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Forestry Management in Europe

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021    Time: 16:00 - 17:30 CET

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There is a need for a new balanced and strengthened post-2020 EU Forest Strategy as it remains the main policy tool to integrate European forests and forestry into all other policy areas. Considering forests’ and the forest-based sector’s potential for tackling the ongoing climate and health crises, how to ensure that it’s become of the highest priorities within the EU while recognizing the role of forest owners and managers to continue the transition to a greener and more sustainable economy?

Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) - more to follow

Mónica Hernández-Morcillo
Project Manager InnoForESt
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Peter Mayer
Managing Director, ‘Austrian Research Centre for Forests’ (BFW)
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Marc Palahí
Director of the European Forest Institute
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Janez Potočnik
'ThinkForest’ President
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Jurgen Tack
Scientific Director, ELO
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Mónica Hernández-Morcillo, Project Manager InnoForESt

Mónica Hernández-Morcillo is a Forestry Engineer holding a PhD on integrated landscape management. Currently managing the InnoForESt project at the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde, Berlín. She holds fifteen years of professional experience at the intersection of social-ecological systems, promoting successful governance innovations for sustainable resources management. She has field-level experience in the Peruvian Amazon, Brasil and Kenya, facilitating participatory processes to discern partnership solutions to environmental conflicts. Bridging field work level with global policy, Mónica worked for United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Cambridge, UK, assisting the CBD providing scientific and technical support on biodiversity and ecosystem services assessments.
Peter Mayer, Managing Director, ‘Austrian Research Centre for Forests’ (BFW)

Peter Mayer is the Managing Director of the Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW), responsible for the development and implementation of the overall strategy and financial operations of BFW. From 2003 to 2010 he was Executive Director of IUFRO, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. From 1998 to 2003 Peter Mayer was the head of the Liaison Unit of Forest Europe responsible for developing pan-European forest policy. He holds a Masters degree in forestry and political science and a PhD in forest policy.
Marc Palahí, Director of the European Forest Institute

Marc Palahí is a leading expert on forests and global change, with a new vision of the transformational role forests can play in fighting climate change and developing a circular bioeconomy. He has been Director of the European Forest Institute since 2015, driving its development as a pan-European science-policy platform, and working to connect knowledge to action at the interface of science, policy and business. Marc has a PhD in forestry and economics and his work, which has featured in Nature and other high-level scientific journals, focuses on the development of a sustainable circular bioeconomy that prospers in harmony with Nature. Marc leads the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance established by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales under his Sustainable Markets Initiative.
Janez Potočnik, 'ThinkForest’ President

Dr. Janez Potočnik is the Chairman of the Board of the RISE Foundation. He graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993). After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research and then Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994), he was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as ‘shadow’ Commissioner for Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended in November 2014 and he was then appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre’s Advisory Council.
Jurgen Tack, Scientific Director, ELO

Jurgen Tack studied biology (marine ecology) at Brussels Free University where he also obtained his PhD in Sciences. Within the Framework of the Kenya Belgium Project in Marine Sciences (Coastal Farms Kenya) he developed a number of oyster farms along the Kenyan coast. In 2000 he joined the team of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (Belgian Science Policy Office). In 2007 he became the CEO of the Research Institute for Nature and Forest. In 2016 he took the position of Scientific Director at the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), CEO at Landelijk Vlaanderen (Flemish Landowners’ Organisation) and CEO of the Aanspreekpunt Privaat Beheer Natuur en Bos. He was also President of the International Riverine Commission River Maas/Meuse, a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Nature Based Solutions and chairman of the board of directors of the Botanical Garden Meise. Since the beginning of 2017 he is evaluating the Nature Based Solution concept for the European Commission.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 16:00 - 17:30 CET

  • Opening: Janez Potočnik, ‘ThinkForest’ President

  • Keynote: Peter Mayer, Managing Director, ‘Austrian Research Centre for Forests’ (BFW)

  • Marc Palahi, Director, European Forest Institute

  • Monica Hernandez-Morcillo, Project Manager InnoForESt

  • Moderator: Jurgen Tack, Scientific Director, ELO