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Dissemination Meetings

IUFRO 125th World Congress

18-23 September 2017, Freiburg, Germany

Incentives for woodland creation to improve water quality: an overview of the initial findings, activities and ambitions of the PESFOR-W COST Action presented by Gregory Valatin (session Chair)



Ireland's Native Woodlands Conference – 20 Years a-Growing

30 April – 1 May 2018, Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland 


Tom Nisbet's presentation EU Cost Action Woodlands and Water: Current initiatives and approach to PES and relevance to native woodlands.


ESP Europe 2018 Regional Conference – Ecosystem services in a changing world moving from theory to practice

15-19 October 2018, San Sebastian, Spain

Woodlands for Water Payments for Ecosystem Services: an overview of initial findings, activities & ambitions of the PESFOR-W COST Action presented by Gregory Valatin (with Tom Nisbet, Zuzana Sarvasova, Lars Högbom, Rik De Vreese, Paola Gatto and Yiying Cao)

IUFRO 126th World Congress

29 September – 5 October 2019, Curitiba, Brazil 

Forests for Water Payments for Ecosystem Services: Evidence and prospects session (E9a) – Assessing the environmental effectiveness, design and governance, and cost-effectiveness of Woodlands for water Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes: activities, findings & ambitions of the PESFOR-W COST Action presented by Greogry Valatin (session Chair).


Assessing of payments for forest ecosystem services – Slovak examples related to water – presented by Martina Sterbova



Visit by Delegation from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China

17th October 2019, Bonn, Germany


PESFORW Chinese delegation



Rik de Vrees gave a presentation to a delegation from the National Development and Reform Commission of China at a meeting hosted by EFI in Bonn on the 17th of October, to discuss Eco-Compensation and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. The Chinese Delegation leader (Mr. Tong Liu) sketched the aim of the visit and the state of art in China. Ms Yuanyuan Song (NDRC) introduced history and policy of ecological compensation in China. Sven Wunder (EFIMED) introduced the topic based on his wide experience in Europe and beyond. Jiali Jin (Emily, Chinese Academy of Forestry, visiting scientist to EFI Bonn) introduced the CLEARING HOUSE project. After lunch, Georg Winkel (head to EFI Bonn) illustrated how PES are implemented as Innovative Mechanisms for managing ecosystem services within the SINCERE project. Finally, Rik De Vreese (WG co-leader in the COST action PESFOR-W) introduced the PESFOR-W COST action network and how the PESFOR-W action is facilitating the implementation of the Water Framework Directive through PES schemes for woodlands.

The Chinese delegation was very interested in the European context of applying PES by forest owners (public or private), the land and forest ownership structure in Europe, the cross-border implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the catchment-driven approach in the WFD.


COST Connect session on the European Green Deal 

2 July 2020, Online event

Launched in 2019, the European Green Deal includes a package of measures for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, preserving Europe's natural environment and investing in cutting-edge research and innovation. Horizon 2020 is supporting a Green Deal related research and innovation call worth close to €1 billion to be launched this autumn. This event focused upon work of six COST Actions relevant to the ambionss of the European Green Deal and feedback from COST Action representatives on the draft call.



UK stakeholder workshop – Potential for developing a Woodland Water Code 

17th November 2020 

UK stakeholder workshop organised by Forest Research on potential for developing a Woodland Water Code held online.  

 Presentation and programme by Gregory Valatin

PESFOR-W & Woodlands for Water Payments for Ecosystem Services schemes – Presentation by G Valatin

State of the art and initial thoughts on developing Woodland for Water Code – Presentation by Tom Nisbet  

Making woodland creation more attractive – The role of markets and standards – Presentation by David Baxter, Director of Operations, EnTrade.

Developing the Peatland Code – Presentation by Emma Goodyer, Programme Leader, IUCN UK Peatland Programme 

NatureBid and potential of Woodland Code – Presentation by Paul Orsi, Director of Operations, Sylva Foundation 

Woodland Carbon Code – Presentation by Pat Snowdon, Scottish Forestry