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Falling Walls Circle Table: Forests – Dramatic impacts of climate change

Falling Walls Foundation | Reinhard Hüttl, Jürgen Bauhus, Chantal van Ham

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Forests cover about one third of Europe’s land area and provide a wide range of ecosystem services such as clean drinking water and recreation. They host a large part of the biodiversity of terrestrial ecosystems, even if less than 2% is strictly protected and not used for forestry. The climate protection function of forests is of particular importance. Without the storage of carbon in biomass, soils and wood products and the substitution of fossil fuels by the use of wood, European carbon dioxide emissions would be ca. 12% higher.

The past years have shown very clearly that the advancing climate change is threatening our forests. Increasing climatic extreme events such as storms, droughts and heat waves with subsequent mass outbreaks of pests such as bark beetles and new diseases lead to the widespread loss of large forest stands. Climate change and its consequences thus directly threaten our livelihoods. Trees and many other forest-dwelling species obviously cannot adapt as quickly and strongly as the climate is changing.

Watch how a multidiscipinary panel discusses how forests can be adapted to climate change in a way that they can sustainably fulfill the many functions desired by society, exploring the question how and to what extent will our forests change in this century?

Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.

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Reinhard Hüttl

German Research Centre for Geosciences

Professor Reinhard Hüttl is the Chairman of the Board and the Scientific Executive Director of the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam | German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Vice President of acatech – the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and holder of the Academic Chair of Soil Protection and Restoration at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg. He studied forestry and soil sciences at the University of Freiburg and at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA. In 2008 he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany First Class.

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Sun | Nov 08, 2020 | 12.00 - 13.00 CET

Falling Walls Circle Table: Forests – Dramatic impacts of climate change

Jürgen Bauhus

University of Freiburg

Professor of Silviculture at the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at Freiburg University, Germany, since 2003.

 

From 1996 to 2003 he worked at the Australian National University. His research on dynamics and management of structure and composition of forests, carbon and nutrient cycles, ecological interactions in mixed-species forests, as well as the adaptation of forests to global change. He published several books and more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board on Forest Policy at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. For his scientific accomplishments he received in 2014 the IUFRO scientific achievement award.

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Sun | Nov 08, 2020 | 12.00 - 13.00 CET

Falling Walls Circle Table: Forests – Dramatic impacts of climate change

Chantal van Ham

International Union for Conservation of Nature

EU Programme Manager Nature Based Solutions.

Chantal holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and a MSc in Forest and Nature Conservation Policy. Then worked as Finance Specialist with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the Netherlands. At IUCN she develops and coordinates projects for biodiversity and ecosystems services conservation, restoration and valuation that help policy-makers, cities, local and regional governments find nature-based solutions for sustainable development, by mobilising IUCN knowledge and best practices.

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Sun | Nov 08, 2020 | 12.00 - 13.00 CET

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