Seminar – Forest planning under uncertainty

Madrid, 26th – 27th of September


This international seminar will focus on the presentation of  methods that may be used by public administrators, forest owners and industry for forest management planning in a context of global change. This seminar is part of annual seminars that will be organized under the SuFoRun international R&D project (

SuFoRun is Marie Skodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)  action funded by the European Union H2020. Is focused on forestry and climate change interactions, including the development of adaptive forest management tools. The SuFoRUn consortium is built to include highly qualified research institutions in nine countries (i.e. Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Costa Rica, Chile, Brazil and USA) that share complementary interests in key scientific disciplines for the development of the forest sector. The project will serve to exchange and generate knowledge on multipurpose forests, addressing risk and uncertainty and the development of knowledge on methods and tools to support policy analysis and development in a context of global change. The project strengthens research collaboration through active networking, staff exchange and dissemination activities between the participants.

Scientific Program 26th September

  • 9:00 – 9: 15 – Welcome and presentation of the seminar.
  • 9: 15 – 9:30 – Brief presentation of the SuFoRun project to the general public (Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo, Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya – CTFC, España).
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Session I risk and uncertainty.

Andrés Weintraub. Do we need stochastic models?/ Necesitamos modelos estocasticos? (Universidad de Chile, Chile).

  • 10:30 – 11:15 Coffee break.
  • 11:15 – 12:45 Session II Multi-objective planning.

Carlos Romero. Decisiones Colectivas en Planificación Forestal: Una Propuesta Metodológica. (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España).

Luís Díaz-Balteiro. El uso de indicadores de sostenibilidad forestal en problemas de gestión forestal como medio para superar algunas incertidumbres. (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain).

  • 12:45 – 13:30 Discussion and final comments.


Scientific Program 27th September:

  • 9:30 – 10:30 Session III risk and uncertainty.

Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo, Planning forest harvesting under climate change: a Stochastic Optimization Model I. (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya – CTFC, España.

Juan Ignacio Villasante.   Planning forest harvesting under climate change: a Stochastic Optimization Model II. (Universidad de Chile, Chile).

  • 10:30 – 11:15. Coffee Break
  • 11:15 – 12:45. Session IV.

Liliana Ferreira.   A climate change adaptive dynamic programming approach to optimize eucalypt stand management scheduling. A Portuguese application. (Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão, Portugal).

Antonio Alonso-Ayuso. Forest-harvesting planning under uncertainty: different risk-averse management strategies. (Universidad Carlos III, España).

  • 12:45 – 13:30 Wrapping up
  • 13:30 – 15:00 Closure Lunch


Organizing team:

  • Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo. (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya (CTFC), Solsona, España).
  • Andrés Weintraub (Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile).
  • Luís Díaz Balteiro (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España).
  • Marta Ezquerro (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España)


Attendance and participation:

Fees & Registration

Fees: The seminar will be free of charge.

Registration: Attendants must confirm their attendance to the seminar until 24th of September. Be aware that the total audience is limited and the acceptance will be done by order of confirmation. Please send your name and affiliation. To register send an email to:


Practical information


The seminar will take place at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Politechnic University of Madrid) in the “Sala de Grados” located in the first floor of the main building of the ETS Ingenieros de Montes.