How may forest and timber practitioners as well as civil society respond to the climate crisis?

Meeting topic: 

How may forest and timber practitioners as well as civil society respond to the climate crisis?

6 September · 14:00-17:00 · Fiera Bolzano (Via della Fiera, 1, 39100 Bolzano/Bozen) · Room Three Peaks


The EUSALP Task Force “Multifunctional Forests and Sustainable Use of Timber” (TF-MFSUT) gathering AG2, AG6, AG7, AG8 and AG9 and co-lead by Christian Hoffmann and Gian Antonio Battistel (AG6) organizes in collaboration with the Italian EUSALP Presidency this workshop as a side event at the Sustainability Days Südtirol – Alto Adige 2022.


Context & aim

The rapidly changing climate threatens the EUSALP’s forests and their valuable ecosystem services for present and especially for future generations. Extreme weather events and severe outbreaks of pests are affecting the growth and stability of forests as well as disrupting the current economic models of forest management and linked value chains and communities. These require forest administrations and consultants to explore alternative management Support Decision System and scenarios to provide new opportunities to forest owners. Tree species composition and adaptive forest management strategies need considerable foresight.

But these forest driven adaptation efforts can compensate for climate disturbances only to a limited extent. Hence, from timber business with its suppliers, and consumers to recreationists and citizens, everyone must adjust to this and adapt to one's own sphere. More than ever, it is vital to initiate a dialogue among them, as a basis for preventing and overcoming diverging interests. Cooperation and communication are urgently needed.

Accordingly, the workshop should be an inspiration to set accents against the ever more troubled climate. Thus, the workshop targets to collect inputs on the following questions from speakers and workshop attendants:

  1. Do Forest Administrations already have in all EUSALP regions sufficient information and methods on forest adaptation to Climate Change? Do adaptation concepts reach - and "touch" - local decision makers (i.e. mayors), stakeholders and civil society, who might wonder whether the forest community is on the right track?
  2. Does this information also reach - and „touch“ - Forest Owners and other forest actors?And what about the feedback of practitioners to science?
  3. Does the information on Climate Change-impact the business model of timber processing industry?

Common questions:

  1. If the answers to questions 1-3 show deficits in comparison with a satisfying situation, what are the main reasons and what could be done for fast improvement?
  2. Could active cross-sectorial communication and mutual cooperation among the above actors deliver appropriate new answers for adapting EUSALPs’ forest to Climate Change?


Expected results and output for the future

Economic, environmental, and social benefits for the territories and people of the EUSALP regions are valorised and sustained. In alignment with the EU policies, the adapted measures also comply with the EU Forestry Strategy.



Hybrid workshop / Translation: IT-DE-EN



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