Based on a broad approach to sustainability, PROSILVA presents in the following pages policy statements on four issues of major importance to present-day forest management. See also the 1997 PROSILVA Declaration of Apeldoorn for more info here)
The full PROSILVA Europe Policy document, in several languages, and the Constitution can be downloaded below.
These issues concern:
1. the basic principles of responsible forest management and forest utilisation
2. the maintenance of biodiversity
3. the use of exotic species
4. the ecological role of forests in the landscape
Together with this emphasis on sustainability, PROSILVA promotes forest use which follows natural processes. By these means, ecological and economic risks are reduced.
PROSILVA is convinced that it is possible to commence the change from a regimented type of forest management to the type of management and silviculture advocated by PROSILVA at almost any stage of stand development. Within a range of stand types, forest protection, management and utilisation can assist in regenerating and conserving the forest.
PROSILVA supports the implementation of such management in the following ways:
* Exchange of information within regional working groups;
* Establishment of demonstration forests;
* Meetings and excursions in demonstration forests;
* Cooperation with educational and scientific institutions, and other bodies
These policy statements are the result of many discussions held among members of the Board of PROSILVA Europe. The objective of these policies is to increase the benefit derived from the forest, by present and future generations.
PROSILVA is a European federation of foresters who advocate forest management based on natural processes.
History of Foundation of PROSILVA Europe 1989
PROSILVA was founded at Robanov Kot, Savinja valley, Slovenia, September 22th 1989.
From the 1960s to the 1980s there was regular meetings, more or less informal, of the perialpine Chairs of Silviculture from Universities advocating Close-to-Nature ideas (Ljubljana, Munich, Zürich and sometimes Nancy) discussing ways of implementing this form of forest management inspired from virgin forest dynamics.
Also during this time a group of forest practitioners ANW, in the wake of Alfred Möllers’s movement, supported the implementation of Continuous Close-to-Nature Forest management.
The idea of Prof Dušan Mlinšek, recent past president of the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) was to merge both groups and expand it to welcome all Europeans foresters convinced of these ideas. So in 1989 Prof Mlinšekinvited, conjointly with Hilmar Schoepffer and Brice de Turckheim, leaders in this field at the time (see list of the founding members below) to Slovenia, to constitute a corresponding European movement.
Professor Dušan Mlinšek - Spiritus mentor for the foundation
of PROSILVA Europe
On September 22 1989, after an excursion in the forest of the Savinja Valley the group gathered in a remote farmhouse (see picture) and established our association, named PROSILVA. The firstPresident elected unanimously was Brice de Turckheim (France).
Foundation place of PROSILVA Europe, the farmhouse at
Robanov Kot, Savinja valley, Slovenia
Heinrich Reininger (Austria)
Josef Spörk (Austria)
Peter Roskams (Belgium)
Marcel van Miegroet (Belgium)
Stefan Korpeł (Slovakia)
François Bessières (France)
Michel Hubert (France)
Maurice Lorne (France)
Brice de Turckheim (France)
Franz Bauer (Germany)
Willi Gayler (Germany)
Rudolf Gerbaulet (Germany)
Bernd Leichthammer (Germany)
Hans-Jürgen Otto (Germany)
Hilmar Schoepffer (Germany)
Franz Straubinger (Germany)
Sebastian von Rotenhan (Germany)
Martin Weltecke (Germany)
Hermann Wobst (Germany)
Spiros Dafis (Greece)
Pavlos Smiris (Greece)
Bela Varga (Hungaria)
Helge Frivold (Norway)
Andre Tomas Eid (Norway)
Louis-André Favre (Switzerland)
Jean-Philippe Schütz (Switzerland)
Hubert Dolinśek (Slovenia)
Željko Kramarić (Croatia)
Dušan Mlinšek (Slovenia)
Janez Pogačnik (Slovenia)
Branko Prpić (Croatia)
Maks Sušek (Slovenia)
Chair PROSILVA Europe:
Brice de Turckheim (France) 1989-1993
Jaap Kuper (The Netherland) 1993-1997
Hans-Jürgen Otto (Germany) 1997-2000
Thomas Harttung (Denmark) 2000-2005
Jean-Philippe Schütz (Switzerland) 2005-
Logarska Dolina, Slovenia 2009
PROSILVA was founded in Slovenia in 1989. It is is an association registered by the Civil Court of Strasbourg.
Registered Office: Truttenhausen F-67140 BARR > email@example.com
Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Jean-Philippe Schütz firstname.lastname@example.org
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