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Please use the following registration form when registering for the conference. The deadline for registration is: 1st April 2010.

11th CESFO Dubrovnik, Croatia 2010 Registration form.doc

11th Conference of European State Forestry Organisations will be held from May 19 -21, 2010, in Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Hotel Excelsior is a well-known five-star hotel with a magnificent view on old town of Dubrovnik.

More information about the hotel and its facilities could be found on the hotel web-site: http://www.hotel-excelsior.hr.

Special conference rates will be available for the participants and all registrations will be carried out by the organisers. For registration and booking of participants and accompanying persons please use the form from the Registration section of the web site.
This section will contain all presentations held on the conference and will be available as downloads here.

The more detailed programme with all presentations will be available at later stage.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

All day   Arrival of participants
20:00 Welcome dinner in Hotel

Thursday, May 20, 2010

07:00 – 08:30   Breakfast
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:15 11th CESFO Forestry during Recession
– Official opening ceremony and welcome speeches
09:15 – 10:30 Conference morning session, Part I
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Conference morning session, Part II
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:30 Conference afternoon session, Closing of the 11th CESFO
17:15 – 20:00 Excursion
20:00 – 23:30 Dinner in a restaurant in Dubrovnik surroundings
23:30 – 24:00 Return to the hotel

Friday, May 21, 2010

07:00 – 09:30   Breakfast
Departure of participants

Download: Conference programme


The Conference of European State Forestry Organisations (CESFO) is a traditional meeting of the top managers of the state forestry organisations coming from the whole Europe. The conference is held annually and it is a good opportunity to meet and to discuss the most actual issues on the agenda of the state forestry. The majority of the participants are representing state forest companies that are members of European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) http://www.eustafor.eu/ a key organisation for representing interests of state forestry in Europe. The goal of EUSTAFOR is to promote the common interest of state forest in the EU in the scope of their sustainable development. The annual CESFO conferences have a main topic and usually consist of key-note presentations and country reports. The important part of every CESFO conference is discussion forum and side events are good opportunity for less formal, but not less important, meetings and networking.

Forestry during recession

The main topic of 11th CESFO is ‘Forestry during recession’, covering all aspects of the difficulties that state forestry companies have faced as a result of vast changes in economic conditions on a global level, regarded by many, as unprecedented in our lifetime. Even though, the crisis was caused by the financial sector, the shivers it has send throughout the whole economy, have left no sector untouched and that included forestry too. Forestry also faced difficulties coming from the reduced credit potential, a sharp drop in demand in many industries that are key drivers of demand for the forestry products. The main challenges that state forestry had to face were:
• reduced demand for all wood products
• reduced availability of credit funds for investments
• lack of liquidity in financial systems
• increased political pressure

At the same time, state forestry usually has a number of functions to fulfil that are not based on the commercial gains and therefore have to be covered by other funds. It would be interesting to hear if reduced investment possibilities have compromised the social and environmental responsibilities that we have to fulfil as a part of our mandates.

Although the start of global recession is usually considered to be the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008, the effects of the crisis have impacted different countries at different times. In any case, 2009 was a full recession year and we will have the opportunity to look at the 2009 results and analyse the events. The recession has impacted different countries at different extent, and the forestry organisations have faced it with different organisational models and macro-economic environment. It would be interesting to hear what strategies forestry organisations applied to safeguard them from the impacts of the crisis. The general opinion is that the major impact of the crisis is behind us and that recovery will be slow and gradual, and we believe that this conference will be great opportunity to hear the predictions about future economic developments. It will also be worth hearing if this crisis might bring some new chances for the sector in general.

The presentations will be held by invited speakers and will available as downloads at Presentation section of this web site.

The official language of the conference will be English, with simultaneous interpretation to/from Croatian.

 Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the state forest company Hrvatske šume and in the name of all foresters of Croatia, I am happy to invite you to the 11th Conference of European State Forestry Organisations, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia from May 19 -21, 2010.

As announced on the 10th CESFO conference in Senohraby, Czech Republic, Croatia has a great honour to host this conference and to welcome the directors of European state forest enterprise to our beautiful country. The conference will take place in Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful Mediterranean cities and I am sure that the participants will enjoy the beauties of the ancient town, great climate and excellent local cuisine.

The main topic of the conference will be ‘Forestry during recession’ and I am sure we could not have chosen the more appropriate for the moment we are in. We simply cannot escape the fact that most of our current activities are strongly related to overcoming the consequences of the great economic turmoil around us. It will be a pleasure for me to exchange the views with other colleagues about their experience in coping with economic hardships and more importantly, how to overcome the crisis.

Usually, the foresters around the world have a notion about Croatia as a country with well-known and well-managed continental forestry of high quality oak. The area around Dubrovnik however will give you the opportunity to experience another face of Croatian forestry, a Mediterranean forestry, where production of timber is not a priority and where conservation other benefits is major objective of our forest management efforts.

Southern Dalmatian coast is on the other hand is the region of very mild climate and lush subtropical vegetation, so that plant lovers (and I assume that we all are) will find a lot to admire in. As we agreed, the conference will take place in late May, so we can expect very warm weather, so I would advise all participants to pack their summer clothes (don’t forget the sunglasses).

Once again, let me invite you cordially to the conference with a wish to have fruitful discussions, to meet some old and possibly some new friends and that you will all cherish the fond memories from this occasion and our country.

Darko Vuletić

President of the Board, Hrvatske šume d.o.o.

Download: invitation letter.pdf