The conference “Collaboration - key to forest disturbance management in a new decade” took place as a webinar on 26 and 27 August, organized both as a final conference of the SURE project as well as an open discourse on the future of the European Forest Risk Facility.
A Policy Brief was distributed beforehand, to provide a synthesis on natural disturbance risk management based on science, practice and policy perspectives. After presenting the activities and research done during three years of SURE, an interactive session with policy perspectives on risk management paradigms gathered views from Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, Austria, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.
During the first day, more than 70 participants joined the conference, from 25 different countries, representing science, practice and policy. Seven presenters from the European Forest Risk Facility network reflected upon the significance of collaboration highlighting the importance of immediate response, exchange of experts, prevention, networking, and media interaction to raise public awareness. The whole conference was supported by the graphic reporting of Alex Giurca who combined the skills of a note taker and artist to provide a visual and captivating representation of the conference. As background to the webinar, SURE documented in two presentations the activities and research done during the project, including the Tool Compendium and Map of forest disturbance actors, which are both available on EFI’s YouTube channel.
More than 40 policy makers and some practitioners from 17 countries discussed on the second day of the virtual conference the following questions: Where are shortcomings in effective disturbance risk management in different European Countries? How can we move from often short-term decisions to long-term oriented disturbance mitigation and resource use in policymaking and practice to create a more resilient forest sector? How can the various actors involved in implementing measures for prevention and preparedness be better supported in view of future disturbance events? How do both policy makers and practitioners assess the importance of cross-sectoral and cross-country knowledge exchange and learning? In the second session of the day, panelists from ministries, state agencies and European and international organization continued the discussion. Their presentations aimed at identifying shortcomings in forest disturbance management, measures for prevention and preparedness, and long-term solutions that create a more resilient forest sector in different regions and institutional settings.
More information about the conference and its programme you can find in the booklet.