Bonn hosted a discussion on governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe
European forests are not only trees, but entire ecosystems producing at least 15 different ecosystem services. Already today, they meet many and various expectations, beneficial to our environment, economy and social life, thanks to the fact that they have been sustainably managed by their owners. European forest owners believe that a holistic approach, based on sustainable forest management principles, is needed to ensure that all ecosystem services can be delivered.

Current state of “integrated” forest management approaches and their advancement were discussed in a conference organised by projects INFORMAR and POLYFORES on 26-28 February 2020 in Bonn, Germany. CEPF attended the event and was pleased to learn about the latest scientific evidence at levels of policy, forest planning and (ecosystem) management, ecology and conservation and economics.

The conference, that brought together academic researchers, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders, aimed to answer questions, such as: how are trade-offs and synergies between different forest ecosystem services perceived, governed and managed across Europe and beyond, what concepts for “integrated forest management” exist, what drives them, including implementation in practice, and what are their prospects for the future and what do we know about how such management concepts influence the ecological structures and interactions in forests, and how these are linked to specific “outcomes” (biodiversity, ecosystem services).

The programme included, among others, a panel discussion on the future of forests managed for multiple services in Europe. Answering questions on where are we heading towards and what can we expect from the European Green Deal were Eva Müller of BMEL, Luc Bas of IUCN European Regional Office, Mads Jensen of Danish Nature Agency/Integrate Network Chair, Humberto Delgado-Rosa of DG Environment and Bernhard Budil of Austrian “Land- und Forstbetriebe” (CEPF member), who highlighted the role of forest owners in delivering the ecosystem services. Scientific interventions were given by Gert-Jan Nabuurs of Wageningen University & Research on climate change and Jørgen Bo Larsen of University of Copenhagen on forest biodiversity. Please find the discussion recordings here.

As part of the conference, participants were able to participate in a field trip to Kottenforst (picture).

This conference provided a very timely opportunity to address the topic of forest management for multiple ecosystem services in view of the current European and global policy agenda. CEPF trusts that the scientific outcomes of this event will be relevant and useful to frame future EU policies related to forests.

Please find the conference presentations here


The conference was supported by SINCERE project in which CEPF participates. Please find more information and the latest project news on SINCERE website.