New perspectives of the development of agroforestry

October 23, 2018

     Ministry of agriculture of Hungary, under auspices of FOREST EUROPE and FAO, hosted an international workshop «Understanding the contribution of agroforestry to landscape resilience in Europe» on October 9-10, 2018.

     The workshop is organized with the aim to put into practice the Madrid Ministerial Resolution 2 Protection of forests in changing environment, adopted at the Seventh Ministerial Conference on Protection of Forests in Europe held in October 2015 in Madrid. The ministers responsible for forests management to climate change to prevent and mitigate damages caused by changing conditions at the local and regional scales in order to secure all functions of European forests, including their resilience to natural hazards and protection against human-induced threats, maintaining their productive and protective functions.

     The delegation from Ukraine was presented by members of the department of forest amelioration and agroforestry of NUBiP of Ukraine, professor Vasyl Yuhnovskyi, assistant professor Hanna Lobchenko, a postgraduate student Yurii Ivanenko; and, vice head of Ukrainian Research Institute of forestry and agroforestry of State Agency of Forestry of Ukraine Nataliia Vysotska.

     In modern world, agroforestry is an important approach of climate change, promoting cultivating of ruined lands and providing life and food safety for people. The main goal of this workshop was to share modern knowledge and make new links of cooperation and understanding between agricultural and forest sectors to enhance landscape resilience.
     Participants from Austria, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Germany, Hungary, France, Turkey and Ukraine made their speeches during the workshop. The presentation of the Ukrainian delegation «The experience and perspectives of agroforestry in Ukraine» was particularly interesting.

     There were also some parallel discussions about main barriers and driving forces of the further development of agroforestry both for Mediterranean regions and moderate climate ones; promoting agroforestry in order to support the adaptation to climate change through intersectoral cooperation, education and science and mutual policy. Participants visited a forest land with conventional management and lands with a specific management, experimental agroforestry lands.

     The workshop resulted in developing recommendations for further development of agroforestry in Europe. The decision is important for Ukraine that taking into account many years of experience of countries which are not a part of European Union that is Ukraine and Switzerland. In this context, we discussed options of cooperation such as doing research projects of NUBiP of Ukraine in «Horizon 2020».

Oleksandra Leshchenko,
head of international programs of Education and Research Institute of Forestry and Park Gardening  


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