the International Co-operative Programme on Assessment and Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Forests operating under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution.
ICP Forests was launched in 1985 under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) due to the growing public awareness of possible adverse effects of air pollution on forests. ICP Forests monitors the forest condition in Europe, in cooperation with the European Union using two different monitoring intensity levels. The first grid (called Level I) is based on around 6000 observation plots on a systematic transnational grid of 16 x 16 km throughout Europe. The intensive monitoring level comprises around 500 Level II plots in selected forest ecosystems in Europe. Currently 41 countries participate in the ICP Forests.
in order to satisfy still pending information needs we put the latest letter of our Chairman Prof. Michael Köhl, which was sent to all NFCs, Ministries and EP Chairs this week.
Posted by Walter Seidling on November 12, 2013 at 14:59
As already posted above, our PCC has moved from the former Thünen Institute of World Forestry (Hamburg-Bergedorf, Germany) to the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems (Eberswalde, Germany). For the sake of high transparency we would like to put an official translation of the German press release: 131001_Neues%20Institut_en-1.doc
Posted by Walter Seidling on November 11, 2013 at 14:58
The Special Issue of Forest Ecology and Management based on the papers arising from the ICP Scientific Conference 2012 held in Warsaw is now in press. The SI include five papers plus one editorial. They are listed below and can be accessed on line:
Ferretti M., Schaub M. Monitoring European Forests – Detecting and Understanding Changes. Forest Ecology and Management, Forest Ecol. Manage. (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2013.08.027
Cools, N., et al. Tree species is the major factor explaining C:N ratios in European forest soils. Forest Ecol. Manage. (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2013.06.047
Etzold, S., et al. Tree growth in Swiss forests between 1995 and 2010 in relation to climate and stand conditions: Recent disturbances matter. Forest Ecol. Manage.…Continue
Posted by Marco Ferretti on October 23, 2013 at 10:18
The International Cross Calibration Course on Crown Condition for Mediterranean Countries was held in Italy, hosted by the structures of the School of National forest Service “Marsiliana” (Follonica) from 30th September to 2nd October. The Course has been organized by Italian forest Service in cooperation with the University of Florence and the Soc. Linnaea - Florence.
Four Countries accepted the invite to participate (Italy, Croatia, Spain, Turkey) with a prevision of 19 participants. Turkish delegation didn’t participate at last minute due their internal decision.
First day was spent in a work meeting where participants gave an overview of Forests Health condition in their Countries (Mr. Enrico Pompei for Italy, Mrs. Maria Belen Torres Martinez for Spain, Mr. Nenad Potocic for Croatia). After, Mr. Nenad Potocic reported news from Expert Panel on “Crown condition”. At the end there was a preliminary discussion for a Project proposal on “Invasive Alien species” in…Continue