17 June 2022 – WWF Hungary organized the first meeting for their private forest owner partners within the CLIMAFORCEELIFE project on 16-17 June 2022. The meeting took place in Bükkszék and Bátor. First the participants attended the presentation about how forests affect climate by László Báder, PhD candidate at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Afterwards, the participants visited two demonstration sites near Bátor (Northeast Hungary) where the owner of the site, Tamás Frank introduced his forest and the climate adaptation concept for these sites. The forests consist of pinus sylvestris (Scots pine) and pinus nigra (Black pine) which are planned to be transformed to mostly mixed forests of broadleaves tree species to adapt more to climate challenges.
On the second day of the visit, participants went to see one of the demonstration sites of the LIFE4Oak Forests project in Kerecsend (Bükk National Park) where forestry measures to be applied within the CLIMAFORCEELIFE project have already been implemented, and can be transferred to application on the foresters’ sites.