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Our forests, our future

Forests cover 42% of the European Union territory and are part of our natural heritage. If they are currently facing various issues, such as forest fires, they can also be part of the answer to today’s challenges. The “Our forests, our future” conference, organised by the European Commission on April 25 and 26, 2019, aimed at exploring the potential of forests in mitigating climate change, shaping the new bio economy, protecting biodiversity and the environment and providing resources to local communities.

 

 

Forests, a key tool for European environmental policies
All speakers highlighted the potential of forests when it comes to climate and innovation. The European Commission wants to involve forests management in reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 and boosting research and innovation linked to bio and circular economies. “Forest are part of the solution, this why they need to be sustainably managed” declared Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy. Forests are a crucial carbon sink but also a resource of biomass, which can be an alternative to petrol.

Forests’ potentials led speakers to agree on a wider use of forests’ resources to tackle today’s challenges. Peter Holmgren, researcher and former Director-General of the Center for International Forestry Research, for instance expressed his deception regarding the Paris agreement. Article 5 of the agreement indeed refers to forestry as a solution to fight climate change but only mentions forests as potential reservoirs, while the last IPCC report clearly mentions forests’ resources as an alternative for petrol. According to forestry stakeholders, increasing the use of wood can be in line with sustainability standards if done within the circular economy model. A vision which seems to be shared by regions’ representatives, as the Committee of the Regions called a few days before the event for a “shift towards forest-based products, in construction and energy production for example” to “generate employment and tax revenues for sparsely populated regions”, as declared by Ossi Martikainen, rapporteur of the opinion.

 

The “1-hectare initiative”: a new proposal for EU forests
The event was also the opportunity for the European Commission to do an update on its work regarding forests. In December 2018, the Commission adopted its report to the Parliament and the Council on the mid-term review of the 2013 EU Forest Strategy, highlighting progresses made in the various aspects of forests’ sustainable management. Other EU actions are also addressing this issue, such as the EU Strategy on Bioeconomy and Pilar 2 of the CAP.

In this regard, Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development proposed a new measure to encourage afforestation in the EU, the “1-hectare initiative“. Possibly financed by Pillar 2 of the CAP, this measure would “reward farmers with payments per farm for the afforestation of one hectare. Under the condition that the afforestation is done in a biodiversity-friendly way combining climate and environmental objectives” he explained. Hogan added that “the afforested plot could be either marginal land or in between big fields where biodiversity and diverse landscape elements would be needed”, opening opportunities for silvopastoralism. In mountain areas, this practice can help fighting forest fire, enriching soils and diversifying agro-economic activities.

To reduce the administrative burden of such a measure, Hogan added that this could be a lump-sum payment per year and per hectare. The “1-hectare initiative” is however optional and the decision to include it in Strategic Plans rests with each Member States, as stated Hogan: “the future CAP provides the opportunity, but the political will to implement this initiative must come from the Member States. Hence, I hope you will spread the word.” The Commission’s initiative could be a solution to ease tensions in a policy area where the subsidiarity principle gives the political competency to Member States, as reminded by stakeholders and by the Council in its April conclusions on the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy.

 

You can find all the information about the conference as well as presentations here.

 

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Vă invităm în perioada 23 – 25 mai 2019, la cea de-a XXI–a ediţie a Conferinţei ştiinţifice internaţionale "Turismul rural românesc în context internațional. Actualitate şi perspective", ce va avea loc la Vatra Dornei.

We invite you on May 23 - 25, 2019, at the XXIth edition of the International Scientific Conference "Romanian Rural Tourism in an International Context. Actuality and Perspectives", to be held in Vatra Dornei.

Organizatori: Agenția Națională a Zonei Montane, împreună cu Academia Română, filiala Iaşi – Institutul de Cercetări Economice şi Sociale "Gh. Zane" și Institutul Național de Cercetări Economice "Costin C. Kiriţescu"/INCE Centrul de Economie Montana "CE-MONT" Vatra Dornei, Ministerul Agriculturii și Dezvoltării Rurale – Reteaua Nationala de Dezvoltare Rurala - RNDR, alături de Primăria Municipiului Vatra Dornei, Asociaţia Naţională de Turism Rural Ecologic şi Cultural - ANTREC Bucovina, Institutul Naţional de Cercetare Dezvoltare în Turism - INCDT Bucureşti, Asociaţia Europeană a Ţărilor cu Munţi – Euromontana și Asociația Generală a Economiștilor din România AGER - Filiala Iaşi.

Evenimentul se adresează oamenilor de știință, cercetătorilor, cadrelor didactice universitare, doctoranzilor, masteranzilor, cu preocupări în cercetarea fenomenului turistic din spațiul rural, care, împreună cu managerii de pensiuni turistice și agroturistice încearcă să găsească soluții optime de revigorare a mediului rural și a fenomenului turistic din acest spaţiu.

Tematica manifestării:
 Turismul rural și agroturismul în contextul dezvoltării durabile la nivel naţional, regional și global;
 Tradiționalism vs. modernism în turismul rural;
 Strategii naționale și regionale de dezvoltare a turismului rural;
 Managementul și marketingul e-turismului;
 Comportamentul prestatorilor şi consumatorilor de servicii de turism rural;
 Rolul legislaţiei în domeniu în promovarea şi dezvoltarea turismului rural;
 Turismul rural din perspectivă multidisciplinară şi interdisciplinară: economie, sociologie, drept, psihologie, antropologie, etnografie, folclor etc.
 Bune practici internaționale

Lucrările Conferinței vor avea loc la Agenția Națională a Zonei Montane, din Vatra Dornei, strada Runc nr. 23, în „Amfiteatrul Munților”, după următorul Program:
Joi, 23 mai
13.00 - 14.00 Înregistrarea participanților
14.00 - 14.30 Deschiderea oficială
14.30 - 15.30 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea I
15.30 - 16.00 Pauză cafea
16.00 - 19.00 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea II
20.00 - 21.00 Cina
Vineri, 24 mai
09.00 - 11.00 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea III
11.00 - 11.30 Pauză cafea
11.30 - 14.00 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea IV
14.00 - 15.30 Pauză de masă
15.30 - 17.30 Prezentarea lucrărilor ştiinţifice – Partea V
17.30 - 18.00 Pauză cafea
18.00 - 19.30 Dezbateri, Concluzii
19.30 - 20.00 Închiderea lucrărilor
20.00 - 21.00 Cina festivă
Sâmbătă, 25 mai
09.30 - 16.00 Aplicaţie practică în comuna Vama

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