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"SwissForestLab Dialogue" with WaldSchweiz: Forest services 2050 – Where will the problems lie?



WSL Birmensdorf, Englersaal

Organized by:

SwissForestLab und WaldSchweiz, unterstützt von Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft WSL


Deutsch und Französisch, mit Übersetzung

Type of event:


Target audience:

Waldbesitzer und Waldbewirtschafter, Waldfachleute, Forstpersonalverband, SwissForestLab Mitglieder

(Due to limited space, registrations must be limited according to arrival)

Participation fee: 80 CHF (incl. catering during the conference and aperitif)

The Swiss forest is currently the focus of public interest. Hardly a day goes by without a report on climate change and its impact on the forest - The heatwave of summer and the prolonged drought in 2018 have severely affected the forest and led to obvious tree deaths in many places. In the case of the spruce, this was hardly surprising, as it has been ailing in the Mittelland for years. But now the white fir, the beech and other deciduous tree species are also severely affected. Climate scenarios assume that dry and hot summers will occur more frequently in the future and that the extreme year 2018 could therefore become the norm. What does this mean for the future of the Swiss forest?

Which tree species will master the expected climatic changes? What does this mean for current and future forest services? How can any forest conversion be organised and financed? What kind of forest do we justify today so that in 30 or 50 years it will master the climatic conditions of the time - and how will this forest get there undamaged? What about economic sustainability for forest owners so that they have the necessary funds for forest adaptation, forest rejuvenation and the production of forest services? How can climate-friendly forests at the same time also meet the increasing demand for wood, and in fact in the required assortments? And what are the political framework conditions for future, adapted forest management? Finally, there is also the question of the future use of wood and wood-based raw materials.

The SwissForestLab Dialogue with WaldSchweiz addresses these and other questions and summarises the state of knowledge on climate change and future forest services. In the dialogue between research and forestry practice, answers are worked out jointly and open questions discussed and compiled.