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International conference explores old-growth forests in the context of climate policy

Event | October 12, 2023 | Riga, Latvia & online (hybrid event)

The Latvian State Forest Research Institute Silava is thrilled to announce an upcoming international conference titled “Old-growth forests in the context of climate policy: what is and what is not an old-growth forest?” This prestigious event is designed to foster the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge and research on old-growth forests, with a particular focus on the challenges of defining old-growthness in various forest ecosystems.

Latvia has studied old-growth forests since 2016, assessing tree species and climate impact. The conference is scheduled on October 12, 2023 from 9:30 am – 15:30 pm (CET) (hybrid event). Following the conference, it will be organized a field visit to old-growth forest sites in Latvia for the present participants (October 13, 2023).

Old-growth forests are vital for biodiversity and climate change mitigation, a key focus of the EU’s 2030 Biodiversity Strategy. They aim to protect 30% of EU land, with 10% under strict protection, including old-growth forests. However, defining these forests remains challenging due to data limitations and variations in characteristics.


Registration Details:

  • This conference is open to all interested parties and is free of charge.
  • The working language of the conference is English.
  • The online link for the conference will be sent shortly before the event.


To confirm your participation and express your interest in the field visit, please respond to the provided email address: daiga.zute@silava.lv by October 10, 2023.

The conference promises to be a vital forum for researchers, policymakers, and conservationists to engage in meaningful discussions on old-growth forests and their role in climate policy.