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.
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).
Julia Carlsson (left) and Ida Wallin (right) from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences discussing “policy backcasting”
Jens Friis Lund from the University of Copenhagen presenting a case study from Ghana’s High Forest Zone
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.”
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.
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.