European forests and the forest sector play a central role in the European bioeconomy, as mentioned in a 2016 European Forests Institute (EFI) report. Indeed, the long-term outlook of forest-related policies has to change to accommodate the increasing demand for bio-based resources.
This was the basis of the event organized by the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section entitled, “Exchange of Experiences in Forest Sector Outlook Studies and Related Work”. More than fifty specialists coming from the forest sector presented their outlook activities and learned about the modelling results this February at the Koli National Park situated in Finland.
Hans Verkerk from EFI, a partner of the BioMonitor project, presented the project’s Data Platform and Model Toolbox, as well as the institute’s activities including the Climate Smart Forestry. Other BioMonitor partners – the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (EU-JRC) and Thünen Institute were also present in the said event. The full agenda and the workshop and presentations can be found here.
This was linked to the final conference of the DIABOLO project and to the Team of Specialists meeting on the forthcoming Forest Sector Outlook Study. The Forest Sector Outlook Studies have started in 1952 with the European Timber Trend Studies. Its next study will be released by 2020.