About CAR-ES

CAR-ES are happy to announce that it will continue its activities in a new period, 2016-2020, in SNS network:

Centre of Advanced Research on Environmental Services from Nordic Forest Ecosystems (CAR-ES)”. SNS, 2016-2020. Coordinator: Raijo Laiho, LUKE, Finland: (

Also, two associated network activities are about to be launched:

The Northern European Network Connecting Forests, Forestry and Water Issues. SNS-EFINORD, 2016-2017. Coordinator: Lars Högbom (

Effects of bioenergy production from forests and agriculture on ecosystem services in Nordic and Baltic landscapes. NKJ-SNS, 2016-2017. Coordinator: Nicholas Clarke (

CAR-ES is co-organizing of the workshop “Landscape management and design for food, bioenergy and the bioeconomy: methodology and governance aspects” 15 – 16 March 2016, Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden. Call for presentations: Deadline 8 February, 12:00 CET. Participation notice: Deadline 19 February. Contact persons: Göran Berndes ( and Madelene Ostwald (


Centre of Advanced Research on Environmental Services from Nordic Forest Ecosystems (CAR-ES) (2011-2015)

CAR-ES is an open network that brings together Nordic and Baltic forest researchers.  The CAR-ES network aims at providing scientific knowledge on the impacts of forest management on major environmental services for decision making with in the forestry sector. The main environmental services addressed are:

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Water quality
  • Biodiversity
  • Soil quality

CAR-ES is making use of the large number of field experiments conducted within the Nordic and Baltic countries to deliver mutual benefit, and will integrate knowledge about environmental services at a broad scale. This could relate, for example, to a full rotation period or a landscape.

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Final CAR-ES conference:

Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services: Climate change adaptation and mitigation, water protection, biodiversity conservation, and soil quality maintenance.

Carbon sequestration, water protection and biodiversity are key environmental services provided by the Nordic and Baltic forests, and each of them are linked to soil properties and quality. Various types of forest management have different effects on these services, and knowledge on how the forest management can help maintain and enhance them is crucial to sound decision making in the forest sector and in policy development.

The conference was arranged to properly round-off the activities of the SNS funded CAR-ES network for the 2011-2015 period. All researchers working with these topics were invited to present their work, present state-of-the-art, and jointly identify knowledge gaps to be addressed in the future.

The conference was successfully held in Copenhagen, 3-5 November 2015, with about 50 participants from especially the Nordic and Baltic countries, but with also Germany, Great Britain and United States being represented. Several PhD-students participate and presented their work.

For more information, visit the conference homepage, where you can also find the detailed program and the book of abstracts (soon to come). Contact persons: Inge Stupak (, Leena Finer (, and Lars Högbom (