This international conference will address how urban forestry needs to be adapted within transitional societies, for example in terms of changing governance and management approaches. It will also study the contributions of urban forestry to cities that are more resilient and provide a high quality of life.
CARe-FOR-US II Conference. Tartu, Estonia, 9-11 OCTOBER 2013. Read more here.
Forests play a key role in the global climate system. The Nordic countries have extensive forests with large and growing tree biomass that captures substantial amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Nordic forests are also important for biodiversity, with complex ecosystemsproviding habitats. Based on evidence in the literature, it is clear that old forests continue to accumulate carbon for a long time, well past the normal logging age. The carbon uptake of old forests represents an important co-benefit for the well-documented value of old forests for biodiversity. Read more here.
The Nordic Top-Level Research Initiative (TRI) has announced a new call. The aim of the call is to support the Nordic societies in developing new and sustainable solutions fostering green growth through:
- Building further on strengths achieved within Nordic research cooperation on Climate, Energy and the Environment
- Strengthening the cooperation between the various themes under the TRI
- Consolidating the interaction between society, academia and industry within these fields
Applications should have relevance to Green Growth (as referred to in the 2011 report by the Nordic Prime Ministers’ Working Group for Green Growth and should take a multidisciplinary approach, and foster cooperation between natural sciences and humanities/ social sciences. More information available at: http://www.nordforsk.org/files/CalltextTFIgreengrcc.pdf
The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry invites to a symposium as a part of their 200 year celebration January 29-30 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. More information about program and registration here: http://www.ksla.se/aktivitet/global-outlook/
Background: With an expected world population of 9 billion people in 2050, the global need for Food, Feed, Fibre and Fuel has become a matter of high political concern. In order to satisfy the ever increasing needs of “the four Fs”, there will be a progressively severe competition for limited land and water resources.
The objective of the Arctic Co-operation Programme is to support processes, projects and initiatives that will help promote sustainable development and benefit the people of the Arctic under the conditions generated by globalisation and climate change. Three themes may be of interest for forest research: ”The Environment and Nature”, ”Climate” and ”Sustainable Business Development”.
Read more here http://www.nordregio.se/en/Metameny/About-Nordregio/Programmes/NCM-Arctic-Co-operation-Program-Arktiskt-Samarbetsprogram/
At the SNS board meeting November 21st 2012 the board members decided to fund four new research projects:
Workshop on the “Nordic forest sector in the biobased economy – challenges for political science and economics. Conceptual paper and special issue.
Ecological effects of intensive biomass harvesting in the Nordic and Baltic countries.
Preventive and restorative measures to reduce damage on forests – Phythoptora diseases in focus.
Exploring novel oxidative biocatalysts for tailored wood fibre modification.
Read more about the projects here: http://www.nordicforestresearch.org/sns-research/research-projects/
At the SNS board meeting November 21st 2012, SNS and EFINORD jointly decided to fund activities for 10 networks in 2013. The funded networks are:
WSE – Northern European Network for Wood Science and Engineering
The Nordic-Baltic Co-operation group for Forest Inventory
PRIFOR – Nordic working group on the history of primeval boreal forests
NEFOM – North European Forest Mycologists
NorForM – Northern Forest Water Mercury Network
Social indicators in forestry – North European co-operation with wider Europe
Nordic Network on Forest Policy Science
Natural Disturbance Dynamics Analysis for Ecosystem Based Management
Forests in Urban and Rural Studies
Nordic Network of Forest regeneration
Read more about the networks here: http://www.nordicforestresearch.org/sns-research/networks/
Nordic Baltic Bioenergy 2013 takes place May 21-22 2013 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Oslo, Norway. The conference will be arranged by the Norwegian Bioenergy Association in cooperation with Nordic and Baltic Bioenergy Associations. Deadline for call for papers is January 15 2013. For more information go to www.bioenergy2013.no.
The disease was first spotted in the UK in February, at a nursery in Buckinghamshire, and was subsequently identified in other nurseries and newly planted areas. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20128643.
A recent SNS-funded research article on ash dieback in Sweden can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02827581.2012.735699
Thematic day “Tree seed sources and supplies for Iceland – current situation and future alternatives” on Iceland, November 6th 2012. Read more here: http://www.nordgen.org/index.php/skand/content/view/full/2062