Forest restoration seminar

Forest in Østmarka outside Oslo, Norway, that will be restored. Photo: Rannveig M. Jacobsen.

Ecological restoration methods for sustainable forest use

29 – 31 August 2022 we invite you to a forest restoration seminar to discuss ecological and economical usefulness of forest restoration in the Nordic countries.

As we have entered the UN Decade on Restoration, it is timely to investigate how restoration methods for forests can be applied to increase sustainability and reduce climate risk within forestry.

Reduced climate resilience and biodiversity crisis

Forestry in Scandinavia with its intensive harvesting practices has led to the simplification of tree species composition and homogenization of forest structure, thus inducing low resilience of boreal forests to global change. Specifically, climate scenarios for the next 100 years are not ‘good news’ for the large-scale use of spruce in forestry. Increasing storms, and a future warmer and moister climate, particularly during winter, will harm spruce growth and survival over large southern regions due to increased insect and fungal attacks, and increased frequency of severe summer droughts will set back growth and survival and increase the risk of wildfires. In addition to reducing the resilience to climate change, forestry has also been the main driver behind a large-scale biodiversity crisis, and biodiversity is presently under the combined pressures from fragmentation, degradation, and climate change.

Possible win-win solutions?

This situation, while true, is not without possibilities for the forestry sector. The EU Taxonomy proposals and future developments will increasingly push for changes using economic incentives and opportunities such as selling carbon storage capabilities and promoting smart biodiversity off-setting. This also implies that it is now timely to review the possibilities for, and increase the dialogue on, possible win/win solutions based on ecological restoration science. The classic paradigm of restoring a reference state of forests is not adequate under a global change scenario. Restoration policies should restore ecosystems accounting for the future changed state, rather than for a past, static, reference state. For instance, there is an urgent need to restore green infrastructure able to facilitate the movements of organisms under climate change that provide spatiotemporal functional connectivity. This can only be realized through cooperation among all the relevant actors, including forestry. 


Forest restoration seminar 29 – 31 August 2022 in Asker, Norway

To discuss ecological and economical usefulness of forest restoration in the Nordic countries we invite forest restoration researchers and forestry stakeholders to present their work and views during a 3-day seminar 29-31 August 2022. The seminar will include sessions on topics such as restoration goals and moving targets under global change, potential benefits of diversification of forest structure (through e.g., variable density thinning and dead wood creation) or promotion of temperate deciduous forest. We will also arrange two workshops during the seminar to promote initiation of cooperation between researchers and with stakeholders.


Program:

Monday 29 August

Lunch and welcome

Afternoon sesssions:

  • Forest restoration at the scale of microhabitats and individual species occurences
  • Excursion to the nearby Spirodden peninsula reserve

Tuesday 30 August

Morning sessions:

  • Forest restoration at the scale of stands
  • Forest restoration at the scale of landscape

Afternoon sessions:

  • Policy and restoration tools
  • Workshop 1 - Possible applications of forest restoration - interest and needs

Wednesday 31 August

Morning sessions:

  • Workshop 2 - Develop proposal for forest restoration research project

Closing lunch

Young, mixed forest in Norway, which is being restored to temperate deciduous forest. Photo: Siri Lie Olsen.

The venue

Thon Hotel Vettre is located a short distance from Oslo in Asker. The hotel is easily reached by public transportation or by car. More information about how to get here under Transport. Near the hotel, we find the Oslo fiord and the Løkenes forest reserve on Spirodden peninsula, which we will visit for an excursion.

Transport and getting there

Asker and Thon Hotel Vettre are easily accessible by train or bus from Oslo. The nearest bus stop, Vettre, is a three minutes’ walk from the hotel. Public transport alternatives can be found here: https://ruter.no/

The distance from Oslo International Airport (Gardermoen) to Asker is 74 km. The ticket price is around 25 EUR and train tickets can be bought here: flytoget.no

Call for abstracts

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentations related to the themes of forest restauration from the scale of microhabitats and individual species to the landscape scale. Presentations will be 12 minutes + 1-2 minutes for questions.

Presentations will be selected based on the content of the submitted abstracts. We welcome presentations under the sub-themes:

  • Forest restauration at the scale of microhabitats and individual species occurrences.
  • Forest restoration at the scale of stands.
  • Forest restoration at the scale of landscapes.
  • Policy and restoration tool

Abstracts must be submitted as word documents in Calibri font size 12. The word limit in the body of the abstract is 400. The abstract must be prepared in English and contain the following sections: 

  • Presenter (name and contact information)
  • Introduction/Background/Justification
  • Objective(s)/Hypothesis(es)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Implications / Conclusions

The deadline for submitting abstracts is June 10th at 12:00 CET. Selected speakers will be notified by June 20th. The presentations will be streamed.

To submit as abstract email Yennie K. Bredin (Yennie.bredin@nina.no).

Registration

Register here.

Registrations close on June 10th at 12:00 CET.

We cover the stay 29-31 August and part of the travel costs (up to NOK 2000) for those who are accepted as presenters at the conference. Stakeholders who wish to participate in the Workshops can ask to have their stay 30-31 August and travel costs (up to NOK 2000) covered. All other attendees must cover their own expenses. 

Contact

For questions, contact Yennie K Bredin or Björn Nordén .

The seminar is financed by SNS.

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