Russia, Portugal and the Commission visit Sweden

A seminar about the European forest policy game

The Forest europe process to develop a legally binding agreement, which started just over three years ago and culminated in a ministerial mandate to start negotiations on a pan-european Forest convention this year. The starting points are different for northern and southern Europe.

Jan Heino, the chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe will be participating at the seminar at KSLA. A Russian delegation, Ms Graça Rato from Portugal and DG Agriculture will present their views on the development.

Several forest policy initiatives moves forward

Several other forest policy initiatives have been quietly working their way through the EU machinery of government. Most notably, the EU Green Paper on the Protection of Forests and Forest Information has spawned a new process – a review of the eu Forest strategy, where Green Paper submissions on forest protection and production issues will be considered. The forest information dimension of the Green Paper is now in the hands of a working group to determine the next step.

Playing the policy game

Ongoing analysis will be presented and shed some light on the interests behind each of these policy processes. After the seminar, participants should better understand the policy game in the light of the multitude of competing interests in forest policy.

The driving forces and the future processes

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry is proud to present speakers highly involved in these processes and with such an experiences from the European policy game. 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
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Programme

Moderator
Åke Barklund, General Secretary and Managing Director, KSLA

09.30 Coffee and registration
10.00 Welcome
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 at KSLA
11.30 Clarifications and questions
12.00 Lunch break
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,
14.30 Coffee
14.45 Panel discussion (all speakers)
16.00 Mingle in the foyer
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Please register here!

Text: Fredrik Ingemarson, SIFI, Sandra Thunander, SIFI
Photo: Fotoakuten