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June 2017

What do you get when you put together forest policy experts from 16 different European countries and the European Commission with scientists and forest practitioners? Lively and insightful discussions, determination to find new solutions and, of course, outings in the forest. The kick-off meeting of the European network “Integrate” took place in Bonn, Germany, on 26-27 June. Hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany (BMEL), the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic, and facilitated by EFI’s Bonn…

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March 2018

More than 40 representatives of ministries, state forests and private forest owners from 10 different countries joined in the Czech Republic in spring 2018. The discussed the future of integrated forest management in Europe and its challenges and opportunities, mainly from of policy viewpoint. The activity report can be found here. Agenda The Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic together with the Forest Management Institute and the The State Enterprise - Forests of the Czech Republic (Lesy České republiky, s.p.)…

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June 2018

The Ministry of the Environment of Poland in cooperation with the State Forests invited the participants of the European Network Integrate for a seminar on managing bark beetle impacts on forests in Białowieża, Poland. A report was published on the Resilience Blog here. Seminar scope The European spruce bark beetle extensively influences forest ecosystems and may cause disruption and economic loss in the forests. The consequence of gradations are heated discussions and disputes about the ways of managing the beetles, involving both foresters…

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April 2019

Cooperation network to set the course after calamities

15 April, 2019 @ 08:00 - 17 April, 2019 @ 17:00

The fourth meeting of the European Network Integrate took place in Toruń, Poland, between 15 and 17 April under the Polish chairmanship. The meeting is organized by the Polish Ministry of Environment, Department of Forestry in cooperation with the State Forests. Participation was open for experts (policymakers, advisors, experts, scientists) with an interest in, and focus on integrated forest management/the integration of nature protection into forest management. Agenda Presentations General update on INFORMAR Białowieża Science Initiative Evaluation of the network's future Presentations by network members…

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October 2019

This is the first of two meetings organised by Denmark as Chair of the European Network Integrate. The first one (29-31 October 2019) main topic was Integration of nature conservation measures: scale, connectivity, interaction and their effects on biodiversity. The venue was the Rold Forest near Rebild south of Aalborg. Related documents General information on Danish Chairmanship events Program of 5th meeting of the European Network Integrate This was an excellent opportunity to learn from their example and compare the different pros and…

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June 2020

The European Green deals sets out to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050 and where economic growth is decoupled from resource use. It also aims to protect, conserve and enhance the EU's natural capital. Regarding forests and forestry, this may have a broad spectrum of implications connected to the various ecosystem services and goods forests provide, from forest biomass…

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September 2020

The challenges of setting aside forests for conservation, the importance of data on species and their ecology in the selection of sites and the issue of forest restoration and tools to stimulate old growth elements and diversification of even aged forest stands. Click here to change this text

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November 2020

How to balance forestry and biodiversity?

10 November, 2020 @ 08:00 - 17:00
Basel, Basel, Switzerland

In light of the upcoming publication of the book Production, conservation and other forest functions - how to balance forest management across Europe, the Swiss Federal Office of Environment (BAFU), the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the cantonal "Amt für Wald beider Basel, EFI and WSL are organising a conference to discuss these challenges. The book includes a large number of case study examples on integrative forest management approaches. Click here to change this text

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March 2021

The best approach of how to advance forest biodiversity conservation in Europe is currently at the center of the EU forest policy debate, also in relation to the new EU Forest Strategy. This Integrate webinar investigates  the role integrated forest management approaches are playing, and can play, in achieving European biodiversity conservation objectives in the interplay with other forest-related policy objectives.   The webinar brings together forest policy experts from the French, German, Italian and Swiss government to compare country perspectives and lessons learnt. We will focus on the following questions:  What are the strongest arguments for an integrated…

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May 2021

How should we best manage our forests? This is the guiding question behind the virtual communication workshop series the secretariat of the European Integrate Network is initiating. Being aware that there is no single answer to this question, in our first training on “Building a Narrative”, we would like to engage with you to develop narratives for your proposed solutions and effectively communicate with those who might have different perspectives. The workshop will provide the opportunities for exchanging perspectives and…

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