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8:00 am - 5:00 pm

If forest losses continue to increase due to intensified felling and the climate crisis, many ecosystem services in forests threaten to falter. Join us as we tackle the question of sustainable forest management with best practice examples from Austria and explore what are the main challenges to combat illegal deforestation in Greece and Romania. 


This event is part of the Green European Foundations project Deforestation and Climate Change with the support of FREDA and the Green Institute Greece and it follows the three events held in March 2021 on productive reforestation, climate change, desertification, erosion and the EU Recovery and Resilience Fund and one in May 2021 on Agroforestry & Ancient Forest Protection.

About the event

This event will gather experts in the fields of nature conservation, forestry policy and deforestation activists and will provide best practice examples from a Sustainable Woodshop – Thoma Holz – Gesund und nachhaltig wohnen mit Holz. During the event, our green partners will also present a report produced based on the outcomes gathered in the previous three events organised by GEF and the Greek Green Institute. The focus of these previous webinars was mainly on productive reforestation in Greece and will show best practice examples from all over Europe.



Wednesday 6th April

Arrival of participants until 12:00

A welcome snack will be provided

13:00 – 15:00 Thoma Tour – Thoma Holz – Gesund und nachhaltig wohnen mit Holz

15:30 – 18:00 Presentations of best practices and the Reforestation publication and exchange

18:30 – 19:30 Dinner

20:00  Film screening

Thursday 7th April

9:00 – 10:00 Networking Breakfast

10:30 – 11:30 Tour of Castle Goldegg

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch



  • Dagmar Tutschek – Chairwoman (FREDA), Co-President (Green European Foundation) – Introduction
  • Rigas Tsiakiris, Forest Ecologist, Scientific Committee of the Green Institute Greece
  • Kalliopi Stara, Researcher, Department of Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina
  • Matthias Schickhofer, Conservationist, book author, photographer
  • Bogdan Barbu, Environmental activist and Co-President of a newly formed green-minded party in Romania
  • Simon Heilig-Hofbauer, Salzburg Greens
  • Erwin Thoma, Chief Executive Officer, Ing. Erwin Thoma Holz GmbH; Entrepreneur; Author



Date and time: 6-7th April

Audience: Deforestation & Climate Change Project partners, GEF Partners, interested stakeholders

Venue & Accommodation: the event will take place at Thoma Holz and study visits will be organised to explore different sustainable woodshop best practices.

Registrations: Registrations are now open <<


Audio visual materials

Productive reforestation for living rural landscapes – Publication

In this publication you will find concrete recommendations on how to address the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss through policy change in the agricultural and forestry sectors, with agroforestry systems as part of the solution.



This project is organised by the Green European Foundation with the support of FREDA and Green Institute Greece with the financial support of the European Parliament to the Green European Foundation. The European Parliament is not responsible for the content of this event

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