17 OCTOBER 2013 / SNF Supported the Scientific Conference on “Restoration of Forest Ecosystems and Landscapes after natural disasters or other human-induced disturbances”

The scientific conference “Restoration of Forest Ecosystems and Landscapes after natural disasters or other human-induced disturbances” took place in Athens on October 14th and October 15th. The conference was organized by the Greek Organization for the Development of Beneficial Causes, in conjunction with the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems and Forest Products Technology and the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation supported the Greek Organization for the Development of Beneficial Causes for the reforestation of 136,000 square meters of Penteli mountain, an area that was burned in 1997 and subsequently became eroded and degraded. Furthermore the Stavros Niarchos Foundation was the exclusive donor of the scientific conference. 

The conference functioned as an interactive workshop for the exchange of ideas and expertise, with the ultimate aim of compiling a comprehensive manual consisting of instructions, basic principles, specifications and good practices for the restoration of undermined forest ecosystems and landscapes following fires or mining activities. 

The interactive meeting included the exploration of two (2) basic thematic units, as well as approximately thirty (30) different lectures and speeches, whereby dozens of Greek and international academics, researchers specializing in ecosystem development and natural resources, forest scientists and environmentalists presented best case studies for the restoration of burned forest sites, cases of successful post-fire management, and international practices for the development of a complete soil improvement system for the restoration of undermined ecosystems, and finally discussed the impact of climate change on the risk of forest fires in Greece. 

The results and conclusions of the scientific conference will be posted once available www.fria.gr and www.ypeka.gr , respectively.