THE future of European forests and how new technology will shape them will be some of the leading topics at this year's INTERFORST. 

Guests in Munich will also get the chance to hear about diversification of tree species, what can be done to tackle forest fires - which will increase in frequency - and given the opportunity to network with potential contacts from across the continent, "opening the door to previously untapped markets". 

With a bumper package of events already announced, organisers have revealed speakers at INTERFORST 2022's supporting program will include Bavarian Minister of State Michaela Kaniber, German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Cem Özdemir, and forestry blogger and forestry engineer Fee Brauwers.

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A spokesperson for the event said: "These days, the forestry and wood industry is all about thinking ahead, conserving what we have and anticipating the future in order to ensure that the forest bioeconomy can cope with whatever the future has in store.

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"Extensive knowledge, the experiences of other regions and the testing of new technologies are, more than ever, key weapons in the armor of all those involved in the wood-value chain." 

As well as the above, topics, such as the new age of wood in the construction industry, will "give all trade fair attendees a solid overview" of which networks the forestry and wood industry needs to be involved in and where it needs to prove itself.

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In addition, the Forestry Entrepreneur Day, focusing on privately owned forests, policy frameworks and communication activities surrounding the use of forest technology, will be held on July 17. This is being organized by the Forestry and Wood Cluster Initiative with proHolz Bayern. Participation in the Entrepreneur Day is by invitation only.

Returning from July 17 to 20, Interforst 2022 will occupy around 80,000 square metre. In total, around 450 exhibitors and more than 50,000 visitors are expected.