FOREST EUROPE
High-Level Talks

30 August 2022

Sustainable Forest Management:
Unlocking forest biodiversity’s potential

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About FOREST EUROPE

FOREST EUROPE (former Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forest in Europe) develops common strategies for its 46 signatories on how to protect and sustainably manage their forests. 

At the High-Level Policy Dialogue on 30 August 2022, FOREST EUROPE offers an inclusive dialogue among interested actors to exchange on the latest scientific findings, best practices, (e.g. region-specific approaches), and specific national policies to strengthen the development and implementation of future policies and practices.

This dialogue brings together ministers, high-level policy makers, environmental organizations, forest managers, researchers, youth and landowners to provide a space for knowledge exchange and promote synergies in the pan-European region and beyond. To set the scene for these lively discussions, renowned researchers present the short science-policy report “Forest biodiversity in the pan-European region”. 

Forest ecosystems cover 35% of Europe’s total land area (FOREST EUROPE, 2020). In pan-European countries, forests are becoming steadily more diverse in species composition, having almost all forests composed of a variety of native tree species. Nevertheless, forest biodiversity is under pressure in some regions due to climate change, landscape fragmentation, atmospheric deposition, and unsustainable forest management practices. 

The High Level Policy Dialogue will discuss to what extent Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) can maintain and eventually enhance forest biological diversity, and ensure the balance with other forest ecosystem services.

Agenda

August 30, 2022

12:00 – 13:00

Welcome coffee

13:00 – 13:10

Welcome speech

by the German Minister Cem Özdemir

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Minister Cem Özdemir
Minister Cem Özdemir

13:10 – 13:20

Agenda introduction

13:20 – 13:30

Science policy report presentation

(TBD)
This section will provide the scientific basis for the following discussion.

13:30 – 14:40

First panel

SFM maintains forest biodiversity, ensuring a balance between forest ecosystem services. What are common achievements of SFM related to the maintenance of biodiversity?

Ministers, forest owners and managers representative, and youth representative will join an open discussion on the topic above.

An online Q&A session will follow.

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Speakers
Minister Cem Özdemir
Minister Cem Özdemir
Minister Zdeněk Nekula
Minister Zdeněk Nekula
Minister Anna-Caren Sätherberg
Eckart Senitza
Eckart Senitza
Erica Di Girolami
Jo O’Hara, Director FutureArk Ltd
Jo O’Hara

14:40 – 14:50

Coffee break

14:50 – 15:40

Emerging issue

(topic to be announced)

15:40 – 15:50

Coffee break

15:50 – 16:45

Second panel

What is needed in the future to further enhance forest biodiversity and guarantee forests’ multi-functionality? Practical examples will be presented showing challenges, gaps, and tradeoffs from different pan-European regions. 

High-level policymakers, senior researchers, forest owner and manager organizations, and high-level representatives from environmental organizations will join an open discussion on the topic above.

An online Q&A session will follow.

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Speakers
Bart Muys
Bart Muys
Fanny-Pomme Langue
Fanny-Pomme Langue
Kelsey Perlman
Jo O’Hara, Director FutureArk Ltd
Jo O’Hara

16:45 – 16:55

Conclusion and take-home messages

by Thomas Haußmann, Head of Forest Europe Liaison Unit Bonn

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Thomas Haußmann
Thomas Haußmann

16:55 – 17:00

Closing statements

Matthias Schwoerer on behalf of the FOREST EUROPE lead country (Germany)

Matthias Schwoerer
Matthias Schwoerer

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Welcome speech
Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir
First panel
Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir

Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem ÖzdemirCem Özdemir is originally from Bad Urach in Baden-Württemberg. He served as Chair of BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN (the German Green Party) from 2008 until 2018. Between 1994 and 2002 and again since 2013, he has been a member of the German Bundestag. Until 2021, he was also Chair of the Bundestag Committee on Transport and Digital Infrastructure. From 2004 to 2009, he was a member of the European Parliament. In the federal elections of 2021, he became the first Green Party politician in the constituency of Stuttgart to be elected directly.
Cem Özdemir is a qualified “Diplom-Sozialpädagoge” (Master of Arts in Social Pedagogy) and since December 2021 was appointed as new Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.

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Minister of Agiculture Zdeněk Nekula
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Minister Anna-Caren Sätherberg

Anna-Carin Sätherberg is Sweden’s Minister for Rural Affairs as of November 2021. Her responsibilities include rural development, food, and land- and water-based industries, including forestry. She has been Member of Parliament since 2014. During her time in Parliament, she has served as Deputy Chair of the Committee on Industry and Trade, as Member and Third Deputy Chair of the Committee on Transport and Communications, as Member of the Rural Development Committee and as Member of the War Delegation. Originally from Östersund, Anna-Carin Sätherberg has a long experience of local and regional politics. She represents the Social Democrats and has, among other things, served as Deputy Chair of Jämtland County Regional Federation and Deputy Chair of the Municipal Executive Board in Åre.

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Eckart Senitza
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Erica Di Girolami
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Jo O’Hara
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Bart Muys

Bart MuysBart Muys is a professor of forest ecology and management at KU Leuven. His research focuses on the ecosystem function of tree diversity, forest restoration ecology and the evaluation of sustainability in forests and bioenergy systems. He has led several forest restoration projects in Ethiopia and participated in numerous projects worldwide on the role of forests for water, carbon and biodiversity.

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Fanny-Pomme Langue
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Kelsey Perlman

Kelsey Perlman is a forest and climate campaigner at Fern and has worked on EU and international climate policy for the past 6 years with experience in various political institutions including ICAO, UNFCCC and the EU. Her current focus is on forest and climate policies in the EU where she follows discussions on negative emissions, sustainable forest management and policies such as the EU Forest Strategy and the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation.

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Jo O’Hara
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Conclusion and take-home messages
Thomas Haußmann
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Closing statements
Matthias Schwoerer

Matthias Schwoerer is the head of the European and International Department Forest policy in the current BMEL (Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture) in Germany. He studied forestry in Freiburg and Vancouver, Canada. After a legal clerkship, since 1988, he is an employee of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Department, with the focus on forest policy, national forest program, tropical forest policy, combating illegal logging, international treaties, and international cooperation in the area of sustainable forest management. He is the German representative in numerous European and international forestry committees.

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