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Student Trainee for The Nordic Centre

The Nordic Centre is  looking for a student trainee . The time will be fall semester 2015/2016 and the deadline for applications is March 10. 2015. The place of work will in Shanghai, China.

The position is to students from the Nordic Centre´s member universities and students from all academic fields are invited to apply.

More information HERE

Call for Nordic Flagship Projects (Nordic Energy Research)

This call of 80 million NOK aims to support three to five Nordic Flagship Projects of up to four years in length. These ambitious and high profile projects will address interdisciplinary research questions from a Nordic perspective, contributing to the achievement of national energy and climate targets. The projects will facilitate in-depth and effective cooperation between Nordic research environments, world-class energy research and development activities, and the production of politically relevant research results.

Find out more about the call HERE

Oucome of The Sumforest Foresight Workshop in Brussels

Last Tuesday, the 2nd of December, Sumforest held a foresight exercise workshop at KoWi (Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschaftsorganisationen) in Brussels. The goal of the workshop was interactions with and the identification of information needs from and for forest policy makers. The foresight workshop was organised with European forest policy makers, scientists and key stakeholders from the Stakeholder Advisory Group.

Find out more about the workshop HERE

Ecosystem Services : In Nordic Freshwater Management

Human well-being is dependent upon and benefit from ecosystem services which are delivered by well-functioning ecosystems. Ecosystem services can be mapped and assessed consistently within an ecosystem service framework. This project aims to explore the use and usefulness of the ecosystem service framework in freshwater management, particularly water management according to the Water Framework Directive (WFD). There are several examples of how ecosystem services have been used in WFD related studies in all the Nordic countries. Most of them involve listing, describing and categorizing freshwater ecosystem services, while there are few comprehensive Cost Benefit Analyses and analyses of disproportionate costs that apply this framework. More knowledge about ecosystem services and the value of ecosystem services for freshwater systems is needed.

Read report HERE

Call for Funding and Matchmaking Day

An early heads-up : the SNS and NKJ secretariats will announce a funding call on the 26th of January 2015. The aim is to support interesting Forestry and Agriculture projects that foster sustainable resource management in the Nordic countries. Later in February we will organize a Matchmaking Day aiming to bring researchers from different fields (forestry, agriculture, energy etc.) together and spark brilliant ideas!!!

More details will be soon announced on SNS homepage and NB forest

For more information, please contact:

Inga bodeker.sns@slu.se

Alex giurca.sns@slu.se

Climate change – is Nordic forestry prepared?

Climate change is recognized as one of the most important challenges for society and many ecosystems. Although forests are generally robust there is a concern that many forest trees will be seriously affected by the rapid increase in temperature. Nordgen Forest has conducted a survey to assess awareness and preparedness for climate change.

Find out more HERE

Insights into Research Capacities and Priorities within the EU, Russia, and EaP Countries

Last Whednesday, the 19th of Novmber, the Sumforest Workshop “Sustainable Forest Management – Research Capacities and Priorities” was held in Kazan, Russia. The workshop was held as an official side event of the 72nd session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI).

The objective was to discuss and share views on potentials to increase cooperation and setting joint priorities in research needs in the field of sustainable forest management in EU and Russia and the Eastern partnership (EaP) countries.

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The workshop gathered over 40 participants – the representatives of forest sector from Russia, EU and five Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Moldova). The participants represented applied research, academic and educational organizations, as well as business organizations and public bodies in the forest sector.

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The workshop outcomes will be used as a basis for further work on identifying joint research priorities, as background work for a possible later joint call for proposals targeted at EU and Russia/Eastern partnership on research on sustainable forest management.

For a first insight into the outcome, the conference programme and presentations can be downloaded here. The presentations can be accessed by clicking the according links in the conference programme.

Photos are taken by Denis Popov, Mondi Syktyvkar

A great step forward for Forest Policy Science in Northern Europe

The EFINORD-SNS co-funded event 2nd Nordic Conference on Forest Policy Science took  place between 12 and 14 Nowember,2014 in Ängavallen, Southern Sweden was a great success and brought together some 37 participants from Nordic and Baltic countries.  The SNS secretariat was also present at this event.

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Conference organizer Vilis Brukas (left) and Ängavallens Gård farmer Rolf Axel Nordström (right) opening the conference and welcoming participants

Two parallel sessions with presentations and discussions were held on each day of the conference. Day one’s sessions focused on “Deliberative Governance” and on “Ideas, Frames and Discourses”. Day two and three continued with other interesting sessions on “Local Participation to Global Politics”, a discussion on “European East: Still in Transition?” to ” Conflicts, Coordinations, Coalitions” and “Creative Futures”.  The conference program and some presentations can be accessed HERE (presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the blue colored title).

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Julia Carlsson (left) and Ida Wallin (right) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences discussing “policy backcasting” 

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Jens Friis Lund from the University of Copenhagen presenting a case study from Ghana’s High Forest Zone

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Pia Katila from the Finish Forest Research Institute discussing the “Prerequisite conditions for forest-related sustainable development”

Day one ended with a workshop chaired by Daniela Kleinschmit. The focus of the workshop was on ways to strengthen Forest Policy Research in Northern Europe.

Daniela Kleinschmit: “When talking about Forest Policy Science there are fragmented initiatives in Northern Europe. We need to co-operate in order to strengthen our network and make a difference on a bigger scale.

SNS secretary Inga Bödeker then gave a presentation on possibilities for collaboration between SNS and forest policy researchers from Northern Europe and beyond:

SNS is here to facilitate and support cooperation between researchers in Nordic countries. We need to focus on braking down silos and on breaking down borders for the benefit of quality and relevant research. SNS is here to support such efforts and help strengthen the Forest Policy Science network.”

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 Inga Bödeker (left) and Daniela Kleinschmit (right) discussing with the workshop participants

The conference participants were thereafter encouraged to discuss around different strategies for raising and strengthening awareness about Forest Policy Science in Northern countries. Participants were challenged to come up with hands-on ideas on how this goal can be achieved.

The workshop generated fruitful discussions and participants came up with exciting ideas on how to strengthen and promote their network in Northern Europe and beyond.

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Participants having lively discussions during the workshop session

There was a general consensus on the importance of collaborating with SNS in order to support future networking events such as conferences, meetings or workshops. Participants agreed that the SNS Policy Brief offers a great opportunity for the network to reach out to policy makers, researchers from within or outside the forest policy network, and the general public.  The Policy Brief from the Forest Policy Science group will soon be available and shared through the SNS network.

SNS will continue seeking to support events such as this one. There is an obvious need for greater cooperation among forest researchers in Northern countries. The overall purpose of SNS is to promote research into the diverse functions of the forests in sustainable forestry, as well as to advice researchers and policy makers in the Nordic region on questions concerning forests and forest research.  By discovering and leveraging our strengths together we can make a positive impact and ensure a sustainable future for the Nordic region.

 

Selfoss Declaration on sustainable forestry in the Nordic region

This report reflects on the achievements of the Selfoss Declaration on sustainable forestry in the Nordic region, made in 2008 by the Ministers of Forestry in the Nordic countries and the following recommendations on how to implement the intention of the declaration.

The question is, did the forestry sector focus on the resolution acknowledged by the forestry ministers in the Declaration, and furthermore, how did it affect the forestry sector in the Nordic countries?

The Selfoss Declaration initiated a lot of activities, financed with funds from the Nordic Council of Ministers and incisive actions in organizing the forest research cooperation across national boundaries within the Nordic neighboring countries.

Based on this experience, it seems important that the forestry ministers continue to take an active part in visualizing where Nordic cooperation should head in the future.

Download report HERE

Norway’s minister Sylvi Listhaug in Brussels

Thursday 13 November 2014, Agriculture and Food Minister Sylvi Listhaug will be in Brussels for opening the seminar ” Forests and the bioeconomy : future steps ” in the European Parliament , organized by the European Forest Institute and Think Forest. She will then meet the European Commission’s new agriculture commissioner , Phil Hogan .