The Law Faculty, in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Forest Fires, supported by the College of Food, Farming and Forestry (F3) of Universidade de Lisboa, is organising an Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Forests and the New Legislative Package, on the17 th of November, starting at 14.00, with the objective of stimulating a wide and inclusive debate which questions expectations, behaviour, and policies.
Two ISEG professors will be speaking – Professor Amélia Branco and Professor João Ferreira do Amaral.
The event will take place in Amphitheatre 4 of the Law Faculty, Universidade de Lisboa, from 13.45 to 19.00.
In a country that has forest fires every year, where the ownership of forestry is fragmented, poorly registered, and poorly managed, and where tree diseases flourish, as does the planting of exotic species, the national production only supplies 80% of the industry's needs. Furthermore, millions of hectares are abandoned, and the valuation of forest production and market outlets is weak, with an over-bureaucratic process for licensing forests. Thus a profound change in the national forest policy is required.
This year, on International Forest Day, the Council of Ministers of the current Government approved a series of forest reform measures in response to the considerable challenges facing Portugal in this sector, which are based on three areas of intervention: forest planning and management; property ownership, and; forest fire prevention. In view of the enormity and complexity of the challenge which demands the creation of new institutes and legal instruments and the simplification of others, as well as a redistribution of the responsibilities, competencies, and powers between the central government and local authorities, it is important to discuss with the various stakeholders their effectiveness and to determine whether this forest package is more than just a symbolic measure.