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EFI 20 Years Science and Policy Forum: Our forests in the 21st century – ready for risks and opportunities?

The European Forest Institute (EFI) hosts the EU FLEGT Facility. EFI is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013. During these two decades, the institute has evolved in many respects and has led to major achievements. The commemoration is also an opportunity to develop an analysis of the future of our forests, and on how EFI and its partners can contribute to meet the challenges related to the various changes, risks and uncertainties to which the forests will be exposed.

The EFI 20 Years Science and Policy Forum will be held in Nancy, France, on 23-27 September 2013.

The forum will provoke discussion on a few important and concrete issues among policy amd decision makers, stakeholders and scientists.

There will be a session on FLEGT and REDD+, ‘Shaping forest policy: Global initiatives and the European arena', with presentations about the forest governance research agenda that include: science contribution towards achieving the EU FLEGT Action Plan, FLEGT's influence on markets, trade and economic development, Voluntary Partnership Agreements and forest governance. 

The three main sessions of the forum are the following:

The first session mainly relates to policy aspects. The goal is to set the scene by providing broad views from the angle of science, international policy, and from various high-level forums and EU bodies on the strategies and policies to be implemented for counteracting risks and creating opportunities.

The second session will present the views of some practitioners and stakeholders in forestry. It is intended to illustrate a few on the ground cases. 

The third session on what science can tell us will illustrate through some examples (on fire, windstorm and economics) how and to what conditions, scientific expertise, which has been acquired trough research, can contribute to support and found better policies and strategies, related to risk and uncertainty management.

A general discussion involving an expert panel and the whole audience will generate ideas for new instruments facilitating efficient knowledge uptake by decision makers. This is seen as a transition to the session to be held on the next day in relation to the development of a European facility on forest-related risks.

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A tentative programme can be found here.

Registration closes on 9 September, so register today.

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