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Researchers Heads Up: 1st Call of the ERA-NET Sumforest coming up soon!

The first Sumforest Call will be announced the

21st of March 2016.

It is an open call with the title:

“Forests for society of the future”

More information can shortly be found under the “Call” section of the Sumforest website.

Symposium on Wood Products Industries

When: April 7-8, 2016

Where: Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland

Symposium highlights

  • the importance of wood products and woodworking industries in the European bio-economy
  • new opportunities for business, markets, products, services and wood design
  • implications of EU- strategic processes
  • networking at the European level between decision makers of wood products industries, society, policy and research funding

The first day consists of presentations given by leading European bio-economy experts, followed by interactive panel discussions, where the audience can challenge the speakers. In the business forum, the participants will get familiar with a selection of innovative company solutions through flash presentations and small-group discussions.

In the second day, the participants are invited to discuss, plan, and network to produce ideas for further collaborative actions. Excursion includes visits to wood terminal and wood product industries company and production site.

Feel free to spread knowledge of this seminar to all who might be interested and find more information here

www.metla.fi/tapahtumat/2016/rdisymposium/

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2016!

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Forest Economy Conference coming up soon!

This is the first announcement and call for papers of the conference by the Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics in May 25th – 27th 2016!

Where: Drøbak, Norway

Deadlines:
Submission of Abstracts: March 15th
Registration: 15th of April

The major four topics will be:
1. Business Economics of Forestry & Forest Management Planning
2. Forest Policy
3. Forest Industry & Forest Products Markets
4. International Forestry
For questions please contact Hans Fredrik Hoen: hans.hoen@nmbu.no and download the Conference Flyer

Climate change adaptation in Swedish forestry: Driving forces, risks and opportunities

Original source: Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

This synthesis brief summarizes key insights from SEI’s research on climate change adaptation in Swedish forestry as part of the 2008–2015 Mistra-SWECIA programme.

The climate is changing because of human activities, and in Sweden, the forestry sector, which accounts for about 2% of GDP, is particularly exposed to climate change impacts. The forests are already being affected by warmer and more erratic temperatures, changes in precipitation, and extreme weather events. Large-scale losses from storms, droughts, fires and pest infestations are expected to become more common – but forest productivity is also increasing. Adaptation is crucial to minimize vulnerability to negative impacts and seize new opportunities.

By taking a broad perspective on climate risks, vulnerability and adaptation in a real-world context, SEI set out to better understand the social factors that determine the success of adaptation, and how to overcome barriers to enable stakeholders to adapt to the full extent of their capacity. In particular, the research focused on the roughly 330,000 individual owners who manage about half of Sweden’s forests, including about 11.5 million hectares of productive forest land.

SEI’s work in Mistra-SWECIA also fostered science-based stakeholder dialogues to more directly address forest owners’ questions and needs, and to enable knowledge-sharing and collaborative learning among forest owners and researchers. In addition, it examined the role of social networks for communicating different types of knowledge and information among actors, and how they underpin opportunities for – and barriers to – adaptation.

Download the research synthesis brief (pdf)

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What is the preference of Swedish forestry stakeholders – biodiversity or production goals?

Original source of brief: SIANI and Focali

Healthy and productive forests benefit us all, but what are the priorities of those directly managing Swedish forests? This brief presents a comparison of the preferences of key stakeholders regarding Swedish forest management and biodiversity protection. According to the Swedish Forest Act, production and environmental goals should be regarded as equally important. The study finds that forest owners, public forestry officials and employees at industrial forestry companies and forest owners’ associations prefer management practices that promote production rather than biodiversity protection.

Copy of brief available here. This brief is based on the following publication:

Nordén, A., J. Coria, A.M. Jönsson, F. Lagergren and V. Lehsten. (2015). Divergence in Stakeholders’ Preferences: Evidence from a Choice Experiment on Forest Landscapes Preferences in Sweden. Working Papers in Economics no: 616. Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg.

Disclaimer: Responsibility for the content of this brief rests entirely with the authors.

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Job Vacancy in Business Development and Forestry

Are you an expert on Business Development and Forestry?

The department of Forest Products at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala has  is a Job Vacancy as Senior Lecturer with a full time employment.

More information can be found in the announcement and by contacting Anders Roos at SLU.

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Workshop for Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services

Call for abstracts for poster presentations – deadline extended until 14 October 2015

 

Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services

 

Copenhagen, 3-5 November, 2015

University of Copenhagen

Bülowsvej 17

1870 Frederiksberg C

The conference is arranged by the Centre of Advanced Research on Environmental Services from Nordic Forest Ecosystems, CAR-ES, funded by Nordic Forest Research (SNS) 2011-2015. This is an open network that brings together Nordic and Baltic forest researchers in order to provide scientific knowledge on the impacts of forest management on major environmental services for decision making within the forestry sector and for policy development.

The focus of the conference is on the interaction between the forest management and the forest’s environmental ecosystem services in temperate and boreal forests. Four scientific sessions focus on carbon sequestration, water protection, biodiversity, and soil quality, respectively, and a fifth is dedicated to integrated studies. Based on inputs via participants’ oral and poster presentations and discussions, the conference aims at giving present the state-of-the-art and identify knowledge gaps and future challenges. Furthermore, key note presentations by Michael Scherer-Lorenzen (University of Freiburg, Germany) and Bridget Emmet (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, United Kingdom) will link forest management and environmental ecosystem services in a broader perspective, and an overview of ten years of CAR-ES integrated research on carbon sequestration, water protection, biodiversity, and soil quality in the Nordic–Baltic region will be presented.

This extended call welcomes poster presentations from students, researchers and stakeholders more broadly. Please visit the conference website for further details: http://ign.ku.dk/english/outreach-publications/conferences-seminars/car-es-final-conference/

Kind regards,

Leena Finer         Lars Högbom   Inge Stupak
LUKE                Skogforsk       University of Copenhagen
Finland             Sweden             Denmark

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EFINORD Seminar – 14 October 2015

Potential and consequences of increasing the use of forest bioenergy - 14 October 2015

The promotion of renewable energy is among the key elements of the EU’s energy policy, and mandatory national targets have been defined to increase the share of energy from renewable sources of the gross final energy consumption in 2020. For northern Europe, the use of forest biomass for bioenergy purposes can considerable contribute to these targets. In this perspective we are happy to invite you to the EFINORD seminar Potential and consequences of increasing the use of forest bioenergy.

The seminar will take place in meeting room Aspen at SLU, Umeå, from 09:30 to 15:30 on 14 October 2015. Everyone is welcome but registration is required for coffee and lunch with deadline the 1st of October. The seminar is hosted by the Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU, and the organizer is EFINORD (European Forest Institute’s North European Regional Office).

For registration and programme please visit EFINORD

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Barents Forest Forum

Dates: September 17-18, 2015
Location: Joensuu Science Park, Joensuu, Finland

Promoting wood construction and forest energy

The Barents Forest Forum acts as a cooperation platform for various forest sector stakeholders, and over hundred participants are expected to the event. Contributions from business, research and development, education and administration highlight the role of forest bioeconomy in the Northern Europe, in particular wood construction and forest energy as drivers of sustainable development.

The first Forum day is featured with high level practice oriented presentations and networking, while the second day is devoted to practical demonstrations during the excursion.

The Forum is organized under the auspices of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council as one of the key events under the Finnish chairmanship.

To register and learn more about the scope of the Forum, visit Barents Forest Forum

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