19th of November 2019: Oral and poster presentations, Hôtel de Région, Toulouse (France)

  • 08h00-09h00: Registration and welcoming of participants
  • 09h00-09h30: Opening of the symposium
  • 09h30-10h30: “Forests and climate change: risks and impacts” session
  • 10h30-11h00: First poster session and coffee break
  • 11h00-12h30: “Adaptation of forest management to climate change” session, part 1
  • 12h30-14h00: Second poster session and lunch
  • 14h00-16h00: “Adaptation of forest management to climate change” session, part 2
  • 16h00-17h00: Third poster session and coffee break
  • 17h00-18h30: “Decision-making tools and knowledge transfer” session
  • 18h30-19h00: Closing of the symposium

20th of November 2019: Field visits in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park (optional)

  • 07h30-07h45: meeting point in Toulouse Matabiau train station
  • 07h50-09h30: train journey from Toulouse to Mazamet
  • 09h30-10h00: bus journey from Mazamet to FORECCAsT test sites
  • 10h00-12h00: visit of FORECCAsT test sites and field demonstration of decision-making tools
  • 12h00-13h30: lunchbreak
  • 13h30-17h00: visit of FORECCAsT test sites and field demonstration of decision-making tools
  • 17h00-17h30: bus journey back to Mazamet train station
  • 17h30-19h00: train journey from Mazamet to Toulouse

Oral Presentations

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Opening of the symposium

  • Welcoming of participants (Speakers: René Moreno, Regional counsel, Occitania Region; Daniel Vialelle, President of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Park; Olivier Picard, Head of Research, Development and European Cooperation, National Centre for Forest Ownership)
  • “Adapting forests to climate change: introduction to the symposium and insights from the LIFE FORECCAsT project” (Speaker: Juliane Casquet, LIFE FORECCAsT, Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc, France)

Forests and climate change: risks and impacts

  • “Application of the IKS model to all French forest flora. Consequences for adaptive forestry” (Speaker: Hervé Le Bouler, former climate forest expert of the ONF research department and senior expert in the RMT Aforce, France)
  • “The 2018 drought effects on 12 temperate tree species within the IDENT diversity field experiment” (Speaker: Peter Hajek, IDENT Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Germany)
  • “Summer water deficit and torrential rains are major determinants of the interannual variability of fecundity in holm oak (Quercus ilex L.)” (Speaker: Iris Le Roncé, CEFE-CNRS, France)

Adaptation of forest management to climate change

  • “Climate change on pinewoods in inner Spain: impacts on ecosystem services provision and proposals for adaptive management” (Speaker: Marta Pardos, INIA-CIFOR, Spain)
  • “Assessment of forest-carbon sinks and promotion of compensation systems as tools for climate change mitigation (Project LIFE FOREST CO2)” (Speaker: Raphaël Bec, LIFE FOREST CO2, Centre National de la Propriété Forestière, France)
  • “Management of low-productive forests, the challenge of including forest non-marketed services” (Speaker: Antonio Molina, LIFE RESILIENTFORESTS, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain)
  • “Adapting to changing forest ecosystems: Could tree species from other bio-geographies be a solution?” (Speaker: Christin Carl, University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany)
  • “Adapting Mediterranean forests to climate change: the results of the LIFE MEDACC project in Catalonia” (Speaker: Eduard Pla Ferrer, LIFE MEDACC, CREAF, Spain)
  • “The REINFFORCE infrastructure network for monitoring and adapting Atlantic forests under a changing climate. First empirical evidences on the potential adaptive performance of alternative species” (Speaker: Hernán Serrano-León, European Forest Institute EFIPLANT, IEFC, Spain and France)
  • “Bet on naturality for a better forest adaptability to climate change” (Speaker: Elodie Magnanou, CNRS-BIOM & Réserve Naturelle Nationale de la Forêt de la Massane, France)

Decision-making tools and knowledge transfer

  • “The BioClimSol tool” (Speaker: Jean Lemaire, Centre National de la Propriété Forestière, France)
  • “FORSITE – a dynamic forest site classification to support adaptive forest management in the light of climate change in Styria (Austria)” (Speaker: Yasmin Dorfstetter, Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna, Austria)
  • “The KoNeKKTiW project: Implementation and Lessons-learned from more than 5 years addressing climate change through the German Forest Risk- and Crisis Network” (Speaker: Jakob Hörl, Forest Research Institute Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
  • “Toolbox Climate Smart Forestry – measures for Dutch forest and nature managers” (Speaker: Bas Lerink, Wageningen Environmental Research, Netherlands)

Closing of the symposium

  • “Adapting forests to climate change is possible: Gap between rich and poor societies has to be bridged” (Speaker: John Kaganga, smallholder farmer and Director of Kikandwa Environmental Association, Uganda)
  • “Closing remarks to the first “Adapting forests to climate change” European symposium” (Speaker: Juliane Casquet, LIFE FORECCAsT, Parc naturel regional du Haut-Languedoc, France)

Poster presentations

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46 project holders, scientists and stakeholders from 16 countries will have the opportunity to showcase their work about forest adaptation to climate change through poster presentations. We aim to provide high quality poster sessions that are equal to oral presentations in their ability to provide exposure, feedback, and networking opportunities. Below is a selection of the posters that will be showcased during the symposium. The full list can be donwloaded here.

  • “Species mixture vs. age mixture: how to conciliate wood production and carbon sequestration objectives under drought and windstorm risks in forests?” (Presenter: Sandrine Brèteau-Amores, INRA-BETA, France)
  • “Evaluation of environmental health degradation research for 28 years” (Presenter: Israel Ropo Orimoloye, University of the Free State, South Africa)
  • “Demonstrating climate change adaptation measures to stakeholders in Alice Holt Forest, South East England” (Presenter: Gail Atkinson, Forest Research, United Kingdom)
  • “Towards an adaptive forest management to climate change in Navarre” (Presenter: Irantzu Primicia, LIFE NADAPTA, Spain
  • “Palaeoecological approach: Paleo-fires and climate changes in northern European boreal forests” (Presenter: Gwenaël Magne, ISEM, Université de Montpellier, France)
  • “Assessment of genetic diversity, demographic history and extinction risk of endangered peat bog pine (Pinus uliginosa N.) using genetic and paleo – environmental data” (Presenter: Bartosz Łabiszak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)
  • “A decision support tool for adaptive forest management: assessing the impacts of management strategies and climate change on forest ecosystem services” (Presenter: Irina Cristal, University of Lleida, Forest Bioengineering Solutions (FBS), Spain)
  • “Calclim: a new way to choose tree species taking both forest site and climate into account” (Presenter: Sylvain Gaudin, Centre National de la Propriété Forestière, France)
  • “Phenological observations of common beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) within the LIFEGENMON project and as part of forest genetic monitoring in Slovenia” (Presenter: Rok Damjanić, LIFEGENMON, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia)
  • “A new approach for an adaptive forest management planning to improve resilience of beech forests in relation to climate change : The LIFE AForClimate project” (Presenter: Ugo Chiavetta, LIFE AForClimate, CREA, Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, Italy)
  • “Coping with global change for the public forest: adapt and mitigate!” (Presenter: Jean Ladier, Office National des Forêts, France)

Field visits

Field visits are optional and limited to a small number of attendees, on a first come, first serve basis. They will be the opportunity to discover the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park which sits in a unique area of meeting point for three climates (Mediterranean, Atlantic, Alpine), and is thus in a place where the environment will be very sensitive to any shifting of climate ranges. Two third of this territory is also covered with forests, hence making it a perfect location to talk about forest adaptation to climate change.

The field visit will include a visit of several FORECCAsT trial stands, where the project tests tree species and forest management procedures adapted to climate change. It will also include the demonstration of three field decision-making tools:

  • Analog Forestry (demonstrator: John KAGANGA)
  • FORECCAsT by BioClimSol (demonstrator: Maxime JOURDE)
  • TerrHum (demonstrator: Augusto ZANELLA)

The train journey from Toulouse to Mazamet and return, as well as the lunch, will be at each attendee’s expense. The bus journey is paid for by the FORECCAsT project.