European State Forest Conference

10-13 June 2024    Gdańsk, Poland​

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About the event

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Join us for an unforgettable experience at this year’s European State Forest Conference as we venture into the remarkable forests and coastal landscapes of Gdańsk and its surroundings.

During our stay in Gdańsk, we will delve into the rich heritage of the area and will be visiting the Gdańsk Forest District, the Hel Peninsula, and the forest complexes in the Kashubia region. Prepare to be captivated by the outstanding old-growth beech forests near the stunning scenery of the Baltic Sea and the Bay of Gdansk.

The main theme of this year’s conference is the multifunctionality of urban and peri-urban forests, and the associated challenges. During our field trips, we’ll delve into the complex dynamics between forest management, nature conservation, and society’s needs and demands, while addressing the conflicts that often arise.

Be part of this insightful journey as we engage in discussions, gain new perspectives, and work towards sustainable solutions in forest management. Join us in Gdańsk for an exploration of spectacular nature, heritage, and the complex interaction between forests and society.

About our host

The State Forests is the largest organization managing public forests in the European Union, overseeing approximately a quarter of Poland’s land area. Established in 1924 as the Polish State Forests, we boast a century-long legacy of stewardship. Through our dedication, forest coverage in Poland has developed, growing from a post-World War II low of 21% to now covering 30% of the country’s territory, totaling over 9.2 million hectares.

Annually, we plant around 500 million new trees, ensuring the continual regeneration of forest resources. Our approach to forest management is deeply rooted in sustainability, prioritizing the renewal of forest resources and the preservation of natural processes. With a commitment to sustainable forest management, we ensure that the amount of timber harvested is surpassed by the volume of increment, resulting in a constant net increase of the standing volume.

The forest management conducted by the State Forests is a model where the balance between the use of natural resources and their protection translates into lasting and sustainable economic, social, and environmental benefits.

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