Conference Programme

31st of January  – preliminary event

19.00 Movie night at Ülemiste Centre, Apollo Cinema

“Wild Heart of Europe  – The Return of an Ancient Forest”/"Der Wilde Wald" (in English, subtitles in Estonian) and comments by biologist Urmas Tartes (in Estonian). If you are interested in taking part, of the preliminary event, please write

1st of February  – conference in Tallinn University conference center and in Web*  (Time Zone GMT+2)

9.30 coffee

10.00 opening and introduction of the program by Siim Angerpikk, moderator of the conference

10.10 opening speech by Madis Kallas, Minister of Environment

10.20 opening speech by Erik Moora, Member of the Council of the Estonian Fund for Nature

10.30 presentation of the Young Conservationist Award by Tarmo Tüür, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Estonian Fund for Nature

10.40 presentation on “The state of Estonian forest birds”  by Asko Lõhmus, Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Tartu

11.05 presentation on “The hidden side of forests  – distribution of biomass and carbon underground” 
by Ivika Ostonen, Professor of Root Ecology at the University of Tartu

11.40 BREAK

12.00 presentations and discussion on “Finding and protecting the values of old forests  – examples from Estonia and Latvia” by Jānis Ķuze, ornithologist and Member of the Board of Latvian Fund for Nature and an ornithologist, and Renno Nellis, project manager for the inventory of Woodland Key Habitats (WKH) at the Estonian Naturalists Society

12.35 presentation on “The Swedish Forest ecosystem after 60 years of clear-cutting forestry” by Sebastian Kirppu, forest biologist, association Skydda Skogen – Protect the Forest

13.00 LUNCH

13.50  presentation on " What will the renewed EU climate policy bring?  by Mart Kiis,  Climate Adviser, Ministry of the Environment

presentation on "Carbon cycle in old forests" – by Asko Noormets,  Professor of  Forest Ecology,  Texas A&M University

 presentation on "Continuous cover forestry – why and how? The climate benefits" by Annukka Valkeapää,  Executive Director of the Finnish Continuous Cover Forestry Association Silva


15.05 BREAK


15.30 presentation on “Forests of the North Wind” by Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo, photographers who have been capturing forests for three decades

16.05 presentation on “Perspectives of a digital forester” by Madis Katz, small forest owner and local community spokesperson regarding areas of high public interest

16.30 panel discussion on “Wandering around in the woods can lead one to arrive” by Peeter Laurits,  artist and the curator of the Biotoopia conference; Liis Kuresoo, forest expert at Estonian Fund for Nature; Marju Kõivupuu,  folklorist, cultural historian and Associate Professor at Tallinn University

17.15 Summary 

17.25 End of conference

* Estonian presentations will be translated
* program may be subject to change