20 May 2019 - 21 May 2019
Host: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
The boreal forests are almost equal in size to the tropical forests. These two huge biomes play very significant roles in the global C balance, but the tropical forests have received far more attention because of greater human populations, rapid land-use changes and more acute biodiversity issues.
As regards boreal forests, several studies based on temporal and spatial variations in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere (atmospheric inversions) indicate that they are a large net sink for CO2. Moreover, satellite sensors have picked up an earlier spring “greening” of high-latitude vegetation suggesting the possibility of greater plant growth, which is corroborated by a trend of increasing inter-annual amplitude in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere over high latitudes. In countries with active forest management over much of the area, like Finland and Sweden, there have been remarkable increases in growing stock and growth the last century, which have been ascribed to both environmental change and management.
However, there are contrasting views on the present and future C sink strength of boreal forests and especially on the role of forest management in this context. This lack of scientific consensus was heightened by the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA), when ministers from the six major boreal countries (Russia, Canada, USA, Sweden, Finland and Norway) met in Haparanda, Sweden, in June 2018. As a result, the ministers invited IBFRA to assist in enhancing science to policy linkages.
This workshop in Stockholm aims at launching, scoping and coordinating the IBFRA Insight Process on Boreal Forest Management by addressing the following question:
IIASA’s CLR Centre Head and Deputy ESM Program Director Florian Kraxner will be participating in his role as IBFRA President. ESM- CLR researchers Anatoly Shvidenko and Dmitry Shchepashchenko will be joining to provide their expertise on Russian boreal forests areas. The outcome of the workshop will shape and inform the future IBFRA Insight Process.
Text adapted from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Last edited: 22 November 2019
Swedish Forest Day 2019
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