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WEBINAR Contingency plans and early warning systems – how can they help protect forests?

2021-11-24 @ 11:00 - 14:00 CET

FAO and REUFIS present


Contingency plans and early warning systems – how can they help protect forests?


Forests face new continuous threats from both native pest species with changing biology and behaviour, as well as from non-native, invasive species; the latter of which are often very difficult to manage.Recognizing this issue, the Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS) has created a platform where scientists, forest managers and policymakers can share information and coordinate activities related to forest invasive species.

Early warning/early action (EWEA) systems are valuable tools to mitigate potentially detrimental events such as pest and disease outbreaks through preventative activities. Contingency plans both generic and pest-specific also have the potential to enable more rapid and efficient response to pest incursions and outbreaks. Well formulated EWEA systems and contingency plans provide better preparedness and guidance to industries, scientists, regulators, communities and public on what actions to take and how to implement them in an event of an incursion or outbreak as well as how to recover from after such event. Both EWEA systems and contingency plans can support forest health and resilience towards pest outbreaks.

The webinar will:

  • Raise awareness and preparedness for future pest and disease outbreaks in our forests.
  • Introduce contingency planning and implementation.
  • Share experiences on early warning systems and contingency planning.


Shiroma Sathyapala

Forestry Officer, FAO HQ



Ferenc Lakatos
Secretary of REUFIS
University of Sopron, Hungary

Andrea Battisti

University of Padova, Italy

Yuriy Skrylnyk
Ukrainian Research Institute of Forestry and Forest Melioration, Ukraine

Giorgi Berechikidze
LEPL National Forestry Agency, Georgia

Henrik Thurfjell
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Natalia I. Kirichenko
Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RAS, Federal Research Center “Krasnoyarsk Science Center of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, Russian Federation

Norbert Winkler-Ráthonyi
Forestry Officer, FAO REU

Join the discussion on
Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 11:00 – 14:00 CET

Please register to follow the virtual event through the Zoom conferencing platform, simultaneous interpretation in Russian will be provided.



11:00 - 14:00 CET
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