International conference


WWF Hungary and its partners in the LIFEinFORESTS project organize a professional forestry conference, in order to provide an extensive forum to learn and share experiences about sustainable forest management and forest treatment at Natura 2000 sites. Hungarian and European experts will present the most up-to-date results and practices of sustainable forest management from Hungary and from the EU. Furthermore, the conference program will include complementary study trips in the field and a poster exhibition.

Time and venue:

21-22 MARCH 2017
SOPRON, HUNGARY / University of Sopron
(former University of West Hungary)

Address: 1 Cházár András square, 9400 Sopron


Conference agenda

20 March, Monday (Day 0) - Social programme

17:00- Sopron sightseeing and wine tasting of excellent regional wines at own expenses

Meeting time and venue for the sightseeing walk: 17:00, 9400 Sopron, Széchenyi square, Hungarian flagpole (At Széchenyi tér – Várkerület junction)

Time and venue for wine tasting: 18:30. Prinyő Winehouse (Koronázó domb 22., 9400 Sopron)


21 March, Tuesday (Day 1)

8:30- Registration

9:30 – 9:50 Welcome and introduction to the day

  • Dr. András Bidló, University of Sopron, vice-dean
  • Dr. László Gálhidy, WWF Hungary

9:50 – 10:30 Plenary session I.

  • Natura 2000 and Forests - Zoltán Rakonczay, European Commission - DG Environment, Policy Officer
  • Examples of Natura 2000 forest management: European overview. – Paweł Pawlaczyk, Klub Przyrodników (Poland)

10:30 – 10:50 Coffee break

10:50 – 12:15 Plenary session I.

  • Integration of Natura 2000 objectives into close to nature forest management - the Slovenian model –  Živan Veselič, Slovenia Forest Service (Slovenia).
  • Nature conservation and forest management in Steigerwald – Ulrich Mergner, Bayerische Staatforsten (Germany)
  • Natura 2000 objectives in protected areas - Kalkalpen National Park – Dr. Erich Mayrhofer, Kalkalpen National Park (Austria)
  • LIFE programme & Forests - Best Practices - Lucie Trokanová, NEEMO – LIFE Communication Expert

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:00 – 13:30 Poster session

13:30 – 15:30 Plenary session II.

  • Natura 2000 forest management in Hungary: 13 years of experience – Dr. Ildikó Varga, Ministry of Agriculture, Dept. of Nature Conservation
  • Progress of Natura 2000 objectives in forest sites – Dr. Gergely Király, University of Sopron
  • Application of Natura 2000 prescriptions – Dr. Gábor Tímár, Government Office for Heves County, Forestry Directorate
  • Why Natura 2000 is important for private forest owners? – József Duska, National Association of Private Forest Owners and Forest Managers
  • Experiences of Continuous Cover Forestry – Péter Csépányi, Pilis Park Forest Ltd.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:45 Parallel symposium sessions

  1. Issues of forest management in Natura 2000 sites (available in English)
    • Chair: Tamás Frank (Bükk National Park Directorate)
      • Achieving of Natura 2000 objectives through traditional and close-to-nature forest management – Kálmán Partos, Mecsekerdő Zrt.
      • Achieving of Natura 2000 objectives in private forest management - Péter Laczkó, forestry manager
  2. The possibilities of nature conservation development (available in English)
    • Chair: Dr. Tibor Markovics (Őrség National Park Directorate)
      • Questions in sustaining forest habitats of Community importance.   – Dr. Ferenc Szmorad, forestry engineer
      • Recommendations for the protection of strictly protected large forest bird species, Attila Králl, BirdLife Hungary
      • Patterns, conservation values and the developmental potential of the sand forest-steppe in the Danube-Tisza Interflow region – Dr. Csaba Vadász, Kiskunság National Park Directorate; Ábel Molnár, Szent István University
  3. Legal framework, subsidy systems (available only in Hungarian)
    • Chair: József Duska (National Association of Private Forest Owners and Forest Managers)
      • Natura 2000 subsidy systems  - Tamás Lapos, Forestry Directorate – National Food Chain Safety Office

17:45 – 18:00 Technical break

18:00 – 19:00 Closing plenary session.

19:00- Evening reception


22 March, Wednesday (Day 2)

8:00 – 14:00 Field trip programme in the forests around Sopron

14:00 – 14:10 Closing words at the conference venue

14:10 – 15:00 Lunch


- The language of the conference is Hungarian and English. Simultaneous Hungarian-English interpreting will be provided throughout all conference sessions including the field trip, except for the single Hungary specific symposium.

- Catering is provided throughout the conference free-of-charge for the registered participants .

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The organizers reserve the right to make changes to the conference program.

If you need any information about the conference, get in touch with the organizers at konferencia@lifeinforests.eu.



Participation in the conference is free of charge, but registration is mandatory.

Deadline for conference registration: 13th March 2017, 12:00.



Conference programme

Day 0

Would you like to participate in the walking tour and the following wine tasting at my own expenses?

Day 1

In which parallel symposium sessions would you like to participate? (16:00-17:45)

Day 2

Would you like to participate the field trip? (8:00-14:00)


Day 1

What kind of menu would you like for lunch?

What kind of menu would you like for the evening reception?

Day 2

What kind of menu would you like for lunch?