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 in Europe at two monitoring intensity levels:

The Level I monitoring is based on around 6000 observation plots 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 around 500 plots in selected forest ecosystems with the aim to clarify cause-effect relationships.

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

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Award for ICP Forests Brief

Alexa Michel from PCC and co-authors were awarded the Thünen Research Prize for Excellence in Target Group-Oriented Work by the Society of the Friends of the Thünen Institute for their concept and realisation of the ICP Forests Brief.

On Monday, 9th Dec 2019, the winners of the Thünen Research Awards 2019 were awarded as part of the first "Thünen Day". One out of five prizes was given to Alexa Michel, Inken Krüger, Anne-Katrin Prescher, Tanja Sanders, Andreas Schmitz and Walter Seidling for ICP Forests Brief: Publishing a new international publication series on European forest monitoring for better communication between science, politics and society. In representation…

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Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on December 11, 2019 at 14:00

ICP Forests and EANET delegates met in a joint workshop in Japan

On 21st November and 22nd November 2019, ICP Forests colleagues met delegates from the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) in a joint "Workshop on regional impact assessment of atmospheric deposition and air pollution on forest ecosystems" in Niigata, Japan. The workshop was initiated by Hiroyuki Sase in cooperation with ICP Forests chair Marco Ferretti to share and compare the European knowledge and experience with colleagues from EANET, and to promote further co-operation in the future. From the ICP Forests community, chair Marco Ferretti, head of…

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Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on November 27, 2019 at 11:30

ICP Forests at the XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019

Last week, the XXV IUFRO World Congress took place in Curitiba, Brazil.

One highlight was the very successful session on “Long-Term Forest Monitoring Networks for Evaluating Responses to Environmental Change” organised and chaired by the ICP Forests Scientific Committee chair Marcus Schaub, co-chair Lars Vesterdal, EANET partner Hiroyuki Sase and ICP Forests chair Marco Ferretti. In addition, several oral and poster presentations were presented by members of the ICP Forests community representing the broad range of research activities in the programm.

Thank you to all presenters, organisers and authors!

Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on October 7, 2019 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

7th Meeting of the heads of the laboratories in Brasov / Romania

Together with 30 participants from 16 countries we had a successful meeting of the heads of the labs in Brasov/Romania from 5th till 6th of September 2019! The meeting was very well organized by Dora Lucaci and her team. We discussed the results of the last ring tests (water, foliage and soil). Limits for heavy metals (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn) in water samples were fixed and water ringtest will be performed annually. The future of aqua regia digestion from soil samples with microwave, mercury deposition samplers and determination of mercury in these samples were presented and discussed. Three presentations about phosphorous and phosphorous fractions in soil were given. The final version of the ICP-Forests Manual update was presented and the verification of the submitted data from the LQA file was started. The next meeting will take place in Birmensdorf/Switzerland in September 2021.…

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Posted by Alfred FÜRST on September 24, 2019 at 10:00

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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.

What is the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) or Integrated Pest Control (IPC), what is its role in protecting our Environment?

I would like to ask on IPM and how benefits us in protecting the environment?Continue

Started by Mohamed Dadamouny Dec 19, 2016.

 
 
 

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