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Assessing Forest Damage and Disturbance

Assessing Forest Damage and Disturbance

Scientific-Technical Symposium jointly organized by UNECE, FAO and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism

28 - 30 September 2022
Hosted by University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Austria



Vienna Symp FTS1

A symposium on assessing forest damage and disturbance in the UNECE region is to be held in Vienna, 28-30 September 2022. It corresponds to a project initiated by the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management.

The project aims to contribute to harmonized forest damage and disturbance assessment in the UNECE region and the identification of innovative monitoring and reporting techniques for international and national application. It is a starting point for further progress towards a future damage and disturbance reporting system for consistent assessment across spatial and temporal scales.

The project was implemented by the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section with the support of Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany and the United States of America.

Objectives and Format

The aim of the symposium is to encourage exchanges, discuss results of the project, raise awareness on the assessment of forest damages and disturbance, and prepare a common ground for future cooperation. 

Speakers and attendees will include national and international decision makers as well as experts from technical and research facilities. The symposium will include keynote speakers, presentations and panel discussions around the following thematic sessions:

  • International forest damage/disturbance reporting and assessment
  • National forest damage/disturbance monitoring in the UNECE region
  • New opportunities and methods for forest damage/disturbance monitoring

The symposium is organized as a hybrid event at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. A limited number of in-person participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration deadline for in-person participation is 30 June 2022.

Registration deadline for virtual participation is 23 September 2022.

Please register via the following Link.

Vienna Symp FTS2