Welcome to ICP Forests

A programme aiming at a comprehensive compilation of information on the condition of forests in Europe and beyond

The International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests (ICP Forests) was launched in 1985 under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention, formerly CLRTAP) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

ICP Forests monitors forest condition at two monitoring intensity levels:

The Level I monitoring is based on 5663 observation plots (as at 2020) on a systematic transnational grid of 16 x 16 km throughout Europe and beyond to gain insight into the geographic and temporal variations in forest condition.

The Level II intensive monitoring comprises 633 plots (as at 2019) in selected forest ecosystems with the aim to clarify cause-effect relationships.

At present 42 countries in Europe and beyond participate in ICP Forests.

Blog Posts

Joint Expert Panel Meeting successfully held in Prague, 5-7 April 2022

We thank Vít Šrámek and his colleagues from the Czech Forestry and Game Management Research Institute for organizing this year's Joint Expert Panel Meeting in Prague, 5-7 April 2022.

Participants were very grateful for meeting in person again after two years of online meetings under the COVID19-pandemic and appreciated peaceful dialogue and transnational co-operation.

We welcome three colleagues as new Expert Panel Co-Chairs (to be confirmed at the next TFM):

  • EP Deposition - Andreas Schmitz, State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia (LANUV) - final decision still pending
  • EP Growth - Monika Vejpustková, Forestry and Game Management Research Institute (FGMRI)
  • EP Meteo/Phenology/LAI - Lothar Zimmermann, Bavarian State Institute…

Posted by Alexa Michel on April 8, 2022 at 15:00

FORECOMON 2022 - Postponed to 2023!

Due to the political situation in Europe determined by the Russian attack to Ukraine, we are no longer able to host the anticipated meetings with LUKE in Finland. We are aware that this may cause several inconveniences on your side, for which we apologize.

The 38th Task Force Meeting of ICP Forests will be held as an online meeting under the organization of the Programme Co-ordinating Centre of ICP Forests.

The FORECOMON 2022, however, will be postponed to 2023.

The ICP Forests Chair, Programme Co-ordinating Centre, and ICP Forests Scientific Committee would like to express their deepest gratitude to the local organizers Päivi Merilä and Liisa Ukonmaanaho, as well as to all LUKE colleagues involved, for their work in preparing the meeting. We hope to benefit from this great effort and continue our fruitful and constructive cooperation next year, for FORECOMON 2023.

Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on April 6, 2022 at 11:30

Webinar: Monitoring and Assessing Forest Health by Forest Europe and ICP Forests - 21 March 2022 - 13:00-14:30

This webinar in cooperation between Forest Europe and ICP Forests will focus on

(1) the policy-making perspective of forest health monitoring, current criteria and indicators, and future needs for decision-making,

(2) the state-of-the-art developments in the field from terrestrial and remote technologies,

(3) a case study, share lessons learnt and limitations.

Finally, a panel will discuss common challenges and opportunities, specifically how to improve the information transfer between policy-science-practice.

Keynote Speakers

  • Jens Haertel – FOREST EUROPE
  • Dr Marco Ferretti – Chairperson of ICP Forests
  • Dr Päivi Merilä – Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Additional panelists

  • Dr…

Posted by Alexa Michel on February 11, 2022 at 17:30

FORECOMON 2022 - Submission of abstracts opened

This year's FORECOMON 2022 "Forest dynamics in the Anthropocene – Integrated monitoring toward a whole system approach" will be held in Helsinki, Finland, 30 May - 1 June 2022 hosted by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Now, the abstract submission for the FORECOMON 2022 is open.
The deadline for abstract submission is …

Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on February 8, 2022 at 14:00


Soil spectroscopy

Dear colleagues,as topicality is rising on application of soil spectroscopy for routine analysis by utilizing own created or shared spectral libraries, I am interested if someone could share their knowledge on instrumentation choice? Could someone…Continue

Started by Aldis Butlers Dec 19, 2019.

Choosing brands for some instruments 1 Reply

Dear colleagues,It is planned to purchase a new mill, Kjeldahl Steam Distillation System for N analysis and combined system to analyze pH, EC and alkalinity for water samples for my lab. 1. There are two mills in our lab. One of them is Retsch ZM200…Continue

Started by Rabia GUNHAN. Last reply by Robert Menegotto Apr 30, 2018.


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