For almost five years, EFI has been actively engaging with media from all around the world to help them explore complex issues related to European and global forests. Under the Lookout Station, a science-media capacity-building initiative, we’ve trained more than 320 editors and journalists through 12 workshops and masterclasses organised in-person and online. Our focus has always been on building a bridge between science and media by offering free training and open platforms to engage with experts. We’ve taken this approach because we believe in making long-term impacts at the individual and an editorial level instead of merely generating immediate media reporting.
Month: February 2022
Waldbrandmanagement ist eine integrale Aufgabe. Das heißt, Akteure aus ganz verschiedenen Bereichen arbeiten gemeinsam an einem ganzheitlichen Waldbrandmanagement und dazu gehört neben dem eigentlichen Feuerlöschen auch die präventive Arbeit, um die Resilienz der Wälder zu erhöhen und damit die negativen Effekte von Bränden zu minimieren. Waldbrandmanagement setzt voraus, dass ganz verschiedene Sektoren und Waldbesitzarten beteiligt sind. Die Interviewreihe im Rahmen des Projekts Waldbrand-Klima-Resilienz (WKR) soll die verschiedenen Stimmen des Waldbrandmanagements näher beleuchten. Das Interview erschien ursprünglich hier.Leave a Comment
By Astrid Van den Bossche Since October, a new marteloscope has been added to the Integrate Network. It concerns a rather small forest patch, located…Leave a Comment
Experts’ views on the role of the financial sector in driving and stopping deforestation As part of the Solution Hack “Hacking Finance to End Deforestation”…Leave a Comment
by Christopher Reyer (PIK)
How can forests and their products and services best contribute to climate change mitigation? This is probably the most controversial question one can currently ask when discussing the role of forests to combat climate change – and even scientists tend to disagree here. Some say we should manage our forest and use wood for construction to create a long-term carbon sink. Or produce even more wood to replace plastics and fossil-based materials, which is called circular bioeconomy. Others suggest just the opposite: we should not manage our forests – or if we do, we should not concentrate on wood production but mainly focus on our forests’ potential for biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration.
All approaches have benefits and trade-offs, considering that our natural resources, including our forests, are limited. That being sad, I would like to focus in this article on the potential of using wood and wood-based products for construction to mitigate climate change, based on a paper on Buildings as a global carbon sink that we – a multidisciplinary group of researchers from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and from Yale University – have published 2020 in Nature Sustainability. When looking at global developments, including discussions at the COP in Glasgow, results from the paper are still very valid – and further scientific and practical exploration is needed, since the world’s population is increasing, and climate change mitigation efforts will be challenged by people’s need for shelter.Leave a Comment
Key narratives on how to harness finance for forests While “cash is king” and “money talks”, the importance of the financial sector for forests has…Leave a Comment
FOREST EUROPE would like to invite you to take part in our current online Tag and Share Instagram campaign: Grow Green Jobs!
The campaign aims at raising awareness among students as well as young professionals in the fields of forestry, natural sciences, agriculture, and agroforestry. We want them to know the existing professions and career paths that are fostering a transition to a more sustainable economy in Europe. We want to inspire students and young professionals, and expect them to share their own experiences with sustainable jobs in the forest. Grow Green Jobs will showcase jobs from all over Europe in the format of one-minute videos.Leave a Comment
Upcoming webinar: “Climate change mitigation meets biodiversity conservation in Europe – two sides of the same coin?”
How are climate change adaptation and mitigation linked to forest biodiversity conservation in the EU’s forests, and what are the major trade offs and synergies? What are the…