INTEGRATE seminar on managing bark beetle impacts on forests

Participants of the Seminar. Photo: Wojciech Medrzak

25-27 June 2018 - Białowieża, Poland


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 and nature conservation The seminar provides the opportunity to look at the contentious issues. The event comprised of a field excursion in Białowieża Forest and a seminar dedicated to an exchange of research findings and practical experiences on bark beetles outbreaks consequences for forests and societies.

This event was organized under the Polish Chairmanship within the European Network INTEGATE that is facilitated by the European Forest Institute.

Download meeting conclusions here

Read activity report here

Photo: Wojciech Medrzak


INTEGRATE seminar on managing bark beetle impacts on forests, Białowieża, 25-27.06.2018

Day 1

14:00     Meeting at the Chopin Airport in Warsaw (optional transfer from Modlin airport)

14:00 – 18:30  Transfer to Białowieski Hotel, Białowieża

18:30 – 19:30  Free time

19:30 – 20:00  Registration

20:00   Welcome dinner

Day 2

7:30 – 9:00      Breakfast

 9:00 – 13:00   Visiting the Białowieża Forest

13:00 – 14:00  Lunch (Białowieski Hotel)

14:00 – 18:00  Seminar

14:00 – 14:05  Welcoming – Mr. Tomasz Zawiła-Niedźwiecki, Chair of the Integrate Network, Deputy Director of the State Forest, Poland

14:05 – 14:10  Welcoming –  Mr. Tomasz Zygmont, Deputy Director of the Department of Forestry, Ministry of the Environment, Poland

14:10 – 14:30  Opening presentation – Mr. Jacek Hilszczański, Forest Research Institute, Poland

14:30 – 14:50  Mr. Tomas Krejzar, Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic - presentation and Mr. Milos Knizek, Forest Protection Service, FGMRI - presentation

14:50 – 15:10  Mr. Ralph Petercord, Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Forstwirtschaft, Germany - presentation

15:10 – 15:30  Mr. Andrej Kunca, National Forest Centre Slovakia - presentation

15:30 – 15:45  Coffee break

15:45 – 16:05  Mr. Matej Schwarz, National Forest Centre Slovakia -  presentation

16:05 – 16:25  Mr. Edijs Laisavniks, Latvian State Forests, Latvia – presentation "Experience of Latvia how to restrain bark beetle damage"

16:25 – 16:45  Mr. Boris Hrasovec, University of Zagreb, Croatia – presentation “Spruce bark beetle population buildup in Croatian Dinarides in the last two decades and their impact on nature conservation areas and surrounding close-to-nature managed forests”

16:45 – 17:05  Mr. Jan Tabor, The State Forest, Poland - presentation

17:05 – 17:20  Coffee break

17:20 – 18:00  Discussion and conclusion

18:00 – 19:00  Free time

19:00   Barbecue dinner

Day 3 

8:30 – 12:00    Visiting Białowieża National Park

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch

13:00 – 18:00  Transfer to Warsaw Chopin Airport / Modlin Airport

Photo: Wojciech Medrzak

For further information please contact
Magdalena Wolicka
e-mail: magdalena.wolicka (at)
Phone: (+48 22) 57 92 345

You can also download the invitation and some additional information here:
INTEGRATE seminar on managing bark beetle impacts on forests