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

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Conference Program

Book of abstracts


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.


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” Watch recording

How are forest governed and managed for multiple services across the globe? (Chair: Gesche Schifferdecker and Ewa Hermanowicz) 

  • 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. Forest: “Tour d’Europe” (Chair: Frank Krumm/Andreas Rigling)  -- Side room 1 
  2. Involving society in managing forests (Chair: Irina Prokofieva)  -- Plenary 
  3. The role of economics in forest management (Chair: Sven Wunder) -- Side room 2 
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 

-- Entrance Hall 

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 Watch recording
(Chair: Camilla Widmark) 

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

  • Eva 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 Puettmann, (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) -- Side room 1 
  2. Multiple perspectives on ecosystem services (Chair: Metodi Sotirov) -- Plenary 
  3. Ecological structures and functional diversity (Chair: Erwin Dreyer) --Siide room 2 
13:00 -14:00  Lunch break 
14:00 -15:30  Parallel oral sessions  
  1. Managing forests in an era of change (Chair: Bart Muys) -- Side room 1 
  2. Forest policies and their implementation (Chair: Helga Pülzl) -- Plenary 
  3. Ecosystem services: Innovation and Learning (Chair: Davide Pettenella) -- Side room 2 
15:30 – 18:00  Field trip to the Kottenforst (coffee break included) 
18:30 – 19:30  Early dinner buffet in CAESAR venue 
19:30 – 21:15  Panel Discussion (public event): 

The future of forests managed for multiple services in Europe – where are we heading towards and what can we expect from the “European Green Deal”? (Chair: Georg Winkel)  Watch recording


Eva Müller (BMEL) 

Luc Bas (IUCN European Regional Office) 

Bernhard Budil (Austrian “Land- und Forstbetriebe”) 

Mads Jensen (Danish Nature Agency/Integrate Network Chair) 

Humberto Delgado-Rosa (DG Environment) 

Scientific interventions by:  

Gert-Jan Nabuurs (Wageningen University & Research) on climate change 

Jørgen Bo Larsen (University of Copenhagen) on forest biodiversity  

Day 3: Friday, February 28th  

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

8:30 – 8:45   Opening plenary 
8:45 – 9:45  Scientific interventions 
9:45 – 10:00  Presentation of the “key findings” 
10:00 – 10:30  Coffee Break 
10:30 – 11:45  Parallel science policy workshop 
11:45 – 12:00  Short break 
12:00 – 13:00  Presentation of findings from science policy workshop  
13:00 – 13:15  Closure 
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 IUFRO and Wald und Holz NRW