Forest Day 2 in Poznan
14th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) together with the 4th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP 4) were held on 1-12 December 2008 in Poznan.
COP 14 is the most prestigious world forum for political negotiations in the field of climate protection. The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its host - the government of Poland. The Ministry of the Environment coordinated the preparations.
The first day of Forest Day 2 was devoted to a debate in the form of a session accompanying proceedings concerning achievements of Poland and Polish State Forests National Forest Holding in a sustainable forest management and activities of LP for mitigation of climate change in national and international context.COP 14 was accompanied by many events among which there was one very important to the forestry-wood sector, i.e. Forest Day 2organized on 6 and 7 December at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. It was an initiative of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and international organizations and institutions collaborating within the framework of so-called Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) leaded by FAO. Polish State Forests National Forest Holding (LP) was co-organizer of this event.
Polish scientists and State Forests Director General - dr Marian Pigan presented their papers during the session. Professor Kazimierz Rykowski from the Forest Research Institute presented the achievements of the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe which was held in 2007 in Warsaw. In the paper entitled "Wood and its substitutes; wood as a source of energy" Asst. Prof. Ewa Ratajczak, DSc, Deputy Director of the Wood Technology Institute, presented possibilities of substituting wood for materials causing emission of greenhouse gases such as concrete, steel or plastics and discussed the issue of wood as a renewable energy source. Dr Marian Pigan talked about the impact of sustainable forest management on the mitigation of climate effects taking as an example activities of State Forests (LP).
The whole second day of FD 2 was devoted to study tours organized by LP. During these study tours the activities in Polish forests for climate change mitigation were presented, including regeneration and afforestation, conversion of stands, biodiversity enhancement, fire prevention in forests, and forest education of the society.