Belova, O. 2009. Expected Climate Change and Options for European Silviculture (ECHOES): Background and Objectives.  Baltic Forestry 15 (1): 127-129. (Chronicle)

The recent period is distinguished by an unavoidable and unprecedented climate change (COM (2006) 216 final). The role of forests and their links with the climate changes are described. The necessity of the knowledge of climate change impacts on forests and of a new approach of forest management, increase in the demands for information and recommendations are shown. 26 European countries have joined and signed the COST Action FP0703 ECHOES that has been started on 27/05/2008. ECHOES aims to mobilise and integrate the existing scientific knowledge for European forest policymakers and managers who have to make decisions on adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. ECHOES working groups are based on the three main points as the Action Triangle corresponding to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES 2000) and 4th Assessment Report (2007). The tasks of the each working group are described.