Do boreal forests really mitigate climate change?

In a new dissertation from SLU, David Hadden shows that the flow of CO2 seems to be more complicated than previously thought. For example, both managed and unmanaged boreal forests were seen to emit relatively large amounts of carbon dioxide during large parts of the measuring period.

Access the doctoral thesis here.

Call for joint NKJ-SNS Networks in 2017 is open!


The aim of the call is to promote Nordic cross-sectorial collaboration among researchers and stakeholders from the forest and agricultural sectors by networking activities.

Access more information about the call and how to apply here.


Work with us!

SNS is looking for a communicator!

Apply here before February 6.





Apply for the joint NordGen Forest-SNS Scholarship!


From 2017, NordGen Forest and SNS cooperate on scholarships to encourage education and knowledge exchange within forest genetic resources, supply of seeds, plants and methods for regeneration.


Deadline for application: 15 February.

The activity in question must be relevant in a Nordic setting, and contribute to a common Nordic benefit.

Maximum amount is 20 000 NOK.


Find more information about criteria and how to apply at the NordGen Forest website. 


Happy holidays!




Landscape history – what is natural?

“The study of past landscapes and ecosystems is known as paleoecology, look which is closely related to geology, ailment 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), medications 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, stuff 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, cost 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, illness the project explores and discusses approaches for setting priorities, site 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.