Conference presentations

The main purpose of the conference was to promote the value of old growth forest, and provide recommendations for a coordinated European strategy to protect it.

This strategy is currently being developed, using inputs from the conference and the four year consultation period which preceded it.

It will be available for circulation shortly.

 

Day 1

SESSION 1

Setting the scene

Session Chair – Toby Aykroyd, Wild Europe

Welcome from our hosts, the Committee of the Regions

Welcome from the Director General of DG Environment EC
Daniel Calleja – by video (he was in Beijing)

Old growth forest – An EC perspective on Europe’s precious natural heritage
Humberto Delgado-Rosa, Head of Natural Capital, European Commission
Text to follow

Old growth forest protection, a united European endeavour for global benefit
Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, Head of Unit, Europe & North America, UNESCO World Heritage Centre

 

SESSION 2

The current situation with old growth forest

Session Chair – Eladio Fernandez-Galliano, Head of Biodiversity and Heritage, Council of Europe

Old growth forest – towards a definition
[A definition structure is currently being developed, incorporating all key approaches into a single format]
Ana Marin, Malaga University
Presentation to follow

Where is it located – how much is left, mapping for protection (PDF)
Francesco Sabatini, Humboldt University, Berlin

An interactive mapping platform (PDF)
Steffen Fritz, International Institute for Applied Statistical Analysis (IIASA) Vienna

Levels of protection (policy and legal): filling the gaps
Catherine Weller, Senior Lawyer, ClientEarth
Presentation to follow

SESSION 3

The values of old growth forest

Session Chair – Luc Bas, Director IUCN Regional Office for Europe

Natural Capital explained (PDF)

The ecological value of old growth forests (PDF)
Daniel Vallauri, WWF France

Old growth forests and climate change – the PES agenda (PDF)
Steve Prior, Director Forest Carbon

The non-extractive socio-economic value (PDF)
Neil Birnie, Managing Director, Conservation Capital

SESSION 4

Threats to old growth forest

Session Chair – Erika Stanciu, Chair ProParks Foundation
Former Secretary of State for Forests, Ministry of Environment, Romania

Threats to old growth forest (PDF)
Hanna Aho, FERN

People power to protect Europe’s last old growth forests [Illegal logging] (PDF)
David Gehl, Environmental Investigation Agency

Bio energy
Sini Erääjä, Birdlife International
Presentation to be supplied

 

SESSION 5-6

Workshops to develop key elements of the Protection Strategy

Session Chair – Zoltan Kun, Wild Europe

Outputs from the workshops are being incorporated into the Old Growth Forest Protection Strategy, which is currently being developed and will be circulated shortly.

Please send any requests regarding individual workshops to Toby Aykroyd: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Policy and legislation: what’s needed
Coordinators: Catherine Weller, Senior Lawyer,
ClientEarth / Kees Bastmeijer, University of Tilburg

Devising an Early Warning System, with interactive map
Coordinators: Bernhard Kohler, WWF Austria/Steffen Fritz, IIASA

Management: best practice & training for protection
Coordinator: Erika Stanciu, Chair ProParks Foundation, Former Secretary of State for Forests, Ministry of Environment, Romania

Funding sources
Coordinator: Ben Delbaere, Delbaere Consultancy

Addressing illegal logging
Coordinator: David Gehl, Environmental Investigation Agency

 

Wrap Up – developing the Strategy

Ladislav Miko, Chairman Wild Europe,
Former Director, Natural Environment (DGE) European Commission
Text available on request

EVENING EVENT

Visions for ancient forest in Europe

Ladislav Miko, Chairman Wild Europe
Former Director of Natural Environment, European Commission

Christoph Promberger, Director Fundatia Conservation Carpathia

A presentation on the remarkable Conservation Carpathia Foundation (Romania) initiative, now becoming Europe’s largest non-state funded purchase and protection programme for old growth forests and their unique wildlife; how this benefits local communities and landholders. With award winning ancient forest films.

Old growth forest in the Carpathians (PDF)

CCF, a conservation initiative in the Romanian Carpathians (PDF)

Reception and seated dinner in the Dinosaur Gallery at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

 

DAY 2

SESSION 1

The Importance of partnerships – presentation and panel discussion

Session Chair - Jürgen Tack, Science Director, European Landowners Organisation

Bulgarian forests (PDF)
In 2016 the Bulgarian government extended protection to 108,000 hectares of old growth forest
Nikolay Vassilev, Director, Bulgarian Executive Forest Agency

Incentives for landholder protection (PDF)
Matt McLuckie, Conservation Capital

A perspective from forest research (PDF)
Theresa Frei, European Forest Institute

Corporate responsibility (PDF)
Katarina Schabasser CCA Administrator, JAF International Corporation

 

SESSIONS 2-3

Workshops to develop key elements of the Protection Strategy

Session Chair – Anne-Marie Bastrup-Birk, European Environment Agency (EEA)

Outputs from the workshops are being incorporated into the Old Growth Forest Protection Strategy, which is currently being developed and will be circulated shortly.

Please send any requests regarding individual workshops to Toby Aykroyd: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Incentivising the private sector in practice
Coordinator: Matt McLuckie, Conservation Capital

Ecosystem services and bio-energy
Coordinators: Steve Prior, Forest Carbon

Mapping and research requirements
Coordinators: Francesco Sabatini, Humboldt
University, Berlin / Bart Steen, Joint Research Centre, EC

New approaches to long-term protection
Coordinator: Toby Aykroyd, Wild Europe
(In lieu of Andras Krolopp, The Nature Conservancy)

Communication and representation
Coordinator: Matthias Schickhofer, Founder Supporting Change Consultancy

 

SESSION 4

Global conservation perspective

A new initiative, and why old growth forest protection strategy in Europe will have wider impact (PDF)
Virginia Young, Steering Committee, IntAct Primary Forest Network (Global)

 

SESSION 5

Highlighting initiatives in the field – case studies with panel discussion

Session Chair - Bernhard Kohler, WWF Austria

Protecting primeval forests in Romania (PDF)
Erika Stanciu, Chair ProParks Foundation, Former Secretary of State for Forests, Environment Ministry, Romania
Presented by Matthias Schickhofer, Founder Supporting Change Consultancy

Ukrainian Carpathians, protecting Europe’s last wilderness areas (PDF)
Michael Brombacher, Director Europe Frankfurt Zoological Society

Old growth forests in Belarus (PDF)
Viktar Fenchuk, APB-BirdLife Belarus
Presentation to be supplied

Spanish old growth forest initiatives (PDF)
Oscar Schwendtner, Genea Consultores Consultancy

Advancing the European Beech Forest Network (PDF)
Marcus Waldherr, Coordinator European Beech Forest Network

Setting aside forest as wilderness – a vision from Ireland (PDF)
Bill Murphy, former Head of Environment & Recreation, Coillte Irish Forestry Agency

 

SESSION 6

Presentation and discussion of the emerging Protection Strategy

Toby Aykroyd and Zoltan Kun

Protection strategy, elements for implementation (PDF)

This Strategy is currently being developed, using inputs from the conference and the four year consultation period which preceded it. It will be available for circulation shortly.