Climate Change: How can foresters react?

Jan Kašpar is part of a European interest group on climate change adaptation in the forestry sector. The knowledge and innovations based on faculty´s research activities will be taken into account when planning solutions to fight climate change.

Assistant professor of faculty Jan Kašpar has been chosen as a member of the group, New Forest Practices and Tools for Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change. This is a group aimed at positive change, proposing new strategies for reducing the impact of climate change on European forests. The group is part of the EIP-AGRI Focus Group initiative; EIP stands for the European Innovation Partnership, whereas this particular group is focused on issues related to agriculture and the environment.

The group that Jan has been invited to participate in consists of twenty Europeans whose professional activities fall within the forestry sector, including researchers, property owners, consultants, farmers, and forest service members, among others.

For this and other EIP groups, innovation is crucial for analysing problems and proposing solutions. The idea is that broad-spectrum knowledge is acquired from the ground up, later arriving to the tables of political leaders and policy-makers. The heterogeneity of the group members’ backgrounds and interests assures that the final reports represent and include recommendations from all actors in the sector.

The first meeting of the group, New Forest Practices and Tools for Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change, took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 20-21.