Final Conference

Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe

Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe

Dates: February 26-28, 2020

Venue: Research Centre CAESAR, Bonn, Germany


Guideline for oral and poster presentations

About the conference

Forests are among the planet’s most important human life-supporting ecosystems. A variety of forest management concepts, such as sustainable forest management, ecosystem-based management, close-to-nature-forestry or multifunctional forestry have been developed to accommodate distinct social demands in different contexts.

Such forest management approaches are embedded in complex policy contexts, that build on a large variety of policies and initiatives. Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services has for a long time been an important paradigm.

Furthermore, several factors that influence both forest policies and management originate from other sectors, such as agriculture, environment, energy, and rural development. At the same time, major global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss, rising demands for products and services due to global population and economic growth, and urbanisation affect the way how forests are and can be governed and managed.


The conference objective is to compile and synthesise the scientific evidence related to the current state of integrated forest management approaches. This can be understood as approaches where both policy and forest management provide a multitude of services at the same time, either at the forest stand or at the forest landscape level.

The conference brings together academic researchers from different disciplines such as policy analysis, ecology, economics, forest (ecosystem) management and conservation. It also will engage policymakers and practitioners.

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Please find more information on venue, housing and other practicalities here: Practical Information

Program in brief: 

Opening day: Wednesday, February 26th
11:30 – 12:30 Registration (lunch provided)
12:30 - 13:00 Opening plenary

Welcome addresses

13:00 -16:00 Plenary 1: “Tour de planet”

How are forest governed and managed for multiple services across the globe? (Chair: Georg Winkel)

  • Robert Nasi (Director, Center for International Forest Research, CIFOR): Sustainably managing tropical forests: Holy Grail or Fool’s Errand?
  • Natalia Lukina (Professor, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow): Eurasian Boreal Forests: governance and management approaches for multiple services
  • Christian Messier (Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal): Managing forests for multiple services in large public forests of Canada, US and Australia prone to disturbances: the need for a new approach based on complexity
  • Ulrich Schraml (Director, Professor, Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg): Nobody has any intention of building a wall. Integrated forest management in theory and practice
  • Eduardo Rojas Briales (Professor, Polytechnic University of Valencia): Challenges and opportunities for Mediterranean forests
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Parallel oral sessions
  1. oForest: “Tour d’Europe” (Chair: Frank Krumm/Andreas Rigling)
  2. Involving society in managing forests (Chair: Irina Prokofieva)
  3. The role of economics in forest management (Chair: Sven Wunder)
18:00 -19:00 Parallel poster-speed talks: Different perspectives on managing forests (Chair: Marcus Lindner)

P1 The social and political sciences perspectives

P2 The economic perspective

P3 The silvicultural and conservation perspectives

19:00 – 21:00 Networking dinner buffet
Day 2: Thursday, February 27th
9:00 -11:15 Plenary 2:

The drivers & outcomes of forest management approaches for multiple services: exploring distinct research perspectives
(Chair: Camilla Widmark)

Researchers present what specific disciplines/scientific communities can contribute to the conference questions

  • Eeva Primmer (Research Director, Professor, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE): A political science perspective to how forest governance addresses the controversies of preservation, sustainable use and restoration          
  • Jette Bredahl Jacobsen (Professor, Copenhagen University): An economic perspective of drivers & outcomes of forest management approaches for multiple services: exploring different perspectives
  • Klaus Puettman, (Professor, Oregon State University): Putting the horse before the cart – Ecosystem service driven silviculture research
  • Pierre Ibisch, (Professor, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development): Forests and multiple ecosystem services: an ecosystem-based conservation perspective
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Parallel oral sessions
  1. Assessing forest management approaches (Chair: Jürgen Bauhus)
  2. Multiple perspectives on ecosystem services (Chair: Metodi Sotirov)
  3. Ecological structures and functional diversity (Chair: Erwin Dreyer)
13:00 -14:00 Lunch break
14:00 -15:30 Parallel oral sessions
  1. Managing forests in an era of change (Chair: Bart Muys)
  2. Forest policies and their implementation (Chair: Helga Pülzl)
  3. Ecosystem services: Innovation and Learning (Chair: Davide Pettenella)
15:30 – 18:00 Field trip to the Kottenforst (coffee break included)
18:30 – 19:30 Early dinner buffet in CAESAR venue
19:30 – 21:00 (Policy) Panel Discussion:

The future of forests managed for multiple services in Europe – where are we heading towards? (public event)

Day 3: Friday, February 28th

Note: restricted to invited stakeholders, conference committee, and scientists from Polyfores and InForMar project only

8:30 – 9:00 Opening plenary
9:00 – 10:30 Science Policy Workshop (part 1)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Science Policy Workshop (part 2)
12:30 – 13:15 Closing plenary
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch and departure



The conference is organised by INFORMAR and POLYFORES, with support from ConFoBi, Oforest, Swiss Forest Lab, Sincere, ForBioeconomy and NFZforestnet.

Several international organisations are cooperating for the setting up of the event: SLU, University of Freiburg, BOKU, CTFC, NMBU, CEPF, CIFOR, WSL, KU Leuven, University Padova-TESAF, INRA-Nancy International Union of Forest Research Organisations