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China-CEECs Special Event on Multi-purpose Forest Management for a Greener Future – From Science to Industry

during the 4th International Congress on Planted Forests 

16:00 – 18:00, October 24, 2018 in Room 305, China National Convention Center Beijing, China

Forests are of great importance for attaining SDG through their provisioning (wood and non-wood products, ecosystem services, etc.), supporting (e.g. biodiversity conservation, etc.), regulating (e.g. adaptation to climate change, etc.) and cultural (aesthetics, spiritual) benefits. Planted forests constitute an important component of the world’s forest resources. Among the 3,999 million ha of forests worldwide (or 30.6% of the world’s land area), only 7.28% (291 million ha) are planted forests, but from 1990, planted forest area keeps increasing at an annual rate at more than 3 million ha.

China has been leading the world in terms of both its planted forest area (78.98 million ha, 37.91% of the country’s total forest area, GRFA 2015) and increase rate (the annual increase of 2015 was 4.36 million ha, China Forestry Development Report 2016). Currently, Europe’s planted forest area amounts 83 million ha, and the total planted forest area of the 16 CEE countries is 17.56 million ha (43.46% of CEE countries’ forest area in total, GFRA 2015 – the statistics cover 14 CEE countries except Bulgaria and Macedonia as such data was not provided in their country reports). Although the proportion of planted forest area of CEE countries in their total forest area is higher than that of China, the extents of planted forests vary significantly among the 14 CEE countries. For example, while Czech (99.62%), Poland (94.93%) and Hungary (79.85%) have the higher proportion, Montenegro (0.97%), Slovenia (2.72%) and Croatia (3.90%) have less planted forests.

The main mission of the Coordination Mechanism for the Cooperation in Forestry between China and CEE Countries is to play its role in promoting sustainable and multifunctional forest management, developing a green economy, forest innovative technologies and smart specialization in forestry. The establishment of a China and CEEC Technology & Innovation Demonstration Hub for forestry-wood products chain, as a model for international research excellence, industrial outreach, and public engagement, was proposed as one of the priorities of the 2018-2020 Biennial Programme of Work of the Coordination Mechanism. In line with such initiative, the proposed 16 1 special event on Multi-purpose Forest Management for a Greener Future – From Science to Industry, aims at sharing research findings, industrial knowledge, technology and experience on multi-purpose forest management and approaches to maximize ecosystem services, functions and goods to meet people’s increasing demands in the context of climate change, population growth and urbanization expansion, and exchanging viewpoints and perspectives on the interface between science and industrial development.

The proposed 16 1 special event intends to invite representatives from various stakeholders, including research organizations, individual enterprises, industrial association, governmental departments, etc. Representative presentations from these stakeholders in China and CEE countries are warmly welcomed.

China-CEECs Special Event on Multi-purpose Forest Management for a Greener Future – From Science to Industry

Provisional Programme

Date: October 24, 2018

Time: 16:00 – 18:15

Venue: Room 301AB, China National Convention Center, Beijing, China

Moderator: Xiao Wangxin, Division Chief, Department of International Cooperation, National Forestry and Grassland Administration

16:00 – 16:05    Opening and introduction to the special event by moderator

16:05 – 16:15    China and CEEC cooperation in forestry - Challenges and opportunities by Dr. Primo? Simon?i?, on behalf of Mr. Leon Megu?ar, Coordinating Section for the forestry cooperation between Central and Eastern European Countries and China at Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia

16:15 – 16:25    Presentation by Prof. Leonidha Peri, Dean, Faculty of Forestry Sciences, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

16:25 – 16:35    Excellent forestry research at Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences CULS Prague by Prof. Marek Tur?áni, Dean, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences

16:35 – 16:45    Forest science for forests – 88 years of Forest Research Institute in Poland by Prof. Jacek Hilszczański, Director, Forest Research Institute in Poland

16:45 – 16:55    Forestry scientific research in Transilvania University of Bra?ov by Prof. Mihai Ispas, Dean, Faculty of Wood Engineering, and Prof. Stelian Alexandru Borz, Vice Dean, Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering, Transilvania University of Brasov

16:55 – 17:05    Forestry and wood processing value chain – a smart specialization sub-programme example of cooperation between education, research and industry sectors in Slovenia by Dr. Primo? Simon?i?, Director, Slovenian Forestry Institute

17:05 – 17:20    Prospective of Internationalized Higher Forest Education by Mr. Lin Yu, Deputy Director, International Relations Office, Beijing Forestry University

17:20 – 17:35    Collaboration between business, universities and research institutes in Romanian forestry sector by Dr. Candrea Bozga Stefan Bogdan, CEO & Founder of SC FOREST DESIGN SRL

17:35 – 17:50    Chinese Timber Industry Development and Demand by Ms. Shen Wei, Secretary General & Director, International Exchange & Cooperation Division, China Timber and Wood Products Distribution Association

17:50 – 18:15    Q&A and discussion