The idea of a Forum
Forestier Lémanique was warmly welcomed and the wish was expressed,
that this meeting should be followed up.
5.1 The following
issues were raised concerning the scope and objectives:
advantage of the multidimensional nature of the group, which is a comparative
advantage of the FFL
of the ecological, economic and social considerations
from national cases models, which may have broader international application
· Use the
international dimension of the group to inform local foresters
and work on specific issues, e.g. certification, agricultural subsidies,
5.2 The following
activities were identified as suitable for the FFL:
of information among participants using WEB sites and list servers
gaps and propose ideas, which could be followed up by others
between international and local foresters
5.3 LFF structure
agreed that the structure of FFL should be as simple and informal as possible.
Nevertheless, it was recognised that, in case FFL needs to manage money,
a more formal structure would be needed. In consequence a modular development
of the structure can be envisaged. It was also decided to create a steering
group made up of: Jill Bowling, Jean Combe, Chris Elliott, Tim Peck, Kitt
Prins and Rodolphe Schlaepfer. This steering group was asked to prepare the
next meeting, including submission of concrete proposals for the future of
It was agreed
that FFL should be open to French colleagues (Willem Pleines offered to propose
names), representatives of industry, and broader participation of local foresters.
The chairman invited all participants to propose names. It was also agreed
not to interpret the geographical scope of the Lemanic region too narrowly.
was agreed that one to two meeting per year is appropriate.
The next meeting
will be held in principle in October. Daniel Zimmermann proposed as
theme “Forest Management Theory and Practice: the example of the Canton de
Vaud” and Jean Combe offered to host the meeting in his forest in Vallorbe.
These were welcomed and thanked by the chairman.
Lunch was offered
by WWF International. Daniel Zimmermann and Sylvain Meier kindly guided the
participants on the visit to Aubonne Arboretum.
Byjasson, Chris Elliott and Rodolphe Schlaepfer
- Summary of Chris
- List of participants