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World Environment Day - Lunch Lecture: World Forests in 300 Years

5 June 2014

Palais de Nations - Salle XIV (Movie Theatre/Salle Kazakh)


Join UNECE/FAO for a lunch time talk on the future of world forests, on June 5, 2014 at 13:00, in occasion of the World Environment Day:


An event organised by the UNECE/FAO in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva.

On 22 May, to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity, the Acting Director General of UNOG and Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE, Mr. Michael Møller, buried a bottle containing a message to future generations under a tree, in the garden of the Palais. This time capsule is supposed to be found by generations in 300 years, when the tree will die.

But how will the forests look in 300 years? Will there be any left? Will climate change have altered forests distribution and species? How will human population growth and migrations have impacted forest resources?  What will happen to primary forests?

These questions are all key to forest survival, which is ultimately linked to human survival.

Join us for a lunchtime lecture on how forests will look like in 2314 on the occasion of World Environment Day. The event will start at 13:00 in Salle XIV (Movie Theatre/Salle Kazakh) at the Palais de Nations.  

For more info or for a badge to enter the Palais, contact Paolo Cravero

To download the flyer of the event, click here.

You can find the presentations of the event here, here and here.

To access Dr. Blaser's study on the future of forest, please click here.


Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary UNECE

Short intro:
H.E. Amb. Manuel Dengo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations

Key note:
Dr. Jürgen Blaser, Prof. for International Forestry and Climate Change, Bern University of Applied School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences:
“…And I would still plant my apple tree” – Forests in the past, present and future, some thoughts”

Other short interventions:
Ms. Paola Deda, Chief, UNECE-FAO Forestry and Timber Section:  Sustainable management of forests in the ECE region

Mr. Yaroslav Bulych, Environmental Affairs Officer, Environment Division UNECE: UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews and Sustainable Forest Management in the pan European region