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KNAW: Sustainability in the European Union's forests and the energy challenge, Symposium on 19 February 2018

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences organises a symposium following up on EASAC report

Managing Europe’s forests under conflicting objectives calls for a holistic view and new tools. The ever-increasing demands on our forests are leading to conflicts concerning their management and use. The aim of the KNAW symposium is to contribute to an evidenced-based national forest management and energy policy.

One good example is the conflict between the demand for increased extraction of biomass from forests and the contribution made by the same biomass in situ to soil fertility, biodiversity and protective functions. In 2017, the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) published its report Multi-functionality and Sustainability in the European Union's Forests.


  • Wim van Saarloos, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences – Opening remarks and introduction
  • Gert Jan Nabuurs, Wageningen University and Research Centre Main findings of the EASAC report ‘Multi-functionality and Sustainability in the European Union's Forests
  • Christina Moberg, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences  – Impact of EASAC report in Sweden
  • Andrea Ramirez-Ramirez, Delft University of Technology – Use of wood as a raw material in a biobased economy
  • Richard van den Sanden, DIFFER – Sustainable energy generation in the future

More information on the event can be found here.

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