Meeting of the EU Forest Directors, 19–21 October 2022, Czech Republic

From 19 to 21 October 2022, the traditional meeting of the EU Forest Directors took place. This was the second event in the field of forestry organised under our Presidency in the Czech Republic and, as in the first event, a workshop on forest monitoring, Forest Management Institute (FMI) participated in the organisation.

During the meeting, chaired by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Patrik Mlynář, participants discussed current European forestry topics including the conclusions of the workshop on forest monitoring within the EU. These conclusions were presented by Jaroslav Kubišta, Director of FMI, who was followed by Göran Ståhl from Sweden, who presented the follow-up on this topic planned during the Swedish Presidency, which also wants to actively participate in the discussion on the form of reporting and data collection in the individual Member States.

As part of the excursion, the participants visited the Křivoklát region. The whole excursion focused on the cooperation between forest management and nature conservation. In addition to concrete examples of management, the participants had the opportunity to experience how biodiversity can be promoted in forests while maintaining economic use. This demonstration site (called Marteloscop) was created within Integrate Network.

Delegates from 20 Member States, representatives of the European Commission and representatives of international organisations such as the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), Forest Europe and the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) attended the meeting. Among the Czech participants there were also representatives from the Forestry and Game Management Research Institute and, of course, Forest Management Institute.

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