An event addressing the major challenges and opportunities that introduced tree species present to European forest will take place between 2nd and 5th November 2016 in Ascona (Canton Ticino, Switzerland). This conference will be a mixture of presentations (various aspects of introduced tree species in European forests) and fieldtrips (practical experiences as well as research plots focusing on introduced and invasive tree species).
The audience of the event will be very variable as we encourage academics, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of administrations to attend; both junior and senior level individuals are welcome to participate. The conference focuses on social, environmental as well as economic aspects of introduced tree species. Therefore, individuals from other than nature resource management are encouraged to attend.
This event is an important part of the project In-Tree, which is organised by the Central European Office of the European Forest Institute - EFICENT in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL). The project In-Tree is financed by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
As a part of the Project In-Tree, a compilation book addressing the major challenges and opportunities of introduced tree species to European forests was produced. The aim of this conference is therefore to launch the book and to present topics covered within this book as well as other topics related.
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European Forest Institute
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organisation, established by European States. EFI conducts research and provides policy support on forest-related issues.
With its 25 Member Countries, c.115 Associate and Affiliate Member organisations, five Regional Offices and three Project Centres, it offers unique forest research contacts and collaboration at the European level.