Landscape history – what is natural?

“The study of past landscapes and ecosystems is known as paleoecology, which is closely related to geology, biology and botany, as well as history and archaeology. The unique benefit of paleoecology as compared to neo-ecology is the time perspective, as it enables identification of phenomena beyond timescales of direct human experience, which might only correspond to two or three tree generations.”

Read more about landscape history in the nordic countries presented by Tove Hultberg at the NordGen Forest Conference 2016 here.

Forthcoming event: EFINORD-SNS workshop


Future research topics in forest sciences for Northern Europe

SNS and EFINORD are jointly arranging a workshop on “Future research topics in forest sciences for Northern Europe” on 16th of November at Arlanda airport. Several representatives of the forest research institutes from the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region are participating the workshop dealing with the trends changing the operational environment of forest research, challenges and important future topics of the research and its financing and collaboration.

Read the full program here.

The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region forum


Stefan Löfven holding a 3D printed shoe at the 7th meeting for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), which was held in Stockholm last week.




Sustainable fashion shown at the forum. Read more about the meeting here.

New policy brief: Developing Energy Governance in Northern Europe

The forest energy governance exists as phenomena in each country separately in Northern Europe. However, ask interaction between the countries is lacking in this field. The idea behind this SNS-funded network was to bring the specialist from Northern Europe in one place to discuss the similarities and common features which can be taken further as an examples of best practices and promoted elsewhere around the globe.

Read the policy brief here.

New publication: Restoration priorities and strategies

Restoration to protect biodiversity and enhance green infrastructure: Nordic examples of priorities and needs for strategic solutions

Restoration is a tool to achieve several of the strategic targets of The Convention on Biological Diversity from 2010. Currently, no rx there is no standard for how to set priorities for restoration. The aim of this project was to exchange knowledge between the Nordic countries and Estonia regarding experiences of restoration and priority setting with a landscape perspective. Using case examples, discount the project explores and discusses approaches for setting priorities, and suggests possible ways of improved approaches for prioritization. This includes how to improve Green Infrastructure and measures for protection of species and habitats in fragmented landscapes. The case examples use different approaches, and provide ideas, reflections and take-home messages to enhance future prioritization. This report show that there is a need for greater emphasis on the prioritization aspects of restoration.

Read the full report here.

Forthcoming event: Building an innovative and resilient forest bioeconomy

Building an innovative and resilient forest bioeconomy
15 November 2016, purchase International Press Center, Brussels

The next ThinkForest event discusses how we can ensure successful forest-based bioeconomy development:

  •  What bioeconomy innovations are required?
  •  How do EU-global interactions affect bioeconomy development?
  •  How can we monitor and assess the resiliency of bioeconomy

The event is hosted by Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP and is chaired by Göran Persson, ThinkForest president.

Keynote speakers include:
European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic Anton Stredak 

View the full programme here and register here.

New publication: Forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation

From Science to Policy 3: Forest biomass, search carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation

Göran Berndes, malady Bob Abt, Antti Asikainen, Annette Cowie, Virginia Dale, Gustaf Egnell, Marcus Lindner, Luisa Marelli, David Paré, Kim Pingoud and Sonia Yeh

European Forest Institute, 2016

The Paris Agreement and the EU Climate and Energy Framework set ambitious but necessary targets. Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by phasing out the technologies and infrastructures that cause fossil carbon emissions is one of today’s most important challenges. In the EU, bioenergy is currently the largest renewable energy source used. Most Member States have in absolute terms increased the use of forest biomass for energy to reach their 2020 renewable energy targets.

In recent years, the issue of ‘carbon neutrality’ has been debated with regard to the bioenergy products that are produced from forest biomass. There is no clear consensus among scientists on the issue and their messages may even appear contradictory to decision-makers and citizens. Divergence arises because scientists address the issue from different points of view, which can all be valid. It is important to find agreement on some basic principles, to inform policy makers. Guidance is also needed on how the results should be interpreted.

This report provides insights into the current scientific debate on forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation. It draws on the science literature to give a balanced and policy-relevant synthesis, from both an EU and global perspective.

The publication is freely downloadable here.

New policy brief – Place-based governance of urban forests and green spaces for climate-resilient cities

This new policy brief from SNS funded CARe-FOR-US summarizes the advantages of a collaborative, click place-based approach for climate-resilient urban forestry and urban greening. Read the full version here.

Ny Publikation: Sektorprogram – Fiskeri och havsbrug, jordbruk, livsmedel och skogsbruk

Finland är ordförande i Nordiska ministerrådet 2016. Huvudteman för ordförandeskapetär vatten, online natur och människor. Dessa teman stöder målen attavlägsna gränshinder mellan de nordiska länderna, främja digitaliseringoch stärka de nordiska ländernas gemensamma inflytande i internationellasammanhang.

Läs mer här.

New Policy Brief – Field layer important for Nordic people´s forest preference

Now read our latest SNS policy brief!
Read the full Policy Brief here.


New SNS supported research shows that field layer characteristics largely influenced the Nordic population’s forest preferences. Active introduction and management of field layer may be encouraging for forest managers and policy makers – especially in an urban context – as it proposes a relatively quick possibility to increase the recreational value of many young forests resulting from afforestation or regeneration cuttings.


Authors and affiliations:


Anders Busse Nielsen
University of Copenhagen
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Frank Søndergaard Jensen
University of Copenhagen

Vegard Sverre Gundersen
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research