On international issues
Dr. Peri Kourakli, Forest Task Force Coordinator
I have been involved in the Forest Task Force since 2007, when HOS / BirdLife Greece was starting to evaluate the Greek High Nature Forest Areas. My concern about the forest biodiversity, along with my work experience for more than 10 years in several sectors (from the University to BirdLife), motivated me to focus even more in Europe's forest challenges and problems.
Krystyna Stachura-Skierczyńska, Forest Task Force Coordinator until 2010
I have been involved in the Birdlife FTF activities since 2005 when I started working as the Coordinator of the Polish module of Biologically Important Forests Mapping. After finishing the project, I was given the opportunity to continue working on forest conservation-related issues.
Veronika Ferdinandova, Forest Task Force Coordinator until 2009
Many years ago BSPB (BirdLife in Bulgaria), gave me the chance to better understand the need for nature conservation. Being experienced in academic aspects and practical forestry, and at the same time being familiar with conservation issues related to forests I tried to approach the problems in their complex context.
Diyana Kostovska, Head of the FTF's Biologically Important Forests Working Group
Before, I worked as a specialist in tourism and recreation at the Central Balkan National Park in Bulgaria and as an assistant in research projects in Munich. I graduated at the Forestry University and the Technical University in Munich, MSc Programme in Sustainable Resource Management.
Andrzej Bobiec, FTF Head of Biodiversity Research
Before being hired by OTOP I studied structural characteristics of natural and man-altered forests in Poland's Białowieża Primeval Forest (BPF). In 1995 I co-founded the Society for Protection of the BPF, an ENGO aiming to preserve the whole Białowieża ecosystem.
My current research is primarily on indicators for helping to identify natural or almost natural forest conditions. This is a huge topic, and I will be relying heavily on information collected and shared by others. I welcome correspondence from others working in this field.
National Forest Officers
Margus Ellermaa - BirdLife Finland, email@example.com
Johannes Enssle - NABU / BirdLife Germany, Johannes.Enssle@nabu.de
Vanya Ratarova - BSPB / BirdLife Bulgaria, firstname.lastname@example.org
Matej Repel - SOS / BirdLife Slovakia, email@example.com
Maris Strazds - LOB / BirdLife Latvia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabor Wichmann - BirdLife Austria, email@example.com
Mike Wood - RSPB / BirdLife United Kingdom, Mike.Wood@rspb.org.uk
Pavol Polak - SOS / BirdLife Slovakia, firstname.lastname@example.org