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 5852 observation plots (as at 2019) 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 623 plots (as at 2018) in selected forest ecosystems with the aim to clarify cause-effect relationships.
At present 42 countries in Europe and beyond participate in ICP Forests.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL for a smooth virtual TFM with 76 participants from 28 countries, including presenters from other bodies under the Convention and external guests.
Posted by Alexa Michel on June 16, 2020 at 16:00
Because of the severe restrictions many countries have imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, the organizing team of the 9th Scientific Conference and 36th Task Force Meeting of ICP Forests have decided
to hold the 36th ICP Forests Task Force Meeting as a video conference on 11-12 June 2020, and
to postpone the 9th ICP Forests Scientific Conference to 7-9 June 2021
with a post-conference excursion on 11-12 June 2021.
We deeply regret these circumstances but will be happy to welcome you to Zurich in 2021.
on behalf of the ICP Forests Programme Co-ordinating Centre
Posted by Alexa Michel on April 3, 2020 at 20:30
Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 spreading over Europe, the Swiss organisers of this year's 9th Scientific Conference and 36th Task Force Meeting, scheduled for 8 - 13 June 2020, published the following statement (Link).
We thank the local organisers and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL for the up-date and hope the situation across Europe relaxes soon!
Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on March 11, 2020 at 14:00
Unfortunately, the Combined Expert Panel Meeting in Kutna Hora, Czechia, next week was cancelled due to the increased risk of infection with COVID-19.
This was decided by the EP chairs and co-chairs on Meteorology, Phenology and Leaf Area Index; Forest Growth; Ambient Air Quality; Biodiversity and Ground Vegetation, the local organizers and the PCC of ICP Forests after an intensive discussion in the last two days.
We want to express our sincere gratitude to our colleague Vít Sramek and the whole organising team from the Czech Forestry and Game Management Research Institute for all their hard work and efforts in preparing and organising this meeting!
Posted by Anne-Katrin Prescher on March 4, 2020 at 11:15
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