|Harmonisation of National Forest Inventories in Europe: Techniques for Common Reporting|
WORK PLANS OF THE WORKGROUPS
WORK PLAN 2004 - 2008
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of the COST Action E43 "Harmonisation of National Forest Inventories in Europe: Techniques for Common Reporting" entered into the force on June 10, 2004. The first Management Committee (MC) meeting was held in Brussels on June 28-29, 2004. A Draft Work Plan, prepared on the basis of MoU, was presented, discussed and revised during the meeting. This Work Plan was further developed by the Steering Committee (SC) in Helsinki on July 15-16, 2004, and also after this meeting. Prof. Erkki TOMPPO (Finland) was elected as the Chairman of the Action and Dr. Klemens SCHADAUER (Austria) as Vice-Chairman. In the first MC meeting, three Working Groups (WG) were established. The elected leaders and deputy leaders are, respectively, Dr. Claude VIDAL (France), Dr. Adrian LANZ (Switzerland), Prof. Göran STÅHL (Sweden), Dr Emil CIENCIALA (Czech Republic), Dr. Annemarie BASTRUP-BIRK (Denmark) and Prof. Marco MARCHETTI (Italy). The Steering Committee is composed of these eight persons.
The work plan is outlined on the basis of the MoU.
The objectives of the Action are:
The ultimate goal of the Action is to build up the forestry information services on the national level inventories in order to get maximised benefits from inventories and maximised advantage of local knowledge and requirements together with international requirements. The goal is also to maximise the synergy between NFIs and European and global level processes and policies that require forestry information.
To achieve its objectives, the Action will
The objectives of the work will be met through the activities done in the Working Groups (WG), through seminars, workshops and other meetings.
The Working Groups of the Action will collect and distribute information in currently applied definitions, measurement practices and methods to improve the dialogue between NFIs on one hand and between NFIs and NFI data users on the other, and to promote the use of harmonised definitions, measurement practices and scientifically sound methods. The practical work of WGs and the Action consists of the following phases
Meetings for Working Groups, Management Committee and Steering Committee, as well as, seminars and workshops will be organised to plan, carry out and coordinate these activities.
Training courses in practical work will be organised to promote the harmonisation of the definitions and to activate the use of modern and efficient techniques in data collection and analysis.
Short Term Scientific Missions will be organised to provide possibilities to exchange experiences and to learn practices in of different inventory systems for young scientists.