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Future Forests

Research project Future Forests is an interdisciplinary platform of expertise for analysis of complex research issues relating to forests.

The vision of Future Forests is to provide scientifically robust knowledge to enable an increased and yet sustainable provision of ecosystem services from forests in a future characterized by climate change, energy transition and altered markets for forest goods and services.

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Project overview

Project period

2013-01-01 2016-12-31

Research subject

Ecology, History, History of ideas, Natural resource science, Political science, Sociology

Project description

The vision of Future Forests is to provide scientifically robust knowledge to enable an increased and yet sustainable provision of ecosystem services from forests in a future characterized by climate change, energy transition and altered markets for forest goods and services.

The Future Forests program has four main objectives:

• Provide knowledge needed to enable an increased and sustainable provision of ecosystem services, i.e. tree biomass, biodiversity conservation, recreation, water resources, and climate change mitigation, from boreal forest landscapes in Sweden and elsewhere;

• Develop models for science based decision support to resolve goal conflicts aggravating multiple use of forest landscapes;

• Improve the capacity of the forest sector to adapt to global changes driven by climate change, the energy transition process and altered markets for forest goods and services;

• Set up a framework for the discussion of the forest’s future in Sweden for the coming generation and make that discussion an inspiration for other countries.