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The Forest Europe process to develop a Legally Binding Agreement, started just over four years ago and culminating in a Ministerial mandate to start negotiations on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe last year. The First Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee for a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe (INC1) was just held in Vienna. There was a common understanding that the agreement will be a framework agreement with firm commitments that clearly add value and address all types of forests.
There are several other forest policy initiatives that have been quietly working their way through the EU machinery. Most notably, EU Member States and stakeholders are now working together with the Commission to review the EU Forestry Strategy, which dates from 1998. Apart from that, another working group under the Standing Forestry Committee is tasked to take up where the discussions on the Commission’s Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information in the EU ended. This group is expected to give proposals on how to improve the availability and quality of information on forests in the EU.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry is proud to present speakers highly involved in these processes, representing different areas and types of forests in the North, the South, the West and the East of Europe.
The seminar will shed light on the driving forces and the future processes of the different policy processes and to catch the essence of the challenges during the panel discussion. The purpose of the seminar is to present the driving forces and the future processes of
a) the Forest Europe process
b) the Negotiations for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe
c) the Green Paper on the Forest Protection and Information in the EU
d) the review of the EU Forestry Strategy
Moderator Åke Barklund, General Secretary and Managing Director, KSLA
|09.30||Coffee and registration|
Åke Barklund, General Secretary and Managing Director, KSLA
|10.10|| Introduction and a general overview
Fredrik Ingemarson, Programme Manager, The Secretariat for International Forestry Issues (SIFI)
|10.30|| Forest policy and the EU
Markus Holzer, Head of Unit, Bioenergy, Biomass, Forestry and Climatic Changes, DG AGRI
|11.00|| The Pan-European forest agreement
Jan Heino, Senior Executive Specialist, international fellow of KSLA
|11.30||Clarifications and questions|
|13.00|| The interests behind the European policy game
Dr. Peter Edwards, Forest Products and Markets, SLU
|13.30|| The Swedish view on these processes
Ingeborg Bromée, Deputy Director, Ministry of Rural Affairs
|13.50|| A non-EU view on the European forest policy processes
Sergey Rodin, Deputy Head, Forest Research Institute (FSU VNIILM), The Russian Federation
|14.10|| An EU Member State’s view on the European forest policy processes
Graça Rato, Adviser, Autoridade Florestal Nacional MAMAOT, Portugal, TBC
|14.45||Panel discussion (all speakers)|
|16.00||Mingle in the foyer|