Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2010
Connecting Young European Experts

Forest-water interactions in Europe

23-28 May 2010, Joensuu, Finland

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                                                                                                        Group photo: Varpu Heiskanen 

Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla)
Metla House Joensuu
Yliopistokatu 6
FIN-80101 Joensuu

Press release

Topic 2010 • Forest-water interactions in Europe 

The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2010 discusses science and policy used in decision making concerning the role of forests when regulating the water cycle and the role of forest management, and its effects on the quantity and quality of water.The topic 'Forest-water interactions in Europe' is a very timely, as water issues are high on the political agenda and of utmost importance to forest owners.

The networking week will address the various aspects of water and forests (e.g. droughts in southern Europe and its impact on forest), but also the water use of forests and its cooling effects on the atmosphere. Other concerns are the water storing possibilities under forests, and the role of forest management in affecting the water cycle. Scientific aspects, as well as governance and practical issues will be addressed in detail as well. The excursion will address the methods on how the information can be gathered from forests and water and how to monitor the methods used by scientists and stakeholders


The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week (JFNW) is an initiative connecting and increasing the interaction between young and experienced scientists, professionals and stakeholders in forestry from different parts of Europe. JFNW was organised in 2009 for the first time by Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), European Forest Institute(EFI) and University of Eastern Finland. The issues around climate change were discussed from the viewpoint of forest policy and forest management at local, regional and European levels. The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2009 was successful and created a new research network to accelerate new research projects and activities in this field. Altogether 53 participants from 17 countries participated the first event. After receiving very positive feedback from the participants of the JFNW 2009 the three responsible organisations agreed to organize these events also in the future. Timely and important topics were choosen for the next two events, for 2010 “Forests and Waters” and for 2011 “Forests and Energy”. The preparation for JFNW 2010 is underway. For the 2010 event, a new organizing institute has joined the team: North Karelia University of Applied Sciences will work together with the three organizing institutes of the JFNW 2009 event