:..February 12-15, 2019 :..Warsaw–Białowieża, Poland
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The conference closed 13th January 20019 with the Resolution "Bia這wie瘸 Forest: Hands off and eyes on!" (see PL version). The Resolution urges to stop all forestry operations immediately and to protect the whole Bia這wie瘸 Forest as a National Park. Scientists also encouraged authorities to implement a conservation strategy based on science and on the protection of ecological processes and to develop a program for the sustainable development of the local communities.

Old-growth forests have a high conservation value, but they comprise less than 1% of Europe's forest area. Bia這wie瘸 Forest is the best preserved lowland old-growth that still remains in Europe. It is an invaluable place of high diversity, where natural processes have been operating for twelve thousand years. After the loggings in 2017 were ruled illegal by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Bia這wie瘸 Forest is still at risk.

The conference was attended by about 150 participants from 24 countries. It has been organised by the Society for Conservation Biology-European Section and University of Warsaw in cooperation with the Faculty of Forest Sciences of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, University of Wroc豉w and the Institute of Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Science. Today, part of the participants went on a 2-day field trip to Bia這wie瘸 Forest.


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Forests at risk: Białowieża and beyond - International conference
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