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

Program and registration: here

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.

Objective

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.

Call for papers is now open

The conference invites contributions (conference papers or posters) on the following major questions:

  • How are trade-offs and synergies between different forest ecosystem services perceived, governed and managed across Europe and beyond?
  • What concepts exist for integrated forest management, what drives them (policy/market/environmental change/social demands), including their implementation, and what are their prospects for the future?
  • What do we know about the impact of such management concepts for ecological structures and interactions in forests, and how are these linked to specific “outcomes” (biodiversity, ecosystem services)?

Submit your abstract here

The conference is organized by INFORMAR and POLYFORES, with support from ConFoBiOforest, Swiss Forest Lab, Sincere ,ForBioeconomy and NFZforestnet.

Several international organizations 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 Reaserch Organizations