About Us

What is the Integrate Network?

The Integrate Network is an alliance of representatives of different European countries that promotes the integration of nature conservation into sustainable forest management at the policy, practice and research level. Forest management challenges related to nature conservation are rather similar across Europe. The Integrate Network promotes the exchange of successful management practices and experiences amongst its Members. The European Forest Institute (EFI) accompanies the process in its role as facilitator and scientific advisor.


The Integrate Network was initially brought into life in 2016 by the German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, and his Czech colleague, Marian Jurečka (see link on the left for Prague Declaration), and subsequently supported by the European Commission’s Standing Forestry Committee (see link on the left with Terms of Reference).


Andreas Schuck

Andreas Schuck

Senior Researcher

Andreas holds an MSc in Forest Science from Freiburg University, Germany. He has been working on forest biodiversity conservation, forest risks caused by natural disturbances and forest resilience management.

Agata Konczal

Agata Konczal


Agata is a researcher in the Governance Programme at the European Forest Institute. She holds a PhD in environmental anthropology. Agata has been working with the Integrate Network since 2018. She was also responsible for the Bialowieza Science Initiative and research studies on the drivers for the integrated forest management across Europe.

Gesche Schifferdecker

Gesche Schifferdecker

Communications Manager

A political scientist by background, Gesche has worked as a Communication Manager for over 10 years.


The rotating chairmanship provides chair countries with the initiative to take up relevant topics during their chairmanship. A core activity of the network is to invite members to the host country for meetings and visits to the forest. The voluntary approach allows each member country to gear up or down according to relevance and resources thus, creating a dynamic network facing current discussions and actions on forest biodiversity in different corners of Europe.

  • Current Chair

    Switzerland (2020-2021)

  • Future chair

    Spain (2021-2022)

  • Former chairs

    Denmark (2019-2020)

    Poland (2018-2019)

    Czech Republic (2017-2018)

    Germany (2016-2017)