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Northern forests’ role in security, stability and sustainability

Time Thursday 17 October, 2024 at 12:00 - 13:00
Place Universum Galaxen - Jupiter & Online

Forests are connected to several security issues

This hybrid seminar brings together researchers to discuss from different perspectives how forests and security issues are linked, and to lay foundations for future collaborations. What are existing knowledge gaps and where should we focus our research in a world where security is an increasing concern?

The focus will be on security as essential for sustainability and stability instead of just preparing for conflicts.

Input talks

Niklas Eklund, Umeå University
Toms Kokins, Umeå University
Marcus Öhman, Luleå University of Technology
Louise Eriksson, Umeå University

Program changes may occur


Come and join on this hybrid seminar! Use the form to announce wether you participate on site or online, and if you would like a lunch sandwhich.

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Universum Galaxen - Jupiter
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A link for online participants will be out here later.


Security issues are getting more attention. One of the main security issues related to forests in Sweden is food security in relation to trade-offs between forest and agricultural production. However, forests connect to security issues in various ways, for example with social, environmental, and economic issues. When looking at forests from the perspectives of security, stability, and sustainability, it includes the important role the forests have in bringing communities together, helping local ways of life, and keeping people healthy. Forests can also be assessed as sources of sustainable and accessible energy. They can even help countries work together to protect nature and fight climate change. Forests are important for dealing with climate change in the long term, which helps keep society stable. When we talk about forests and security, we can also look at examples from other countries where past conflicts have changed forest landscapes and forest uses, or where they are still doing so.

This seminar is organised by Future Forests, in partnership with the Arctic Centre at Umeå University.

Event type: Seminar
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