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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Greetings from the Europe Section Policy Committee

I am Per Sjögren-Gulve and since January 2020 the Chair of the Europe Section's Policy Committee and also a member of the Section's Board of Directors (BOD).

Here, I would like to start by highlighting a scientific publication: An international study on the negative effects of salvage logging, led by Simon Thorn (Univ. of Würzburg, Germany) *

Simon was one of the panelists at the Committee's panel discussion "Forests at risk: Bialowieza and beyond" at the European Congress of Conservation Biology (ECCBS) 2018 in Jyväskylä. The panel was followed by a same-named conference in Warsaw in the early 2019, organised by Polish forest ecologists and with our section as partner for the scientific programme. The Policy Committee was intensively involved in all this and is now very happy that the paper was published in Nature Communications (!). Congratulations Simon Thorn et al.!

I'd also like to communicate some of the work on the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), its effects and challenges that has highlight some of the PC member Guy Pe'er et al.'s work. For example:
* Action needed for the EU Common Agricultural Policy to address sustainability challenges
* How green is greening? A fine-scale analysis of spatio-temporal dynamics in Germany
* The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy Could Be Spent Much More Efficiently to Address Challenges for Farmers, Climate, and Biodiversity.

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