The last workshop of the LIFE HEALTHY FOREST project, “Emerging forest diseases and innovative control strategies”, took place on September 19 and 20 in Arkaute, with a great success among the audience of the Basque Country’s forestry sector. The two-day event, organised of the project coordinator NEIKER, counted with the participation of almost a hundred representatives from the sector.

On the first day of the Workshop, after the presentations of the project’s results delivered by some members of the project team (Eugenia Iturritxa, Alejandro Cantero and Patrick Schratz), the participants had the opportunity to learn about the work carried out in two other LIFE projects (Tomás Sánchez and Ignacio Buesa of the LIFE FOREST C02 and LIFE Climatree projects). In addition, experts from forestry associations and from the regional government took part in the event (Fernando Azurmendi, Association of Foresters of Bizkaia and Aitor Omar of the Forestry Service of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia). Finally, two guest speakers from New Zealand shared their experiences in the management of issues related to forest diseases and their control (Jenny Aitken, New Zealand Forest Association and Bill Dyck, New Zealand Forest Association Biosecurity Manager).

During the second day, the participants visited some project pilot plots, where different treatments have been applied to test the effectiveness against pine needle diseases in Elorrio.

LIFE HEALTHY FOREST, co-financed by the LIFE Programme, develops an innovative and unique integrated system to the early detection and evaluation of the impact of forest decline through the combination of expertise areas, encompassing from molecular to remote sensing techniques. This system is being implemented at regional scale across the three provinces of the Basque Country, as knowledge base for the EU Forest and Biodiversity policy.

LIFE HEALTHY FOREST is one of the 96 projects selected by the LIFE programme out of the 1117 applications received by the European Commission within the Environment & Resource Efficiency Subprogramme in the first call for projects for the period 2014-2020.