Here you will find the monthly main news about the FORECCAsT project. For week-by-week news of the project, you can go to this page (in French).
August was slightly more quiet this year because part of our staff was in vacation. Still we were very busy on the outreach front. Concerning professionals from the forest and wood sectors, we organized a three-hours long presentation of FORECCAsT's tools to adapt forest to climate change in Bédarieux (Hérault). As the Haut-Languedoc regional Nature Park is both within the Hérault and Tarn departments, we will organize a similar one in Mazamet (Tarn) in October.
Concerning the general audience, we were involved in Anglès "Fête du bois et de l'arbre" where we organized a full day of activities about the forest as well as a conference about forests and climate change.
Another very busy month for the project! In July 2019, we :
In June 2019, we opened the call for abstracts concerning the "Adapting forests to climate change" European symposium we are organizing in Toulouse, France, next November! We also created a new website about this event, that you can visit following this link.
June 2019 was also a big month for FORECCAsT networking activities. We travelled to Ireland to attend the 2019 EFI International Summer School about risk management in forests. We started being involved in the Climateurope initiative and talked about our project during their fourth teleconference. We were invited to give a presentation about our project at the "Alliance Forêts-Bois" ("Forest and Wood Alliance"), the first French forest cooperative groupe created and administrated by private forest owners, local general meeting.
Baptiste, our training program task officer, also organized a full day of training in the use of the "FORECCAsT by bioClimSol" mobile application for local forest managers.
In parallel of these activities, we kept working on our network of test sites to ensure their long-term monitoring.
In May 2019, following the departure of Constance, Maxime started working on the completion of our network of test sites. With the help of Raphaël, he focused on ensuring that the remaining test sites were installed and on the long-term marking of their modalities. They also both did the first trials of pollinators monitoring in these sites.
Concerning our outreach actions, we organized a field course for students from the Haut-Languedoc Forest High School. They had the opportunity to visit our test sites and to test our climate risk assessment mobile application "FORECCAsT by BioClimSol". FORECCAsT was also involved in the Cinéfeuille festival, where we displayed our travelling exhibit, were involved in a travelling conference project and organized a course about forest and climate change for 80 middle schoolers.
In April 2019, our big news was the visit of the European Commission! They attented a presentation of our actions, visited several of our test sites and even had the opportunity to test our brand new mobile application. The FORECCAsT team also contributed to the 2019 AFORCE meeting about forest adaptation to climate change, where we give one talk and presented four posters about our actions.
It was also the last month of work for Constance, our silviculture officer, who, with the help of the rest of the team, did a tremendous work to install our network of test sites.
For the LIFE FORECCAsT project, March is always the International Days of Forests month! It was our last participation to this wordwide event so we decided to think on a grand scale and to organize no less than six outreach events and two educational projects for the Park students. Concerning the outreach events, we organized:
Concerning the educational projects, we already talked about our course about forest and climate change for future forest managers from the
Haut-Languedoc Forest High School. The second one happened in Massaguel primary school. There we raised awareness among pupils about forests and the use of wood in their daily life. After that, pupils had the opportunity to make some paper, to plant some trees and to meet a local forester.
In February 2019, we:
In January 2019, our main event was the launch of the FORECCAsT international newsletter about forest and climate change. The goal of this newsletter is to enable a better diffusion of all information concerning these topics, and to help networking activities between projects. News from field projects, trending publications, events to come... we aim to cover all these subjects. It is meant to be collaborative and anyone working with forest and climate change is more than welcome to suggest content for its next iteration.
We also kept working on our mobile application and finished the choice of its ergonomy and architecture. Next step: the programming!
Such a busy month for the team! In just this month, we:
In November 2018, we planted our first arboretum in Senaux, prepared the installation of two more and started the monitoring of some of our first trial test sites in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park. We organized a two-days meeting with forest managers to ensure that the application we are developping will meet their expectations. Concerning outreach activities, we launched our 2019 photo competition and organized a course about forest and climate change for future forest managers from the Haut-Languedoc Forest High School within the International Day of Forests' framework.
We also celebrated FORECCAsT's two year anniversary!
After a very warm September month, the decrease in temperatures in October eventually allowed us to start the 2018-2019 season of plantation and installation of test sites. We prepared the installation of several of our field tests and started the initial monitoring of some of them. We also started the plantation of one of them. Unfortunately, mid-October, heavy rains caused numerous floods in our area. The team was safe but it was impossible for days to access to most of our field sites. Some of the scheduled work was then postponed to November.
During this month, we also gathered several French soil scientists during a networking day to show them our results from our soil study and benefit from their expertise about it. Finally, we organized one of our conferences from our forest and climate change conference cycle.
In September 2018, we prepared the 2018-2019 season of plantation and installation of test sites, though the very warm and dry weather did not allow us to actually start the fieldwork right away. We started the 2018 annual monitoring of local forest and climate change perception and organized one of our conferences from our forest and climate change conference cycle.
This month, after a competitive procedure, we selected High Connexion as the contractor who will build our mobile application. We started working right away with this company to define the application architecture and ergonomy. In parallel, we kept working on the data and models included into the application.
For news before July 2018, you can go to this page (in French).
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