News and events

+++ 8 July 2020. Together with staff from various organisations including Naturwald Akademie or Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung, Jeanette Blumröder and Pierre Ibisch followed the invitation of NUKLA (Naturschutz und Kunst Leipziger Auwald e. V.) and visited the Leipzig gallery forest. They witnessed forest management practices that clearly harm the vulnerable forest ecosystem. The Natura 2000 site does not seem to be well protected; the ecological condition is worsening due to clearcuts and planting of tree species that are not native to the ecosystem (e.g., chestnut, checker tree). The forest is the scene of a remarkable legal precedent: recently, the Bautzen Higher Administrative Court overturned the ruling of the Leipzig Administrative Court in the GRÜNE LIGA Saxony/NuKLA case against the City of Leipzig and its Forest Management Plan 2018 regarding the forest management in the Natura 2000 site +++

Excursion group on the edge of the Leipzig gallery forest, Saxony (photo: Burkhard Kirchberg)

+++ 25 June 2020. Misguided forest action in EU Biodiversity Strategy: Four forest experts from Spain, Poland, Sweden and Germany, including Pierre Ibisch, give a bad report on the EU's new biodiversity strategy. In an article published in Science, they criticize the forest-related objectives. One point of criticism concerns actionism and symbolic actions such as the mass planting of tree seedlings. Instead, they call for the necessary climate change adaptation in forestry to be designed on the basis of recognised ecological knowledge +++

+++ 23 June 2020. Webinar series - Interrelations between land cover, land management and climate change. Talks by Julia Pongratz (LM) and Pierre Ibisch (Centre for Econics) +++

+++ 10 June 2020. The dossier "The futile search for the super tree" (study in German: "Die vergebliche Suche nach dem Superbaum)", which was commissioned by the Green Party's spokesperson on agricultural policy in the EU Parliament, Martin Häusling, and compiled by Stephan Börnecke, quotes contributions by Pierre Ibisch and takes up demands for an ecosystem-based orientation of forest management. In a webinar, Pierre Ibisch, together with MEP Martin Häusling, NABU President Jörg-Andreas Krüger and Diana Pretzell from WWF, was a panelist in the context of the study presentation (in German)


+++ 10 May 2020. Recently, Centre staff visited forest areas affected by calamities (barkbeetle outbreaks, windthrows and drought) as well as subsequent salvage logging in various parts of Germany. The trip revealed serious facets of the unfolding forest crisis with large-scale clearcuts and conventional reforestation practices that contribute to ecosystem degradation. Slidecasts document the practices that give reason for concern and seem to be against the principles of sustainable forestry (in German) +++

Salvage clearcut on very steep slope between Vallendar and Hillscheid, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany (30 April 2020)


+++ 8 May 2020. A group of scientific reviewers of the PRIMOFARO study on Romanian old-growth forests (commissioned by EuroNatur Foundation and published in 2019), including Pierre Ibisch, sent a response to the so-called ‘forest expert group at the Transylvanian University of Brasov’. The report submitted to the Romanian government moves strong critics to PRIMOFARO. In defence of the PRIMOFARO study, the reviewers now raised the concern that the Brasov report may not meet the scientific standards and also criticize the unacceptable form of the anonymous statement issued without appropriately checking the database. Copies of the letter to Brasov University were sent to decision makers and key actors, including the Romanian government and members of the European Parliament +++

Study on Romanian old-growth forests: statement in response to the recently published report by the forest expert group at the Transylvanian University of Brasov
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+++ 3-5 March 2020. More than 100 scientists gathered at Potdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and discussed the challenges related to 'Managing Forests in the 21st Century'. Pierre Ibisch and Jeanette Blumroeder contributed two oral presentations on the relevance of forests for (micro)climatic cooling and buffering +++


Forests and multiple ecosystem services: an ecosystem-based conservation perspective (abstract Ibisch)
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+++ 26-28 February 2020. Pierre Ibisch gave a keynote talk at the European Forest Institute's (EFI) conference 'Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe' (at Research Centre CAESAR, Bonn, Germany). The conference objective was to compile and synthesise the scientific evidence related to the current state of integrated forest management approaches. The title of Pierre's talk, which was co-authored by Jeanette Blumroeder, was 'Forests and multiple ecosystem services: an ecosystem-based conservation perspective' +++


How do major global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss affect forests globally, and what can forest governance and management do? How can we deal with rising and changing demands for forest products and ecosystem services due to global population and economic growth, and urbanisation?

EFI in collaboration with documentary filmmaker Patrick Augenstein, interviewed Pierre Ibisch, Professor at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development. This was part of the international conference “Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services” that brought together policymakers, practitioners and academic researchers from different fields on 26-28 February in Bonn.

+++ 14 February 2020. Another paper communicating our research on boreal forest use under the FSC label (Forest Stewardship Council) has been published in Ecological Processes. The title of the study is Clearcuts and related secondary dieback undermine the ecological effectiveness of FSC certification in a borel forest. Another paper on the ecological effectiveness with a special focus on the clearcutting practices endorsed by FSC was published in Ecological Indicators. Our first paper on effectiveness of FSC was published in 2018 in Challenges in Sustainability. Amongst others, we concluded that large-scale clear-cutting practice within Intact Forest Landscapes, which means the logging of primary forests, feeds doubts about the consistency of FSC and its credibility +++