Forests in northern Europe in the light of new climate scenarios

A new set of climate scenarios has recently been developed by IPCC. These give at hand that changed climate conditions are likely to improve growing conditions for forests in northern Europe (Scandinavia and Baltic countries). However, climate change may also increase the risk of damages i.e. storms, pests and pathogens. These new conditions, both opportunities and potential threats and their effects on economy, need to be evaluated, for the current dominant silvicultural practice as well as for alternative ways of managing the forest.

The workshop gave an orientation in research initiatives concerning how changed growing conditions, increased risk and climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies affect economy, governance and drivers and barriers to adapting forestry and society to a future climate.

- The workshop illustrated a great variety of implications of climate change in our region. By sharing ideas we can develop our collaboration further, says Johan Bergh, who is the project leader of the interdisciplinary component Climate change mitigation and adaptation within Future Forests.

Exchanging of ideas, developing of strategies for forestry and coordinating the research within this field is seen as an important task at this stage when the new climate scenarios are presented by IPCC. The plan is that the workshop will be the start of a long-term collaboration within this field, with Future Forests and EFINORD as the cohesive force.

- We will likely face similar opportunities and threats in northern Europe. The options for action and adaptation measures could be similar for the region and this is why EFINORD has an important role in supporting collaboration and an efficient exchange of knowledge throughout the region, says Mika Mustonen, head of EFINORD.

The next meeting will be hosted by METLA in Finland. The meeting will be held in fall 2014.

Presentations of the workshop can be downloaded here.

More information:

Johan Bergh, johan.bergh(at)slu.se
Mika Mustonen, mika.mustonen(at)efi.int

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