This workshop is very timely with its aim of elaborating a “biotic risk compendium” following the crisis / risk management cycle phases: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Emphasis will be given to phases outside the response phase! Within the four cycle phases we will look at what operational tools exist at a forest management unit, management district and societal/policy level. The biotic workshop is the second of a series of work meetings. All workshops will follow the same outline each focusing on one of the main risk agents in European forests.