25 Panel discussion

Block 2: Strategies and policies on EU, national, businness and project level

11:35-11:37 Introduction
11:37-11:55 EU level: What is EU doing to combat climate change in the forestry sector? EU Strategy and action plans Ladislav Miko, Head of EC Representation in Slovakia
11:55-12:10 National level: Forests and climate change in the context of national policies of Slovakia Boris Greguška, Chief State Counsellor,
Section of Forestry and Wood Processing, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic
12:10-12:25 Company level: Forests and influence of climate change on businesses in a private sector Inga Grockiene, IKEA Sustainability Manager Category Area Wood
12:25-12:40 Project level: CLIMAFORCEELIFE project presentation Milan Janák, Conservation Director, WWF Slovakia
12:40-13:00 Panel discussion

Official Opening of the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

Block 3: Showcase of good practices in CEE region

14:00-14:02 Introduction
14:02-14:20 Application of soft silvicultural methods when regenerating pine forest stands Lukáš Bílek, Associate Professor at Department of Forest Management, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
14:20-14:35 Modeling the future ecological niches of the main tree species in Southwestern Bulgaria and potential silvicultural measures for forest adaptation Momchil Panayotov, Associate Professor at University of Forestry in Sofia
14:35-14:50 Close-to-nature forest management as a tool for strengthening forest resilience in an era of climate change Rudolf Bruchánik, Lead Silvi-Cultural Expert,
Pro Silva Slovakia
14:50-15:00 Coffee break
15:00-15:15 Example of good practice in Romania Radu Melu, National Forest Coordinator, WWF Romania
15:15-15:30 Application of Natural Water Retention Measures in Forests Mátyás Farkas, Climate Adaptation Officer, WWF Hungary
15:30-15:50 Panel discussion
15:50-16:00 Wrap-up and closing words


Oct 26 2021


10:00 - 16:00


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