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Forest management and Natura 2000 in the alpine and continental biogeographical regions

Dates: 21-23 June 2016

Location: Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova, Italy

Organizing committee: Tommaso Sitzia, Thomas Campagnaro, Giovanni Trentanovi, Marco Bellonzi, Monica Barzon (Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry - TESAF, Università degli Studi di Padova), Mark Snethlage (ENCN- European Centre for Nature Conservation), Marie-Alice Budniok (ELO - European Landowners' Organization), Georg Andreas Frank (Austrian Research Centre for Forests), Isabella Pasutto (Regione Veneto)


Combining forestry objectives and nature conservation goals as required by the Habitats Directive are a great challenge in the Alpine and Continental Biogeographical Regions. This was confirmed during the Alpine Seminar (Graz, November 2013) and the Continental, Pannonian, Black Sea and Steppic Kick off Seminar (Luxembourg, June 2015).


Workshop Content
The workshop addressed the challenges of combining forest management and Natura 2000 objectives in Alpine forest habitats. It did so by bringing together the latest advances in forest ecology (researchers and scientists) and practice (land owners, foresters, conservationists). The themes addressed during the workshop will included the following:

  • What is the latest scientific evidence on the coherence of forest management with Natura 2000 habitats and species conservation?
  • How can Natura 2000 conservation objectives be integrated in current forest management and planning?
  • What are the European Union legal boundaries for forest management in Natura 2000 sites?
  • How the reference values and favourable conservation status of forest habitats should be assessed and monitored?

Particular focus was given to spruce, beech and oak woodlands and to novel woodlands of the alien black locust.

The subjects addressed during the workshop will be closely tuned with the research papers submitted to the Journal for Nature Conservation that will publish a special issue on Alpine Forest Management, in part based on the outcomes of this workshop.


Workshop programme
On the first day (in the afternoon) there was be a plenary session with the participation of keynote speakers followed by a discussion and a “Knowledge market” event. The second day was mainly be organized in specific discussion groups on the main topics of the event. On the last day there was be an excursion at the Montello and Cansiglio woodlands.


Final programme pdf

T. Sitzia – University of Padova “Forest management and Natura 2000 in the Alpine and Continental biogeographical regions: briding research and practice pdf

S. Panozzo – European Commission DG Environment “the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process pdf

D. Evans – European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity (Paris, France) “Conservation status and main pressures and threats on forest habitats in the alpine and continental biogeographial regions pdf

C. Sobotta – Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg) “The European Union legal boundaries for semi-natural habitats management in Natura 2000 sites pdf

G. Winkel –European Forest Institute (Joensuu, Finland) “Socio-ecological analysis of the impact of Natura 2000 on forest management in the continental region pdf

G. Brundu –University of Sassari (Italy) “Forest management as a necessary measure to contrast alien species invasion: a review within the boundaries of the continental and alpine Natura 2000 biogeographical regions pdf

C. Berner – Erzbischöfliches Forstamt Kirchberg (Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria) “Natura 2000 and forest management: a practitioner’s perspective pdf

E.D. Schulze –Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute (Jena, Germany) “Sustainable forest management in European beech forests pdf

M. Kovac – Slovenian Forestry Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia) “Conservation status of the heterogeneous Natura 2000 forest habitat types and its implications for forest management and nature conservation: examples from Slovenia pdf

T. Campagnaro –University of Padova (Italy) “Natura 2000 counter-balance effects of forestry cessation: example with sprucebeech-fir mixed forests pdf

Z. Křenová – Global Change Research Institute (České Budějovice, Czech Republic) “Biodiversity, structure and future prospects of Natura 2000 forest habitats dealing with the impact of climate changes pdf