Global environmental change poses complex challenges to our continued demand for ecosystem services. Where forestry in the past focused on the production of a few commodities, the threat of global environmental change demands that we adopt a new paradigm of forest management that combines past knowledge with innovative management planning strategies that consider a full range of projected ecosystem responses, and resilience to unanticipated factors.
The challenge of restoring ecosystem processes while safeguarding ecosystem services in a balanced mosaic landscape demands a global dialogue on innovative methodologies. Therefore, the Estonian University of Life Sciences is proud to announce the conference Forest landscape mosaics: disturbance, restoration and management at times of global change, August 11.–14. 2014 in Tartu, Estonia.
For more information visit the conference webpage or read the conference announcement (pdf).
SNS prepares for a new four-year period. The Danish chairman Pernille Karlog wishes good luck to the incoming Swedish chairman Jan Svensson. The secretariate is well prepared for a smooth transition. Thanks from Denmark, and good luck to Sweden.
The SNS network ‘Social indicators in forestry – further development in the north European context’ has published a report. The report provides a review of social indicators in forestry, particularly concerning nature-based recreation and tourism in North European countries.
The report is available for free on www.norden.org.
At the SNS board meeting November 28th, SNS and EFINORD jointly decided which networks will receive funding for activities in 2014:
SSFE_Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics
NEFOM_North European Forest Mycologists
NOLTFOX_Northern European Database of Long-term Forest Experiments
WSE_Northern European Network for Wood Science Engineering
Phythopthora-diseases of forest trees in Northern Europe
Nordic Network on Forest Policy Science
NorForM_Northern Forest Water Mercury Network
Ecosystem services from dead wood in Northern Europe
FORDIS_Natural Disturbance Dynamics Analysis for Ecosystem Based Management
Continuous forest cover experiments in Northern Europe.
This event will be organised in Rovaniemi, Finland, on December 13th, in connection with the Metsä 2013, a joint session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission. The events take place will during the 2nd European Forest Week on 9-13 December 2013.
Now that Russia became a WTO member, it is important to understand how this will impact the EU’s forest sector and vice versa. It seems that the WTO membership will boost both European and Russian forest sectors. The EU’s forest sector will gain from enhanced trade relationships with Russia, tariff reductions, and the increased predictability of the business and investment environment in Russia. The impacts to the Russian forest industry could range from growing imports, to increased stumpage prices, etc. However, the indirect institutional impacts may be of much more significance in the coming years. Especially, considering that a draft for a new forest policy in Russia is now in the political debate.
In such a rapidly changing context, it is crucial that the potential of the EU-Russia cooperation around the forest-based sector and forest governance issues is unlocked based on improve communication, knowledge sharing and joint initiatives between EU and Russia. For instance the experience in the EU regarding forest-based sector governance and how the EU forest-related framework has evolved over the last years could be valuable experiences in the context of the Russian forest policy discussions.
This ThinkForest seminar will offer policy makers, scientists and stakeholders a forum to discuss:
- Experiences from EU and Russia frameworks on forest policy and governance
- Outlook for the European and Russian forest sector: emphasis on synergies and business opportunities
- Potential impacts of Russia’s WTO membership for the European and Russian forest sectors.
For more information and registration go to the event website.
In the future it will be even easier to communicate with and about SNS. We have changed our name to Nordic Forest Research (SNS). Simple, precise and easy to remember. The Nordic names for SNS remain unchanged.
Congratulations to SNS network coordinator Kevin Bishop, who has now expanded his Nordic-Baltic network cooperation to include partners in Canada.
The project “Bioavailability of mercury in the aquatic food webs of Fenno-Scandia and Eastern Canada” has received 275.000 DKK from the Nordic cooperation with Neighbours in the West 2013 and has had its first project meeting today.
The Arctic Co-operation Programme of the Nordic Council of Ministers has opened up for applications for economic support in 2014 to new project proposals as well as for the continuation of existing project.
The deadline for applications is 16 December 2013.
For information about the programme, including requirements and application form go to NCM Arctic Co-operation Programme.
Invitasjon til Innovasjonskonferanse SKOG.
Norsk skognæring har store utfordringer. For å lykkes i konkurransen er innovasjon og samarbeid mellom forskning og næring avgjørende. Campus Ås er et ledende norsk skogforskningsmiljø som vil bidra til å løfte næringen og utvikle ny norsk grønn industri basert på skogen.
Nye forretningsmuligheter skal identifiseres og utvikles, og prosjekter etableres.
- Skognæringen presenterer utfordringer i hele verdikjeden, og muligheter i forskningen.
- Lunsj med kreativ workshop og «poster sesjoner».
- Forskere på Campus Ås presenterer muligheter i trebruk, bioenergi, driftsteknikk og ny teknologi.
- Konferansen avsluttes med åpning av fjernvarmeanlegget på Campus Ås.
Sted: Campus Ås, Vitenparken (Fredrik A. Dahlsvei 8, 1430 Ås)
Dato: 16. oktober 2013
Tid: 09:30 – 15:00
Meld deg på her!
Ønsker du presentere din bedrift, forskning eller idé under «poster sesjonen» i lunsjen. Send en e-mail til email@example.com.
Konferansen er en del av Innovasjonsukene SKOG på Campus Ås i 7. – 18. oktober. Det vil også bli arrangert egen forskerkonferanse «Det nye bioenergibildet», og diverse innovasjonscamper og kreative workshops med studenter, forskere og næringsliv. For mer informasjon om konferansen og aktivitetene følg oss på Facebook!
The NOVA call for applications is now open. Application deadline is Monday 21 October 2013 (midnight).
NOVA University Network – The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network – is a platform for efficient and innovative Nordic cooperation.
Find out more on NOVA’s website.