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Organized by Pro Silva Slovakia Team (2024): Michal Tomcík, Michal Vanco


Meeting Place Venue

The Annual Meeting will have its homebase in Hotel Štefánik, Nám. M. R. Štefánika 37, 907 01 Myjava, Slovakia. Accomodation is also offered at Pension Rosy (10 min walk).


The registration fee for this event is € 410  and includes accommodation for three nights (check-in on 28th May, check out on 31st May), transport and meals. Please note this fee is per person sharing a room and an additional fee (full room rates) will be charged for single occupancy.

Please contact for further details.

Registration fee is to be paid to:

Account name:  Pro Silva Slovakia
IBAN: SK89 0900 0000 0051 8886 7513

Please ensure your name and organization is included on the bank transfer.

Please also complete the registration form to confirm your booking

Registration closing date is Sunday 31st March 2024.

Pro Silva Annual Meeting 2024

28th -31st May 2024 Myjava (Slovakia)

Registration is closed

We must close our registration, because we are fully booked with 55 participants from 18 members and guests from IFSA, Estonia, New England, Forest Europe, Integrate Network and member candidates from Monte Negro and North Macedonia. Thanks for Your interest !

In special cases please contact Michal Vanco (delegat(at) or

“Upscaling close to nature practices for wider acceptance”

Invitation to Slovakia

Pro Silva Slovakia is delighted to invite you to the Pro Silva Annual Meeting and AGM from Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st May, in Myjava, Slovakia.

Pro Silva Slovakia will introduce sustainable forest management in Western edge of West Carpathians, a mountain range with well-preserved biodiversity. We would like to share our achievements in application of close-to nature forestry but also challenges which are ahead of us – mainly in upscaling the best practices among wide forestry community and increasing acceptance of close-to-nature approaches. We believe that sharing experiences at European scale in these issues can add value and bring benefits to our common endeavour.

Excursions will bring us to the non-state (municipal) forests and also to state forest district of Duchonka where the forest managers apply close-to-nature principles in beech and oak forests as well as in converting artificial spruce forests to more diverse and resilient forest structures. Besides the expert topics, we also offer cultural programme – you will have an opportunity to experience treasures of our history, touch 600 years old oaks and taste local food.


After arrival of the participants and registration at noon on Tuesday 28th May after lunch there will be the opening address and the annual general meeting. In the evening there will be dinner at hotel Štefánik and cultural programme (traditional folk music)

On Wednesday 29th May 2024 there will be an excursion in beech forest of municipal forest (ca 2 km forest trail) which will be continued after lunch in a forest hut (or outdoors) of another walking trail (1,5 km). The evening will be closed by dinner and evening program in local brewery & distillery (Turak a vnuk).

On Thursday 30 May 2024 the excursion will lead to visit Bojná – a museum of Great Moravia and beginning of Christianity in the area – and will be followed by excursion in forest district Duchonka (state forests) with topic management of oak stands. After outdoor lunch the excursion will continue with topics management of beech stands, water retention measures. Dinner will be in a local fish farm.

 On Friday 31st May there will be farewell and departure from the meeting venue. You may individually organize further nature or cultural visits on you way back.

Schedule & Travel

Time schedule

  • Tuesday 28th May – travel day for arrival at noon and AGM meeting
  • Wednesday 29th May to Thursday 30th May – meeting and excursion programme
  • Friday 31st May – return trip or individual travel programme.


  • By car directly to the venue in Myjava (Hotel Štefánik)
  • By air to Bratislava airport or Vienna airport (then by bus to Bratislava, which takes about an hour).
  • In case of larger group arriving to Bratislava around the same time, we can organize a bus for transport to Myjava. Otherwise, we will assist with your travel when we know your flight times.
  • If you are flying to Vienna, please choose flight which will enable you to take bus from Vienna airport to Bratislava at 11:30 at the latest - there are two buses departing from Vienna airport 11:25 and 11:30
meeting principles

The meeting principles will be

  • Balance between all aspects of contemporary, close-to-nature forestry in Slovakia
  • Intensive and focused technical discussions
  • Short distances between the different excursion sites
  • Concerted presentations of forest stands and issues
  • Getting in touch with the culture, country and people of Slovakia
  • Adequate spare time for active exchanges

draft programme, 28th Februray 2024 - final programme due April 2024

Here you find the draft programm

here you can download the Draft Programme go back to Annual Meeting 2023
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