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Rome, 23rd-24th June 2011


The Congress has been successfully held at the Pontifical Urbaniana University on the 23rd and 24th June 2011.
The Organising Institutions, the Scientific Committee and the Organising Team address their special thanks to the invited speakers, to the authors and to the participants who joined and actively contributed to the success of the event.

In the "Congress follow-up" section are already available most of the presentations we had in the Congress.
Other contents and materials will be uploaded in few days.



In the last few decades, the role of forest has become more and more important in a perspective of socio-economical development of rural and mountain areas and within the environmental protection strategies.
Great attention is today paid by society and by international/national policies to environmental protection. This attention extends today forest functions beyond the production objectives, involving new issues and challenges such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, energy production, water cycle management, soil erosion and desertification containment, natural risks prevention and forest historical-cultural landscape management.
In this context, considering the new importance held by the forest sector within the European Policy for Rural Development:

  1. what will be the destiny of the forests in Europe?
  2. which are the orientations of rural development policies concerning the forest sector for the 2013-2020 programming period?

The two-day proposed congress aims at analysing, describing and getting acquainted with the actions provided for forests and for the forest sector by Rural Development, identifying strengthens, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and proposing ideas and suggestions for the present and future Common Program.áRead more



loghi partner IUFROEFI - European Forest InstituteCorpo Forestale dello StatoFAO PQSF - Italian forest program European Network for Rural Development Italian National Rural Network Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentari e forestali Consiglio per la ricerca e la sperimentazione in agricoltura